Scooby Doo (2002)

logoDirector: Raja Gosnell

Writer: James Gunn (Screenplay) Craig Titley, James Gunn (Story) William Hanna, Joseph Barbera (Characters)

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson, Isla Fisher


Plot: After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Memories


Story: Scooby Doo starts by showing the Mystery Inc. solving a case in the only way we are used too. After capturing the bad guy we see how the group is at breaking point before they go their separate ways. Two years pass and the group all get invited to Mondavarious (Atkinson) Spooky Island to solve a mystery. While Shaggy (Lillard) tries to play peace maker between the group the tension is still there. Fred (Prinze), Daphne (Gellar) and Velma (Cardellini) all try to prove they have what it takes to solve the mystery on their own, but it soon becomes apparent they need to put aside their differences to solve the most difficult mystery of their

Scooby Doo was always going to be difficult to adapt into a live action film, we are all used to seeing a short 20 minute or so show with a person in a mask. Extending this for the amount of time it has mixed with the real monsters works, it also uses the idea to create the characters more showing how after the length of time together the friendship is getting stretch. This is all good because it shows the human side of the solving mysteries. Where the film gets its negative points is in the idea of who the villain really is, but as it is such a disliked character people will be glad that thy will not have to see that character in later sequels. Its keeps most of the fun elements the cartoon created, but is always going to be difficult for everyone to like. (6/10)


Actor Review


Freddie Prinze Jr: Fred the leader of the group who is more interested in himself than the team, he must learn that he needs the rest of the group and that the world doesn’t revolve around him. Freddie does a good job a Fred pulling of the self-cantered character well. (7/10)


Sarah Michelle Gellar: Daphne starting out as the damsel in distress but after the two years apart she has learnt to handle herself and has learnt that it is her time to solve the mystery. Sarah makes for a good Daphne as we are used to her looking like a damsel but turning into kick ass girl. (7/10)


Matthew Lillard: Shaggy the loveable misfit of the group who wants to keep them together at all costs, he never wants to turn his back on his friends but always finds himself in the getting caught up in the middle of a mystery. Matthew pulls of Shaggy perfectly, making him feel like the real version we always wanted to see. (9/10)


Linda Cardellini: Velma the brains of the act who wants to get the recognition for the work she does for the team. Linda does a good job because Velma was always going to be the hardest character to portray. (8/10)


Character Review: Scooby Doo – We all love the Scooby Doo and the creation might look a little bit iffy but character was all fun throughout. (8/10)


Support Cast: Scooby Doo has an interesting selection of supporting characters where we see a group have romantic interests and a full range of potential suspects.


Director Review: Raja Gosnell – Raja does a good job to create a fun family film from a much loved television show. (7/10)


Adventure: Scooby Doo has a solid sense of adventure used throughout. (7/10)

Comedy: Scooby Doo uses the same level of comedy that we would like in the show but some is targeted too young and fart jokes are just lazy. (5/10)

Mystery: Scooby Doo creates a good mystery for the group to solve. (7/10)

Settings: Scooby Doo uses the typical location for a Scooby Doo where it can look innocent but turns into a mystery. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Scooby Doo has some poor effects used for the monster and Scooby Doo creation. (4/10)

Suggestion: Scooby Doo is one to be watch by fans and would be enjoyed by a family selection. (Family Time)


Best Part of Scooby Doo: The recreation of how the characters are seen.

Worst Part of Scooby Doo: The terrible and unfunny burping and farting contest between Shaggy and Scooby.

Favourite Quote: Shaggy ‘Friends don’t quit’


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel and a prequel.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $275 Million

Budget: $84 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: Be Afraid. Be Kind of Afraid


Overall: Enjoyable but Not Great

Rating 65

Top 5 Favourite Actors

Today we are going to look at our top 5 favourite actors; this will be between me, Simon, Lewis and Emma


5. Rowan Atkinson


4. David Jason


3. Denzel Washington


2. Tom Hanks


1. Jim Carreyjim

lewis5. Edward Norton

nortonHis very appearance on film propelled him into the spotlight as an accused, stuttering altar boy with a multiple personality disorder.  Following such a gripping performance was his character Derek Vinyard, a reformed white-power skinhead attempting to rectify his misdeeds and influence on younger brother (perhaps Edward Furlong’s last good film).  Since then he has featured in a range of unforgettable roles, including the unnamed protagonist of Fight Club, sentenced Monty in 25th hour, a mentally challenged (or is he?) thief opposite De Niro in The Score, the cunning title character in The Illusionist, identical twins living polar lifestyles in Leaves Of Grass, urban cowboy in Down In The Valley, and the bad dude in the 2003 version of The Italian Job.  Oh, and he was Bruce Banner in the second Incredible Hulk movie.  Ed is perhaps the first actor whose discography I really indulged in.

4. Jeremy Ironsirons

 In my opinion one of Great Britain’s finest – and certainly underrated – actors, Jeremy Irons is best known for his voice; he is the voice of Scar, in Disney’s Lion King.  He brings great depth to the characters he plays, from lovestruck palaeontologist (French Lieutenant’s Woman), terrorist leader (Die Hard With A Vengeance), aristocrat murder suspect (Reversal Of Fortune), Jesuit priest (The Mission), Crusades Marshal (Kingdom Of Heaven), and Musketeer (Man In The Iron Mask).  Of course, he remains one of the best portrayers of a proper nasty villain, owing to his fantastic gritty edged voice and stare (Time Machine, Dungeons & Dragons).

