At the Movies
Deciding that more than a year would just be too long to make us wait, Woody Allen presents Scoop, coming not so long after his critical smash from last year, Match Point. The latter was a complete break for Allen, not just by being set in London but by completely eschewing any kind of comedy and going for a straight morality play. But with Scoop, Allen has no such intentions, aiming for nothing more than straight screwball comedy mixed in with a light murder mystery. Pretty people (Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman), cornball jokes (“My religion? I was born to the Hebrew persuasion, but later converted to narcissism”), and most importantly, nothing too serious. And it almost works, more’s the pity — the mood is perfect, the cast great, and the locations just right, but sadly the script remains a little thin on the comedy, which is fairly inexcusable for Allen.
Scoop opens today, Friday, July 28. My review is at filmcritic.com. Link.