Monday, August 20, 2012

Scoop (2006): Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson Investigate...


     A true artist, Woody Allen seems to find a muse, focus his attention on her for a while, then move on to a new one. There was Diane Keaton, then Mia Farrow, then Scarlett Johansson and most recently... Penelope Cruz. It is in his series of films with Scarlett Johansson that one finds a reborn energy, however. For she seemed to awaken the creative spirit in Woody Allen that, although always present, had been temporarily shelved just prior to meeting her. In Scoop (2006), the two work well together, obviously having light fun after making the more somber film, Match Point (2005), together one year before. Indeed, they are a joyous pair to watch.
     Scarlett Johansson plays Sondra Pransky, a young journalism student visiting friends in London. While at a Vaudeville show, she encounters Splendini (Woody Allen), a magician who brings her on stage to perform a trick involving a mysterious box... 


     While inside, Sondra meets the ghost of a recently departed news reporter who wants to provide her with an amazing inside story about the true identity of a serial killer known as the Tarot Card Killer...


       The ghost states that the killer is in fact Nobility, the multi-millionaire son of Lord Lyman and this "scoop" will make her career. Eager, Sondra begins to investigate... with the reluctant help of Splendini, who is now posing as her father...


      They track Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman) to a health club, where Sondra uses her physical assets and charm... 

Scarlett Johansson

     and a fake drowning act to seduce him... 

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson


     They are now inside, and have access to dig up all the dirt to expose him as a horrific murderer... 


     But Sondra, of course, is being seduced as well. Now, she is having trouble focusing on the facts and is getting lost in love... 


     Was she given false information, or is she destined to become Peter's next victim...

"Scoop"- movie trailer




Scarlett Johansson, 2013. by Travis Simpkins

Woody Allen, 2012. By Travis Simpkins