BAD MOVIE MARATHON #2
…in which I examine if bad movies really deserve their woeful rotten tomatoes score
Scooby-Doo | 2002
Yup. You read that right, lol.
Zoinks! Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors, Scooby-Doo and his clever crime-solving cohorts Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Velma (Linda Cardellini) are individually summoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 30%
Review excerpt: The acting is stiff, the story lacks all trace of wit, the sets look like they were borrowed from Gilligan’s Island — and the CGI Scooby might well be the worst special-effects creation of the year.
I know that the second movie was supposed to R.I.P.D but I just didn’t get around to watching it. For whatever reason (
Freddie Prinze Jr.!!), I watched this instead.
I…kind of enjoyed it?
It actually wasn’t too bad. I was ready to snark my way through it, but it was reasonably entertaining (besides that giant Scrappy Doo robot thing which terrified me in a non-terrifying kind of way) and also Freddie Prinze Jr. is in it.
There’s also SYNCHRONISED DANCING!
The only major criticism I have is that the storyline was a little bit deep for a kids movie, lol. Basically these college kids go to this Spooky Island and their souls are stolen by Evil!Mr Bean and his ritual-loving crew. They all become these weird douchey dude-bros/gals and…perform synchronised dancing when needed to! Think Spring Brainwash as opposed to Spring Break. However, I guess this movie could count as foreshadowing of some sorts. ‘Cept in real life, these kids are being brainwashed by the Kardashians and other lovely celebrities via social media.
This movie was clearly a warning sign.
Apart from the part where Scooby Doo was lured to the island to be used as a demon sacrifice because his soul was ‘innocent’ but no, no, no WAIT!! It wasn’t Evil!Mr Bean at all because he was knocked out by Scrappy Doo and confined to a basement prison of some sort.
The gang plot a trap to defeat the demon cult, but it fails, and Mondavarious (Evil!Mr Bean) sucks out Scooby’s soul using the Daemon Ritus. Shaggy tackles Mondavarious, revealing he is a robot, piloted by Scooby’s estranged nephew Scrappy-Doo, abandoned by the gang years ago due to his egotism. Using the absorbed souls of the tourists, Scrappy transforms into a monster and tries to kill the gang.
The evil Scrappy Doo reveal was bad. In that sense I can understand the 30% because the viewer is left thinking, ‘so I sat through this shit and the reveal is that Scrappy Doo wanted revenge because they left him at the side of the road?‘
On the other hand, what does one really expect from a Scooby Doo movie? The show is hardly the epitome of well-balanced plot and characters, lol.
VERDICT: 7/10 – and I think it deserves a higher Rotten Tomatoes rating. I might even follow the Suicide Squad fans lead and appeal to get RT shut down over this travesty. Seriously. Also Matthew Lillard is adorable as Shaggy! And CGI Scooby was….weird at first but not too bad. I mean, he looked like a dog made out of unfashionable carpet with coffee stains on it but….it could have been worse.