Scoob! (2020) movie review
Scoob! is an updated adaptation of the iconic Mystery Inc., a group of young crime-solvers and their dog Scooby-Doo. The film takes a look back at how the group first came to be, as well as an adventure they stumble across when Shaggy and Scooby run into the superhero Blue Falcon and his sidekick Dynomutt. Now they have to work together to stop a plot from the evil Dick Dastardly…
We put off Scoob! for a number of reasons, but primarily due to the concern I had that this film would be twenty-minutes of nostalgia followed quickly by an hour of irrelevant superhero nonsense that doesn’t belong in a Scooby-Doo movie. Yes Scooby-Doo does crossovers all the time, even with Batman at least twice now. Those are typically my least favorite additions to the Scooby-Doo movies since, fun or not, they just don’t feel like Scooby-Doo movies. Having finally watched it though, I can say- jenkies it’s exactly that minus the fun.
So the biggest thing I want to get out of the way is the story. Somewhere between the six writers for this film, the idea was tossed around that not only should this be a prequal-sequel to the original series, but that it should take the familiar setting and change it up for the superhero ascetic. Now I love Scooby-Doo, and the comradery between the gang is possibly one of the most enduring things about this franchise, even in the live actions films. Now I don’t know if this was supposed to act as a potential reboot or not, bringing the series to a new iteration for a younger generation who didn’t grow up with it, but if it does, maybe don’t split up the gang for the entire movie and tell a story that is this far from a Scooby-Doo-type story? I mean honestly, I feel like this is how the pitch went for this movie:
Writers: “And you see, the film will carry on like the first act, following the gang as they are learning to work together and solve a mystery bigger than any of the ones they had before. Along the way we will bring up some nostalgic locations, work in some drama, and of course make a couple jabs at the older series. I mean die-hard fans would get a kick out of a good Blue Falcon joke!
Producers: “I like this Blue Falcon thing. He’s a superhero right? Kids like superheroes! Why don’t we just make this Blue Falcon person a major character?”
Writers: “Uh, because-“
Producers: “And they can team up with him like The Avengers! People love that!”
Writers: “Yes but-“
Producers: “And we need a villain. Not some creep in a mask though, people don’t want to think in their movie. You know, I don’t want anything twisty in this, ya here me?”
Writers: “That is kinds the point.”
Producers: “Look if we confuse kids, they’ll complain to their parents, and they won’t bring them back to see it. Just tell them everything- strike that, just show them everything that is going to happen. With pictures and words and stuff. What do you call that?”
Producers: “That’s it! Do some of that! Lots of that! And we need a cute robot. People ate that Star Wars droid up! Oh, and Minions! That movie made a killing!”
Writers: “So you want cute minion robots in this Scooby-Doo movie?”
Producers: “Minion robots you say? Hmmm… I could get behind that. I was thinking of the big yellow guys, but you’re the writers!”
Producers: “One more thing!”
Writers: “Oh god.”
Producers: “New actors. Get famous people. Lots of famous people! Don’t break the bank now, but I want some names in this!”
Writers: “But we already have a solid voice cast that can-“
Producers: “Look if its one thing kids love, its seeing the name of their favorite actor on screen. Hey what about Mark Wahlberg? His movies make loads of money!”
Writers: “What about Frank Welker? He’s irreplaceable.”
Producers: “Wanna bet?”
Writers: “Fine, but people will notice.”
Producers: “Fine, I guess people loved it when they used Mufasa again. You can keep your dog.”
So as I mentioned, the setup does tease a really fun movie that we sadly didn’t and probably won’t get. I laughed, I was invested, aaaaand a superhero shows up to loud music, dabs, and ruins the movie. The world-ending threat wasn’t called for, the humor was hit or miss (hit in the beginning, missed almost every joke after that), and the drama was forced and, well, really silly. I would call the film predictable, but they literally tell you everything that is going to happen, so there’s literally no mystery. Right at the end they make you think there’s going to be an enjoyable twist, but it’s just- making fun of the series? I don’t know. The cast is also fine, but not enough to make the film any more enjoyable. Honestly I was just sorely disappointed with this effort to get a quick buck from parents with kids instead of trying to pay homage to such an iconic series. 4/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince