I have never been to into scary movies, so for Halloween this year I decided to look at the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo. This film stars the Scooby Gang in their first live action feature film and stars Freddie Prinze Jr as Fred Jones, Sarah Michelle Geller as Daphne Blake, Linda Cardellini as Velma Dinkley, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby-Doo.
Now it would be easy for me to say what is wrong with this movie after watching it as an adult, but that wouldn’t be fair because this movie is obviously geared towards a younger audience. One thing that I have noticed is that as I have revisited this film again and again over the years more subtle jokes or messages geared towards an older audience. This makes Scooby-Doo a great family movie because it is tailored towards kids, but it is still fun for adults. It also helps that Scooby-Doo has such a long history so adults who watch this with their kids most likely have their own childhood memories of Scooby-Doo.
I appreciate how this movie did not try to start Scooby-Doo as something new but instead opened the film with the Scooby Gang at the height of their popularity. But in this popularity it appears that tensions have grown high between the other gang members and despite Shaggy and Scooby’s best efforts the gang breaks up. The movie then picks up two years later, but the thing that I liked about this opening is that it almost acknowledges all of the past Scooby-Doo adventures (minus every ones ages) well opening the doors for a new generation to enjoy these stories.
I remember watching this movie plenty of times as a child, but even watching it this time I still found it enjoyable. Although there were many points that you could tell were tailored towards children all and all I still enjoy this movie and all of the nostalgia that came with it.