Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Scoop 2006

     Joe Stombel is a famous British journalist and he passes away.  His friends meet to recall that he was always looking for the next scoop.  Sondra Pransky is an American student of journalism in London.  Sondra is asked by magician and illusionist Sidney Waterman to come up on the stage to help him with his act.  She gets into a booth and Joe comes to her to tell her the identity of the tarot card serial killer.  Even after death, Joe is looking for the next scoop.  Sidney and Sondra join forces to investigate aristocrat Peter Lyman.  Sondra doesn’t believe Peter is involved but Sidney believes he is the killer.
     This film isn’t rocket science but it is interesting because you don’t know who is really guilty of the murder of several women.  Every time Sondra or Sidney, or both of them were sneaking downstairs to a secret room, I wanted to yell, get out of there!!  Scarlett Johansson was 21 at the time of filming and Hugh Jackman was 37.  Scarlett seems even younger in her role and Woody Allen wrote this part specifically for her.  3* (This movie is OK)

96 min, Comedy directed by Woody Allen with Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen, Romola Garai, Ian McShane, Charles Dance.

Note:  Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 40% critic 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 221 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Buckinhamshire and London, England, UK.

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