Review: Scooby-Doo

by Jake Sproul

Rating: (out of )

Nothing has really been expected of Scooby-Doo. We all knew it wouldn’t be an Oscar contender. But we did expect it to provide us with some comic relief and allow us to turn off our brains and just smile for 90 minutes. On the plus side, this is what Scooby-Doo has attempted. On the down side, it only accomplishes this goal with limited success.

The plot of Scooby-Doo is easy enough for kids to follow. However, if you choose to analyze the plot further (like I do), you will discover a plot that closely resembles the texture of Swiss cheese...holey.

Kudos go to Art Direction team of Scooby-Doo. Everything has bright bold colors, that makes the film feel like, fittingly, a Saturday morning cartoon.

The acting of Scooby-Doo is hit and miss. Matthew Lillard plays Shaggy down to a T. It is the roll he was born to play (no offense, Matt). The ladies play their respective roles just fine. Leave it to Freddie Prinze Jr. to take on such an easy role as Freddy Jones and ruin it. Will someone please get this kid some acting lessons?!?

I just cannot recommend Scooby-Doo. Even though there are a few chuckles to be had, in the end, they just do not add up to enough. I can say that the film is very similar to the cartoon (which I always enjoyed), but honestly, was the cartoon really ever quality?

© 2002 Jake Sproul

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