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An American journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) visiting London gets a hot tip on a notorious serial murder case after a ghostly encounter inside the disappearing cabinet of a neurotic vaudevillian (writer/director/co-star Woody Allen). But when she falls for the dashing aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) who might be the killer, her magician pal tries to help her get the story--before she possibly becomes the next victim!

Starring:
Woody Allen, Julian Glover
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Julian Glover, Ian McShane, Scarlett Johansson, Charles Dance, Hugh Jackman
Director Woody Allen
Genres Drama
Studio Icon Home Entertainment
Rental release 9 February 2015
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2015
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This Woody Allen flick went almost a decade before finally getting a DVD release here in the UK - in some ways I can see why, it's far from his best work but as a fan I still found much to enjoy in this one.

Allen takes a starring role this time out which adds an element to proceedings as we likely won't see that much more of him on screen. He plays a stage magician who teams up with Scarlett Johansson's amateur journalist after they get a tip off as to the identity of a notorious serial killer who's bumping off London prostitutes. This tip off comes from beyond the grave in the form of a deceased journalist (just go with it).

Allen brings his usual fast patter with the odd corking one liner hitting home while Johansson plays nicely off him - they have a pretty decent, amusing, odd couple dynamic. Hugh Jackman gives us his best Hugh Grant impression as the possible murderer while a raft of familiar faces from British TV and film fill in the background.

In terms of Allen's previous work it's similar in tone to Manhattan Murder Mystery for example with a dash of the fantastic from the likes of Midnight in Paris or The Purple Rose of Cairo. Each of those films are superior to this one of course but it's still worth a go. The plot is interesting enough and perhaps most importantly it is genuinely funny for the most part - bringing a fair few chuckles and the odd big laugh. Recommended for fans, cautiously recommended for everyone else.
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I am by no means a Woody Allen film and the first 15 minutes or so of this film were so shaky that I almost switched off, but it turned out to be an unexpected delight.

I'm not a Scarlett Johansson fan either, but I'm starting to change my mind after this very light-hearted but spot-on performance. She and the director made an unorthodox but highly effective double act, and while that age-old US portrayal of the British as wealthy, castle-dwelling, empty souls usually grates, for the purposes of this film it was perfect.

As good as Manhatten Murder Mystery, the only Woody Allen film I've ever whole-heartedly enjoyed, this film has more humour and a better sense of fun than any comedy I've watched in a long time.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2015
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‘Scoop’ is a Woody Allen film set in London. Despite this, most of its lead actors are not British. But that’s by the way. The fact is that it’s supposed to be a comedy. Only it’s not really that funny. Sure, there are a few lines here and there (largely delivered by Woody Allen himself) which may raise a smile, but overall it’s hardly a ‘laugh out loud’ affair.

Scarlett Johansson plays a student journalist in London who, while on stage during one of (magician) Woody Allen’s tricks, happens to be contacted by a ghost (Ian McShane) who tells her who a serial killer really is. She, in turn, decides to enlist Woody’s help and track down the alleged culprit. Only the man in question is Hugh Jackson and she falls in love with him. So you’re left with a kind of mish-mash of genres, encompassing supernatural, murder/mystery and romantic comedy. Sadly, it never really focuses on one area enough.

Scarlett and Woody are likable enough leads, but they breeze through the story (which is about a serial killer murdering women and leaving tarot cards at the scene of the crime) like they’re going on a picnic. It’s actually quite a dark affair, but you never really feel it, even in the climax at the end.

I read online that Woody Allen picked Scarlett Johansson because he thought she had untapped comedic value. She may well have, but she doesn’t really get much of a chance to shine here. Woody takes all the best lines for himself, leaving little else for her to do apart from fall in love and act a bit kooky.

Overall, ‘Scoop’ isn’t a bad film, it’s just not focused enough to be that memorable.

Bonus point (for men!) – Scarlett in a swimsuit (still doesn’t really save the entire movie though).
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Scarlet Johnasson and Woody Allen are two people trying to figure out the increasing deaths of young women by the Tarot Card Killer and one dead journalist reckons it's the handsome and very rich Hugh Jackman who may or may not be all his seems. She starts to fall for him while trying her hardest to find anything to link him to the murders and also not to lose her scoop. It's a very funny and clever story, lots of twists and turns. Everyone was very good and played their parts well, I'm glad I have seen it.
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I have to admit that I had been avoiding this film, owing to some terrible reviews it had received in some of the press. I can't believe I waited so long to see it! I absolutely loved it. A perfect film for a cosy Sunday afternoon. You can't help but get drawn into this enticing little comedy mystery. If you loved (as I did) Manhattan Murder Mystery, then you'll surely adore this.
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This Woody Allen film is a blip for him, which he later admitted (stating he would not act in his new films). The story is fast paced, hectic, colourful but lacks structure, comedy, fun and sophistication - as expected. Woody Allen's other newer, modern films do deliver, much more than this (i.e You Will Meet a..., Match Point and Vicky, Christina, Barcelona). Allen in this, provides an expected, but misplaced, nervous awkwardness - and this does not add to the film

The film stars the beautiful Scarlett Johansson as a quirky wannabe reporter. She is volunteered in a magic show, where Allen is the Magician. Whilst in a magic trick box she is visited by a recently deceased news reporter who gives her the 'scoop' on a murderer news story. This suspected murderer is played by Hugh Jackman.

For fans of Allen or the cast only really as the other more recent Allen films are far better.
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