Review by: Lucy Hayes | Rating:
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes with optional commentary;
Three featurettes: 'Triple Threat', 'Dancing Dog' and 'True Ghoul
Hollywood Story'; The Monsters Unleashed Challenge Game (menu
based); Music video: Simple Plan. Music video: Big Brovas; Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer.
YOIKS!! Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc gang return, kitsch-style,
to brighten up the big screen in the new action packed sequel
by Raja Gosnell!
Shaggy, faithful pal Scooby, Velma, Fred and Daphne emerge from
a limo to a crowd of awestruck clone fans as they star at Coolsville's
new museum exhibition opening, which features costumes and statues
of monsters they've conquered.
A wag of Scooby's tail later and a sqwaking teradactil crashes
through a window, sabotaging the exhibition and the gang's being
idols for the night, as they are thrust into the throes of solving
the identity of an evil masked villain vowing to take over Coolsville
and mock Monsters Inc.
The famous five embark on solving the mystery of the spontaneous
appearances of the scary monsters they've seen before, such as
the Black Knight and Captain Cutler, the mysterious fluorescent
green liquid traces, and the new evil masked villain.
Cunning reporter, Heather, played by Alicia Silverstone, makes
life hard for the gang, as she uses her journalistic editing skills
to twist all of what they say and make Coolsville hate them, a
classic being when Fred appears on TV saying "Coolsville
Matthew Lillard is hilarious as Shaggy and seems to really enjoy
himself on screen, with his many creative facial expressions,
mannerisms and high pitched voice.
There are lots of funny moments for kids and adults alike, mainly
from the Shaggy and Scooby duo - Scooby in an afro and both in
superfly 70's outfits getting down on the dance floor to Big Brovaz,
Shaggy's fart destroying a ghost, and when drinking potions together,
becoming a woman and "schwazzerneggarfied."
This sequel is more heartfelt than the original, offering a moral,
and delving more into the characters as they question themselves
and their roles in the gang.
This applies to brainy Velma, especially, as she doubts herself
when she spies an intellectual love interest, in the form of Seth
Green, as Patrick Wisely, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy co-star,
and Austin Power's son.
Gellar is perfect as Daphne, in lilac, and demonstrates some
impressive advanced Buffy-style kicks as she battles with the
Black Knight Ghost.
Freddie Prinze Jr, as Fred, wonders if he's a failure and Shaggy
and Scooby wonder if they can really be "wereoes"
The sequel features some impressive visual effects, from the
opening sweeping up and down skyscraper shots around the city,
like in Spider-Man, to
the rollercoaster toboggan-style descent of Shaggy and Scooby
down a hill.
There is even a Ghostbusters feel to some scenes, as a slimy
tar monster is zapped in the city.
All in all: Scooby doooooooby doo go see it with some Scooby