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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Scooby Doo 2 leaves much to be desired

Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
Directed by: Raja Gosnell

By Anna Coutts
Gazette Staff

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LET US OUT OF HERE!! Scooby and Shaggy suffer from a common syndrome: being trapped in a bad movie.

Before you see Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, ask yourself the following questions: Do I have children? Am I taking an entire day camp on a field trip to the movies? Do I have an inner child in desperate need of nurturing?

If you answer “no” to the above questions, this film is not for you. While some humour is obviously for adults, the constant slapstick and silly scenarios are simply not entertaining to someone over the age of six.

Sticking with the same plot format as the first, Scooby Doo 2 has nothing new to offer. In this sequel, the members of Mystery Inc. find themselves entangled in a web of mystery after a set of costumes belonging to the gang’s past foes disappear.

Shaggy (Lillard) and Scooby set off on their own investigation in an attempt to prove they can be great detectives. Daphne (Gellar) and Fred (Prinze Jr.) deal with the media difficulties caused by a vicious reporter (Alicia Silverstone) and Velma (Cardellini) finds herself struggling with the unfamiliar concept of dating.

These added subplots result in the destruction of the Scooby Doo name. Corny moments of reminiscing, epiphanies and pointless dance sequences are about as much fun as having someone gouge your eyes out. These little extras are thrown in so sporadically and unnecessarily that the viewer may wonder if a script was even written for this film.

Not every scene is horrible. Some of the jokes are funny — even if they are stupid — and the slapstick comedy will leave the kids in the audience killing themselves with laughter. Some of the cheesy lines may crack a few smiles, but they are not enough to save this movie.

As for acting, Lillard does a fantastic job. Anyone who has seen the cartoon will be impressed by his portrayal of Shaggy. He manages to duplicate the exact voice, movements and facial expressions of the cartoon character, as well as constantly interact with a dog that isn’t really there.

From Scooby to monsters to haunted houses, most of the film is computer animated. Creating a fully animated film would have been worthwhile, since it’s not worth the extra money to include actors in Scooby Doo.

But unless you’re five years old or in the company of five-year-olds, this film really isn’t worth your time.

 

 

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