July 27, 2014
Movie Night: Scooby-Doo.
Review #621: Scooby-Doo.
Freddie Prinze Jr (Fred Jones), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne Blake), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy Rogers), Linda Cardellini (Velma Dinkley), Rowan Atkinson (Emile Mondavarious), Neil Fanning (Scooby-Doo), Isla Fisher (Mary Jane), and Scott Innes (Scrappy-Doo) Directed by Raja Gosnell (#495 - Home Alone 3)
Scooby-Doo was at always at least somewhat enjoyable, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was fine for all its flaws (the laugh track, the questionable animation), and it is probably the show most remember of the 11 shows that have been broadcast in nearly 45 years, and so they made a movie. Let me clarify that, they've made a few direct to video films (22) and telefilms, but then there's the two theatrical films, but we're only covering the first film tonight. So...yeah, what about this film? It's like the movie can't decide on what it wants to be, does it want to make fun of the show or does it want to just embrace the show and its quirks? Part of the problem is that the movie is unbalanced, it just doesn't have a proper focus, though I guess it is sometimes fun, it has it moments, the climax is actually decent, even if Scrappy-Doo is in it. The CGI is weird, maybe it's the fact that the demons look like weird stick figures, and their weakness to the sun doesn't help much. This is a movie where you really can't care if it stinks because it's not like you were expecting anything special from a movie with a competition of burping and farting between Scooby and Shaggy. The acting is fine, but the movie neither benefits nor suffers from the actors, it's just an average movie that while sometimes fun, isn't anything special. Watch at your own risk.
Overall, I give it 5 out of 10 stars.