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Scoop

This film is sort of a weird hybrid between a murder mystery and some kind of sinister romantic-comedy, with Woody Allen thrown into the middle. A journalism student eager for a good story gets visited by the ghost of a famous newspaper reporter and is told that a highly respected and rich business man is the famous Tarot Card serial killer. She and an eccentric, aging magician go on a mission to expose him and get the scoop on the biggest story of the decade, only to encounter trouble when she falls in love with the man she is supposed to be investigating. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to see it but we ended up laughing all the way through.

I’ve never really seen a Woody Allen movie before but by the reaction of the audience in attendance (forgetting about the one lady who fell asleep) it seems he hasn’t lost his touch. The dialogue is witty and the story is fast paced, which stops you getting bored and helps to cover up several questionable plot points. Scarlett Johansson gives a performance different from her usual, less quirky roles.

Hugh Jackman is also not bad but is far too charming to be playing a serial killer. However, Allen is the true star of the film, writing a role perfect for him into his own script. It’s great to be able to see a film that’s not trying to be too artsy or emotional but just lets you sit back and watch. If you’re looking for some light-hearted fun and a warm, comfy place to get out of the wind this week then this movie is for you.

WOODY ALLEN

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