Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the Second Best Kids Movie of March 2004
First of all did anyone know that Scooby’s real name was Scoobert? Ok now that we got that out of the way Scooby-Doo 2 is a movie that actually came out… and I saw it Feb. 5 2016. I am super proud of that. This movie was released the same month as Frankie Muniz spat out his long awaited sequel to Agent Cody Banks. And I only say that this is a close second to the xi sequel because that movie has Anthony Anderson (Dre From Black-ish) in it and he is actually a funny person when you get down to bare bones. While watching the movie I realize there is no one in the entire cast with a redeeming quality whatsoever, but I guess that’s the problem. The movie’s most famous actor happens to be…Seth Green.
The movie is riddled with poor CGI. I mean the monsters in this movie are just awful, with uncanny valley feelings
The movie also contains attempts at scaring you with small ineffective jump scares. When this movie tries to go out of its genre, into anything but what it is it becomes one of the worst movies of all time. When it tries action… It fails. When it tries romance… It fails. When it tries “horror”… it fails. Needless to say the movie fails at almost everything it tries to do.
The movie is only funny when it is not explicitly trying to be funny. Dialogue seems to be written by a seven year old that was shut in a room watching pop culture references, who then grew up to be a mediocre writer with no conventions of actual personalities or conversations just odd tropes that he can have his characters follow to death. We get it, Velma is a nerd who shies away from conflict and potential love interests (Seth Green for some reason). We get it, Fred’s a giant tool (they call him a leader but we all know he’s just a tool). Daphne is a girly girl who follows every stereotype (The movie makes a huge self-aware joke about this one, basically calling her a useless stereotype, unapologetically). Shaggy is a stoner. Scoobert is a dog a silly, silly dog.
Yet the movie seems to be self-aware about its humor, this movie knows exactly what it’s doing, and it does it well. The background gags, though heavy handed, are actually pretty funny. The movie plays like an odd slapstick humor with the awful CGI playing a big part within. This movie is over the top, but in a way that it’s so bad that it’s good. When you think they’re going to make an awful joke they make the awful joke. THERE IS ACTUALLY A POINT WHERE A GHOST KNIGHT GETS KICKED IN THE BALLS AND SAYS “OOOOO RIGHT IN THE ROUND TABLES” I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP!!! When you think Scooby is going to say something stupid, you become 100% correct. But that’s what makes this movie great its predictability leaves no surprises. Your enjoyment of this movie only comes with your attitude and your willingness to enjoy this movie. That being said, I enjoyed this movie immensely… more than I thought was possible.
The ending is farfetched… but what’s new. Just prepare for some masks to be torn off and someone saying “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids and that damn dog!”.
Okay… What did I expect? I just saw a kids movie from 2004 and I’m 18 years old the movie came out when I was six years old. Do I regret my decision? Absolutely not! By the way, I forgot to mention that the plot of this movie is very cliché (a group of heroes become shunned for some reason until an evil comes back and they have to save the city). Despite all of the bad, the redeeming factors show a faint light. I would recommend it, prepare to laugh, but not for all of the right reasons.
One day after writing this I decided to watch the first Scooby-Doo movie. The movie is very similar except for the plot is that everyone in the gang quits because of how much of a tool Fred is. Then the gang gets back together after Mr. Bean invites each member to a place called Spooky Island to solve a mystery. The thing about the first movie compared to the second is that the characters are more like their tropes than ever. The movie actually is more obvious than the second one… and I didn’t know that was even possible. There are less famous people because Seth Green is not there, but he was replaced by Mr. Bean. Just rinse and repeat when it comes to Scooby-Doo movies I guess.
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