The generation of millennials grew up watching the adventures of Shaggy and his gang. I was excited to the core when I heard that Warner Bros is releasing a Scooby-Doo movie, Scoob, in 2020. Did it meet the excitement, or did it fail? Find the answers in this review.
Scoob begins in Venice with a police officer running after a little puppy Scooby. Shaggy finds this hiding puppy and, both of them become best friends. They later meet the rest of the gang ( Velma, Fed, and Daphne) and defeat ghosts with them, as Mystery Incorporated. When Scooby and Shaggy think they are enough for each other on being thrown out of the Mystery Incorporate, Scooby finds out about his past, and the friendship of Scooby and Shaggy gets affected. However, only two faithful friends can save the world from the apocalypse of dogs from another dimension of the universe.
We all had high hopes with the latest movie Scoob, though, you might even catch yourself saying thank-god they did not change the theme song and the primary characters. While a few things may hit the sentimental side in us, we ask “why” for the rest of it.
Too Many Things
If someone starts narrating to you the summary of the movie, you will realize that it has way too many things. The film begins from the day when Scooby-Doo & Shaggy met for the first time. It goes on to show how they meet Fed, Velma, and Daphne, the formation of Mystery Incorporated, a little about all of them growing, Blue Falcon’s life, Scoob’s past, fight with the caveman, story of Cerberus (dog), and so on. Altogether, these make the storyline weak, and the attention of the viewer wanders frequently.
Vain Comic Attempts
So vain that you will not know if they were comic attempts at all! At the very beginning of the movie with the policeman murmuring to himself about a dog having a middle name, we realize that maybe we should not look forward to having a hearty laugh. There are a few scenes where you may smile, but it ends there. There is hardly any scene in Scoob that will make you laugh.
The movie becomes all about running and chasing from the moment Blue Falcon’s aircraft picks up Scooby-Doo & Shaggy with no significant developments for a long time. Most of the scenes that go on about Blue Falcon’s aircraft seem redundant and boring except for a few plot developments.
Trying Too Hard
Scoob tries so hard to connect with the young generation that the attempts become repetitive and irritating. There are constant references to social media with Blue Falcon capturing his every moment and using mobile. Although we do not come across Shaggy of Scooby doing the same, the movie starts with Shaggy listening to a podcast. The current generation sure does not take their heads out of their phones, but seeing classic characters like this does not go well.
The movie tries hard to connect Scooby having a legacy with logic. It takes away the fun and goofy Scooby, which is less appealing.
Emotional Scenes Hit Right
The comedy timing of this comic movie is not apt, but the emotional scenes hit right. For example, Scooby telling Shaggy that he had had nothing before he met Shaggy, Fed, Daphne, and Velma realizing that they did not eat anything because Scooby and Shaggy are not with them, the little artificial intelligent creature saving Daphne and the rest, and the climax where Scooby cries for Shaggy.
Friendship Saves Everyone
As friendship saves Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the gang, we realize that the only reason we did not stop watching the movie in the middle is because of our childhood friendship with Scooby-Dooby-Doo. Thus like the movie, friendship saves the day for us as well.
So should you watch the movie or not?
This movie is nothing better than a time pass. So, yes, if you do not have anything better to watch and if you love Scooby.
In case you decide to skip watching Scoob, or you have watched it, here is what you can do:
- Read Scooby Apocalypse – It is a comic book series of Scooby-Doo that will connect you to the Scooby you grew up watching.
- Watch Demon Slayer – It is nice to get a little change. Demon Slayer is an anime of which the critics are speaking highly, and you will enjoy for a change.
If not for Scoob, the younger generation would not even know about the goofy dog Scooby whom we adore. Ah, but we did not want the younger generation to meet the descendent of Alexander Scooby, did we? Do tell me about your thoughts on this by commenting below.