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- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B007TSL7Q2
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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) (Region 2) (Import)
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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. Director: Woody Allen
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People are very scathing about Woody Allen's more recent films, but I think this one is great. It is funny, diverting, atmospheric, and has a great jazz soundtrack. If you want to spend an enjoyable evening watching a film I recommend it highly.
Allen & Helen Hunt both fall under the curse of the jade Scorpion whilst on an insurance firm's works evening out at a local magic show and that is the cue for the fast paced capers and one liners to keep you entertained.
The only downside is that Allen & Hunt make such an unlikely screen couple it stretches credability to say the least.
Otherwise though,an excellent film from the master and take no notice of the savage critical reviews of this film.
Accept the word of someone who has seen every Woody Allen film many times over.
The plot is zany, the look gorgeous, the romance predictable (but no less seductive and enjoyable for that), and the gags and one-liners flow with a relaxed fluency that puts the viewer (this one at any rate) at ease. Several Allen tropes, such as the frequently occuring use of hypnosis, and even a familiar face or two (Radio Days 'Masked Avenger' is one of Allen's insurance company buddies), add to the sense of comfortable continuity. There's a lot less angst and overt intellect than many Woody pics, but it's smart for all that, wearing its accomplishment lightly in its easy fluidity.
That the guy who made everything from Stardust Memories to Zelig could make something so in keeping with his whole oeuvre, and yet so light and easy, is all part of Woody's prolific and winning charm, to me. But I think I'll wait for the price to dip before I get my copy: I've accrued around 30 Allen movies so far, probably averaging around £5 a pop!
"Jade" is made in the would-be style of a 1930's screwball comedy/thriller, such as "The Front Page" or "Adam's Rib". It concerns (briefly) the activities of CW Briggs (Allen), an insurance investigator who is mesmerised by a stage hypnotist (David Ogden Stiers) into committing burglaries, culminating in the theft of the titular Jade Scorpion. His love interest is Bety Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt), an insurance company efficiency expert who frequently clashes with Allen and his methods (shades of the 1959 Peter Sellers film "The Battle of the Sexes") but who eventually joins forces with him to bring the hypnotist to justice.
There are three main problems with the film. Firstly, Allen himself. Casting himself as the dramatic and romantic lead was a terrible mistake, as he later admitted (though it didn't stop him going ahead with it). At 66, he was simply too old for the part; the dialogue is supposed to be rapid-fire in the screwball style, but you can see him struggling to remember the lines and keep up with the pace. It is also horribly embarrassing to see him trying to play the romantic lead to the young Helen Hunt (he obviously has a blind-spot where women much younger than himself are concerned).
Secondly, the script itself is at times clunky and awkward, betraying the style that it's supposed to emulate and leaving first-class screen actors like Stiers and Dan Ackroyd looking, through no fault of their own, somewhat foolish . And thirdly, the story itself doesn't hang together too well, having plotlines that lack internal logic and which leave holes in the story that all the authentic costumes and props in the world can't cover up.Read more ›
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Great film but this DVD is region 1 (USA) which of course won't play in a uk DVD player :(Published 1 month ago by A. Robertson