Day 188: Scoop

51M9FYSPMRLThe time around, Scoop – the 37th movie Woody Allen directed – is a comedy.

But with Scarlett Johansson again.

’nuff said, eh?

Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.

Only, I suppose I could add that Scoop, much like Anything Else, is another trifle, a relatively lightweight comedy about (according to its entry on IMDB):

An American journalism student in London [who] scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

A kind of Greek chorus of death appears a few minutes into the film, a ship sailing in the fog captained by Death himself, with the late journalist Joe Strombel (Ian McShane) on board, and trading anecdotes with a woman who tips him off to the scoop of his life – that socialite Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman) is the Tarot Card killer.

Enter journalist Sondra Pransky (Johansson) who, through slightly supernatural means (enter Woody Allen as Sid Waterman, a magician named the Great Splendini), gets wind of the scoop – and goes after Peter Lyman.

I wouldn’t say Scarlett Johansson would ever win any acting awards for this movie. Frankly, I don’t think she’s all that good playing a coed cub reporter. But she’s Scarlett Johansson. And that’s good enough for me.

Day 186: Melinda and Melinda

51KJBK5TF9LMelinda and Melinda opens with four people sitting in a restaurant talking about plays, and the essence of comedies and tragedies…and which one is better.

Then, the people tell a tale of the same incident, from different perspectives, to prove their point.

As with many of Woody’s movies from the 1990s through the mid 2000s, this one isn’t really firing on all cylinders. Its cast was not stellar. And the story was not crisply told.

This is the 35th movie Woody wrote and directed. It was released when he was 69.