Movie Review: Scoob! (2020)

Synopsis: With hundreds of cases solved, Mystery, Inc thinks it's time to solve mysteries professionally. However, the only way they can get financial backing is if the "weakest links," Shaggy and Scooby, are no longer part of the team. Disappointed, the two friends go bowling and, when they are attacked by an army of robots, end up helping the Blue Falcon stop villain Dick Dastardly.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Will Forte, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron and Jason Isaacs.

Review: I must confess, I had a lot of doubts about another Scooby Doo reboot. But, since I thought it would be something my kids would enjoy, I wound up adding it to my Netflix DVD queue. We watched it for our family movie night last night, and the film greatly exceeded my expectations.

There were a couple things, in particular, I found I liked about this movie. One of the main ones was the fairly decent origin story it offered both for Shaggy (Forte) and Scooby's (Frank Welker) friendship and the somewhat accidental formation of Mystery Incorporated. Both were somewhat unique and just seemed to work without being forced, though I did question why nobody seemed to be surprised by a talking dog (is that a normal think in this universe?).

The other thing I enjoyed about this movie was the nostalgic throwback it offered for us older viewers. This included having Wacky Races alumnus Dick Dasterdly (Isaacs) as the main antagonist and an entertaining cameo by one of my all-time favorites, Captain Caveman (Tracy Morgan), who I feel deserves his own feature-length movie.

The mystery itself was also entertaining, starting with why Dasterdly was interesting in Scooby Doo and, ultimately, how to stop the world-ending horror he winds up unleashing toward the end. If nothing else, it wasn't anywhere near as predictable as a movie like this normally would be, and that added to the overall entertainment value.

Final Opinion: This was a fun family film all of us wound up enjoying and I can honestly say it is one of the best Scooby Doo films that I've seen. I'd recommend taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: A 


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