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In Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the teenage detectives of Mystery Inc., Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Velma (Linda Cardellini) & Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), must fight their former antagonist that are brought back to life by a new nemesis, the Evil Masked Figure. At the grand opening of the Coolsville Museum, the Evil Masked Figure releases the recreated Pterodactyl Ghost (flying reptile). The gang tries to capture the reptile, but it flies out the window with the Evil Masked Figure in tow, because Shaggy and Scooby forget to tie the rope. The gang embarks on an investigation of how this reptile came to life. Shaggy and Scooby go on their own to prove that they are real detectives and not mess-ups. The gang discovers that the Evil Masked Figure has built a machine that was used to regenerate the reptile, and he is about to bring back other monsters such as the Black Knight, Captain Cutler's Ghost, and the 10,000 Volt Ghost. The Evil Masked Figure wants to destroy the reputations of the detectives at Mystery Inc. and take over Coolsville. This movie was much better than the first. Kids love this type of movie and parents will enjoy it. (Warner Brothers Pictures, Run Time 1:33, Rated PG) (6/10)
But that does'nt mean that it is good. Porting Scooby from 2D to 3D itself was a pretty dumb idea and no body really expects it to work. And it does'nt work. You should probably ignore Scooby for this entire movie as it is bad CGI and the 3D avatar far froms shows as convincing. However, there are some decent performances by the guy who plays Shaggy very impressively and some others. By far the most impressive thing about this movie are the monsters which have been very very very well done and are sheer fun to experience. Don't go expecting any great story or anything great and just go see it for mindless fun. There's nothing wrong with mindless fun is there?
I'm convinced that some of the most imaginative scriptwriting is in the
most unlikely places: kids movies, porn, what have you. And I found
some of that in the first Scooby movie.
Here's the deal. The cartoon had the same plot for a gazillion years: kids investigate ghost and find it is a human in disguise, sort of a kiddie Baskerville. Now along came the movie and instead of humans in ghost costumes, we had ghosts in humans. And the story rolled with it: all sorts of gags based on different notions of self-reference. It was perfectly right for the project, which after all puts humans in cartoon figures and with the dog, a cartoon figure among humans.
I liked it. It played with the nature of film. Velma's hair was cast as dark red, so both the girls were redheads. This was a cinematic decision. No fools in charge that time.
Now this. The story this time could have been taken to the next level. It certainly seems to have been conceived that way from the basic idea: you start with a collection of costumes from all the old cartoons. These are the costumes that humans wore, pretending to be ghosts. Now you have real ghosts wear those costumes. Has promise.
Also take our Velma out of her costume. (Since the first Scooby, we've seen Cardinelli in "Brokeback Mountain." In that, she played the 21 year old daughter to a fifty-something Ledger, though she is quite a but older. It reminds us that 30 year olds are playing these teenagers.) Anyway, take Velma out of her dorky costume (but keeping the fake teeth) and into something sexy. Part of the joke about costumes. And there's some minor play with Shag and the Dog transforming too. All this indicates that it got started as intelligently as before, but in development someone must have wanted it to be more like the cartoons. This means you're mostly just looking scared and running away in comic fashion.
Velma's hair is black. That should have been the giveaway. Where is Rodriguez when we need him? This is a waste. But I'm going to keep coming back. Maybe next time someone will want it "like the first one," which after all did double the business.
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
As a Scooby fan I may be a bit biased but how anybody can deny that
this is just great entertainment is beyond my understanding. It ain't
high are but it's loads of fun, and there are plenty of in-jokes for
the wiser viewers. The movie is fairly mindless, otherwise it would
lose its kid audience. but that doesn't mean there's no good humor or
plot to it.
Granted, the plot is dumb (the gang go up against all the monsters from the first season of the TV show, only this time they're real). The manic set-pieces just bombard us, one after the other. Once again, there's not a moment of boredom, but there are enough quieter scenes with the Mystery Inc. gang. The main stars are, as usual, Shaggy and Scooby. Matthew Lillard is dead-on as Shaggy, so much so that he actually replaced Casey Kasem as his animated voice.
One moment that requires major suspension of disbelief is not any scene featuring sludge monsters or a cotton candy ghosts but a scene in which Velma utters 'I'm not hot'.
NOT HOT!!!???? WHAT??? She's a total babe, more so than Daphne. Every frame of her is a work of art as far as I am concerned.
The CGI effects this time round are thankfully superior to the trashy effects of the first film. It's a much better movie all round and will not fail to amuse anyone of any age.
...and keep this franchise going if you must, Warner Bros., but save it for
Rating: ** (out of *****)
Let's all rejoin Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang as they try and solve yet another mystery, but with REAL monsters! On second thoughts - let's not.
There is life left in the film world for Scooby-Doo. Honestly, I'm not joking. I acknowledge that the sequel isn't actually that good (I avoided the first one on critical advice) but it would be churlish for me to say it is unbearable. In fact, it's actually watchable to an extent. It's great to look at, and I'll admit to getting a reasonable number of laughs from it.
But I still can't recommend the film. It's too childish, doesn't know whether to take itself seriously or not, and above all, is just far too disjointed. Someone should've told the director that the way to approach a film like this is to play it for laughs the whole way through, and have a story that will, in some way, reach out to adults. This is more playground fare than family entertainment. And, on top of all that, it has the wooden Freddie Prinze Jr. as the lead, although thankfully not much is expected of him, or anyone in the cast. Still, blink and you'll miss a wasted Tim Blake Nelson. (You won't miss the latest American Idol, though...)
