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MOVIE REVIEW:Scooby Doo 4: Curse of the Lake Monster
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Since when did Scooby become about the gang dating each other? Ewww.
Half way through, my kids asked, if it's called Scooby Doo and the
Curse of the Lake Monster, how come there is hardly any Scooby in it?
Seriously, half the movie was about relationships, the mystery was
secondary. Not really a SPOILER, but don't read ahead if you don't want
to know useless absurd plot points: Fred secretly dating Daphne but
hanging out with other girls, Daphne trying to make him jealous with
boys, Shaggy secretly in love with Velma, Scooby jealous of the date
between Shaggy and Velma. It's just wrong. And musical numbers? They
were cute, but since when does Scooby Doo have musical numbers? On the
plus side, it had Marion Ross (I hope she was paid a bunch), a guy in a
rubber suit, and live action versions of classic gags, like running in
and out of doors in a long hallway. The actors playing Shaggy and Velma
were good, but please get a blond Fred (and not a dark haired guy in a
wig), it's just wrong.
I'm a fan of the original animated Scooby Doo TV series (1969-1970). It
was against these episodes I judged the theatrical releases Scooby-Doo
(2002) and Scooby Doo 2: Monster's Unleased (2004). When I saw Curse of
the Lake Monster was a feature length movie, without thinking about it
I had my expectations set for something comparable to the two theater
releases. Oops! Curse of the Lake Monster was a B-movie in many ways,
including overt over-the-top acting. I'm not a fan of B-movies and must
confess to having some trouble sitting through it all. I would say the
movie is a bit worse than Scooby Doo 2. The pace was good and the plot
moved along reasonably well. I had no problem at all with the special
effects–they were fine.
I consider the brown-haired Fred a production decision blunder. While
it stopped bothering me half way through the movie, I never started
thinking of Fred as Fred. He was more like a new character to me.
Shaggy is very difficult to translate from animation to live action,
and I think greater energy put into the character would have been an
improvement. The girls will be played better as the actresses gain in
confidence and experience.
If you liked Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleased, then Curse of the Lake
Monster is probably worth watching.
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