I watched Woody Allen’s Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) with my wife and it was just as good as the previous times I have seen it. There are movies you call “good writing” because they hit a formula well. Those movies you wish you would have written yourself to collect the box office dough. I call these writers “masters of the obvious.” Then there are movies that are so articulate and so perfectly woven together that you prefer to just sit back and be entertained, knowing you could never produce such artistry. Woody Allen’s movies are usually like that for me. The first Allen movie that really caught my attention and made me say “wow” was this one.
It takes place in the 1940’s. A fairly simple plot is the canvas Allen uses for his unique, proven brand of romantic humor. Charlize Theron, Helen Hunt, and a few other bombshells make it a sexy romantic comedy that is quick on dialogue replete with the ingredient he is famous for: poking fun at himself. Helen Hunt has been hired to find better document management solutions for Allen’s department. He likes the old ways and therein lay the romantic tension. It’s a mystery, gumshoe detective tale with Woody Allen humor throughout. IMDB summarizes it as: “An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.”
I first saw this movie around 2002 when my parents had rented it and loaned to to me. Since then I must have rented it 3-4 times myself. My wife and I enjoyed watching it again. It was a grade A couch cuddling movie and I recommend it.
What’s your take on Woody Allen movies?