This is one for the cartoon's audience, children or anyone who's really, really bored and just needs a bit of a laugh. I'm sure it'll really amuse the kids both at home and in the cinema (believe me, nothing will be lost to DVD), although I can't see many of the general public wanting to watch the whole thing again.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Just like the first live action film this is cheesy, and only good for the familiar faces, well, that's it, still director Raja Gosnell (Home Alone 3, Big Momma's House). Basically Scooby-Doo (Neil Fanning) and best friend Shaggy (Scream's Matthew Lillard) are seen as the screw ups of the gang, and for once they want to be the ones that solve the mystery, so behind the others' backs, they are attempting to solve the mystery of the film. The rest meanwhile, Fred Jones (I Know What You Did Last Summer's Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne Blake (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Velma Dinkley (Linda Cardellini) are doing their own searching and so forth. The mystery by the way is that something or someone is bringing to life the costumes of old villains they faced, including recognisable ones like the Black Knight, the Zombie and Captain Redbeard, and this green gas thing or whatever is making them into real monsters. Also starring Seth Green as Patrick, Peter Boyle as Old Man Wickles (in the cartoons, he is the guy that was the Black Knight), Tim Blake Nelson as Jonathan Jacobo and Alicia Silverstone as Heather Jasper-How. Thankfully Scrappy doesn't appear ruining everything, and this may be the tiniest, TINIEST bit better than the first film, but if you have sense, like the first, don't bother with it unless you like Scooby-Doo, in which case, just the once is plenty. It won the Razzie for Worst Remake or Sequel. Scooby-Doo was number 8 on The 100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows, and he was number 49 on The 100 Greatest Cartoons. Adequate!
Someone has been using Randamonium to create real life monster versions
of Mystery Incorporated's notorious foes. Blaming themselves for a
series of screw-ups by Mystery Inc., Shaggy and Scooby attempt to prove
their worth by trying to solve this case on their own.
The gang are back for more spooky fun and, although this one isn't quite up to the standard of the first movie (which I thoroughly enjoyed), it still packs enough action and laughs to ensure a good time. The story is perhaps a tad hard to follow at times (for small kids), but the plethora of great creatures and continuous supply of (admittedly unsophisticated) laughs mean that the film is still enjoyable fluff for the whole family.
Reprising their roles from the first film, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini look like they are having a blast. Gellar looks great and gets to perform more of her Buffy-style high kicking moves; Cardellini gets to act sexy, as she attempts to romance nerdy museum curator Patrick; and Lillard is, once again, brilliant as Shaggy. Scooby hasn't improved any in the CGI department, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the film.
If you enjoyed Mystery Inc.'s first live-action cinematic foray, then the chances are that you'll like this one too.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
OK, the characters look and sound a decent amount like their cartoon
Since when did the Scooby Gang have a title (Mystery Inc.) and a hometown (Coolsville)?. I've watched Scooby cartoons a long time and never heard either of these mentioned ever.
Most believable is Shaggy, played very well by Matthew Lillard.
And I never knew he had any other name other than Shaggy.
Oh, and "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot was never released on 78.
I don't care what anyone says, Velma DOES LOOK HOT in her red PVC catsuit.
A few good silly connections like when Sarah Michelle Geller was Buffy The Vampire Slayer her cronies were called The Scooby Gang. And Seth Green was also in Buffy as a werewolf.
The film has a bit of a weak ending and the baddie is slightly obvious.
Remember the good old days when Fred wasn't an idiot, Daphne wasn't
self-conscious, and Scooby always seemed to save the day? It finally
happened in a live action Scooby Doo.
I didn't like the first "Live" Scooby Doo movie, the characters seemed, well, out of character, the plot was all out of whack, though the ending did improve a bit on the story, and the cut scenes on the DVD helped a little.
In Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed we have a lot of the elements that made Scooby Doo so memorable. There were music scenes, masked villains, an actual mystery, secret passages, a spooky mansion, humor and some of the lore of the multiple Scooby Doo series.
The CGI was better, and the character of Scooby seemed "more realistic" when compared to the rest of the cast. Matthew Lilliard and Linda Cardellini were still the best cast as Shaggy and Velma, however Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar greatly improved upon their original performance as Fred and Daphne.
Overall, I quite enjoyed Scooby Doo 2, and if you enjoyed the original Scooby Doo cartoons, but felt cheated by the original Scooby Doo live movie, I highly recommend this one.
"Scooby-Doo," the canine detective who was the creation of William
Hanna and Joseph Barbera during the 1970s, was and still is a childhood
favorite; unfortunately for us, the audiences of 2005, this isn't the
same with the movies. So far, the 2002 live-action adaptation and its
sequel "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (2004), both directed by Raja
Gosnell, have been pretty mediocre.
But one thing has remained consistent: they retain the camp humor and self-referential attitude of the original cartoons from the '70s. How's that for animation loyalty? While remaining more praised for its camp much rather than any industriousness, the films, like the cartoons themselves, are still watchable - somewhat.
Doo himself looks just how he did in the cartoon, and has the junk-food and Scooby Snack appetite down pat. This time the gang - Fred (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Velma (Linda Cardelleni), and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) - are back in form again, somewhat. In this sequel, they are investigating strange things going on at a newly opened museum. With the aid of a geek (Seth Green) and a reporter (Alicia Silverstone), they go about solving another ghostly mystery.
Acting and good script writing were never admirable qualities of the original "Scooby-Doo" cartoons and here it's no different. It's painfully mediocre and the jokes are so-so. But Lillard, as the ambiguously stoner Shaggy, seems perfectly cast, as well as Cardellini as Velma.
Bottom line, watch only if you are a die-hard for this sort of stuff.
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