I have been excited at some of the early release to streaming films during the COVID pandemic. After the initial wave of films released (like Birds of Prey or Bloodshot which you could rent or purchase) or Trolls World Tour (rental only), a lot of other soon-to-be-released films seemed to push back all of their release plans (we'll never get to see New Mutants) I stopped paying attention...that was until Wednesday, when a new advertisement for SCOOB! popped up at the top of our FireTv home screen.
Upon seeing it on our screen, my 4 year old screamed at the top of his lungs "IT'S SCOOOOOOOOOOOB" so we did what all good parents would do in this situation...We took each opportunity to hold it over his head if he was about to misbehave, and he calmed down...and we just finished watching it and here's what I thought."
Scoob! (Warner Animation)
You see how the team is formed, how they get to meet some of their idols in the Blue Falcon and Dino Dog. Finally, you get to see their adventure of chasing a robot-wielding Dick Dastardly who is attempting to open the doors to the underworld to release Cerebus (the 3-headed dog).
Is this the worst movie in the world? No? Is it good? That depends on what kind of lens you look at it through.
1. The billed list of voice talent on this movie is absolutely nuts! You have the "my boobs tell me its raining" girl from Mean Girls, the gal from Jane the Virgin, the kid who sang Get Your Head In The Game in High School Musical, Marky Mark (but no funky bunch), the last man on earth, Dr. Ken etc. The list is long and impressive.
2. Does it bring back the nostalgia of Scooby Doo in my childhood, which I can share with my kids? I think it delivers in terms of the trueness to the origin of the characters, over-the-top absurdity with what they are dealing with, and a heartfelt story, unmasking of criminals who aren't who they really are and more. It hits on all of those bases, and my 4 year old sat still for most of it.
3. The story is a little clunky and jumpy from time to time (which may be why the Critics hated it on Rotten Tomatoes and why Fans scored it way higher). But it is your classic bonkers supernatural caper which we love from the classic days.
4. As a parent of 3 kids under 5 it was a breath of fresh air, it was a good reward, and I felt like it was worth paying $25 instead of the $19 for renting it. Literally at the end of it, my son screamed "THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!" I think people who reviewed and disliked it thought it was a silly, unnecessary reboot...and they're not wrong. But if you have a nostalgia tearing at you, and you have small kids you want to reward with something new (instead of watching the same thing over and over) it's worth the pick-up!
Am I going to watch this movie over and over on my own choice? No, probably not...but if I can see how enthralled and satisfied my children are each time they request to watch it, then it's 100% worth it!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...