3. Shah Rukh Khanshah

 Little known outside of India and the Bollywood movie industry, King Khan is in fact among the biggest stars on the planet. A very likeable and somewhat diverse actor, he is best known for starring roles in romantic comedies and family dramas.  His first major success was the incredibly successful film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, featuring alongside Kajol in the first of many performances together.  Of course his films are less approachable to a western audience, owing to the necessitation of subtitles/overdubs, Indian culture, musical style, and often 3+ hour running times, so an ideal starting point would be ‘My Name Is Khan’, a contemporary story of love, religion and disability, set in San Francisco.  His performances in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ ascertain his ranking among the very best actors.

2. Al Pacinopacino

 When diminutive Italo-American method actor Al Pacino raises his big voice he really steals the scene.  Hailing from a background in theatre and Shakespeare, he really knows how to deliver the lines, and the emotion that carries them.  Throughout his career he has performed with intensity and sincerity, with a splash of deadpan humour and profound one-liners.  And although on screen he carries an overbearing presence, his real life nature is incredibly amicable.  His greatest, and most renowned performance was as Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy, but his roles in Scarface, And Justice For All, Glengarry Glen Ross, Merchant Of Venice, Insomnia, and Scent Of A Woman (for which he won an Oscar) are well worth a viewing.

1. Robert De Nirodeniro

A legend method actor who has performed a vast array of film roles beside his reputed stance in major crime movies.  The Godfather II, Goodfellas, Heat, and Once Upon A Time In America are among my personal favourites, but De Niro has also cemented his diversity as a boxer (Ragin Bull), US sergeant in Vietnam (The Deer Hunter), ambitious stand-up comic (The King Of Comedy), vengeful ex-convict (Cape Fear), and of course taxi driver as the iconic Travis Bickle and that monologue:  “you talkin’ to me?”  Nowadays he may be typecast to elderly grandfather roles, but an 8th collaborative Scorsese effort – featuring old friends Al Pacino and Joe Pesci – on the horizon heralds a return to his former glory.


I did struggle a bit with this. It was hard only choosing five. And they’re in no particular order.
Mark Wahlberg mark
I’m a huge fan. He’s nice to look at, I love his movies and I’m sure I’d enjoy going for a beer with him. He’s gone from strength to strength the last decade and been in some really good movies. Anyone who’s seen The Departed must surely love him a little bit. Films like Pain & Gain and Lone Survivor show how he can change his physique for roles which in turn shows his determination and respect for being an actor. Films like The Fighter and The Departed show his talent. And films like Boogie Nights show the rest 🙂
Brad Pitt brad
I’ve been a fan of Brad Pitt for years and though I don’t love all of his movies, I love the ones I do like, a lot. I like it when he plays a baddie or a scumbag or just someone a bit nuts (12 Monkeys!) I think he’s absolutely brilliant at playing roles like that. He’s such a huge star as well, yet when I see him in a movie I never think of him as ‘Brad Pitt’ I am just immersed in the character he’s playing. My favourite Brad Pitt role is Early Grace from the movie Kalifornia though a close second (and third) would be Mickey from Snatch and Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds. Please Brad, no more World War Z shit.
Kenneth Williamskenneth
I’m a huge fan of classic English comedy films the ‘Carry On’ series and though many talented actors starred in the films, Kenneth Williams was the best of the best of the best. I find him absolutely hilarious and have done since I was a child. I would think I say a Kenneth Williams quote at least once every day, no joke. His comic timing was impeccable and the camp acting, the nostrils, the voice – just perfect. He also acted on the stage but pissed off the thespian actors by going into camp mode, much to the delight of the audience!
Adrien Brodyadarein
I think Adrien Brody is one cool dude (he’s so cool!) and that’s the main reason I like him. But of course he’s a talented actor and is able to play many roles from the sensitive guy to the action hero. I think I first saw him in Summer of Sam but luckily he’s made plenty of good movies since then! I just like him, I’d watch anything with him in and he’s certainly been in some strange and interesting films. I also love the fact he’s never had a nose job. Not that he should do, he shouldn’t do, he’s perfect as he is. But most actors would. He’s just so cool!
Michael FassbenderMichael
Everyone loves Fassy! Michael Fassbender is so unbelievably talented it’s hard to know where to begin. He is amazingly diverse and has starred in films of all genres – and done it well. We’ve seen him speak fluent Spanish and German, as well as being great at ALL accents (even the finest actors can struggle with this). His first major movie was 300 which was only eight years ago – it speaks volumes when you think of the roles and movies he has tackled in those eight years. He’s literally taken the movie industry by storm, and quite rightfully so too. Respect.


5. Paul Dano

Paul is somewhat of an indie darling, with Little Miss Sunshine, Gigantic and Ruby Sparks to his name. He also turned solid supporting performance in Oscar winning There Will Be Blood, popular blockbuster Looper and Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave. Paul is always going to be solid performer who stays under the radar to the more casual fan, but his time to break out maybe closer than people think.  He is destining to win an Oscar in the future.

4. Dwayne Johnson

I grew up watching Dwayne as The Rock in WWE, I have gone on to see all of his films since he has entered the world of Hollywood from Scorpion King to Snitch and sure we have had some good (Fast & Furious 6) and some bad (Tooth Fairy), but he always makes himself an imposing screen presence. He has been given a chance with a mega disaster film coming out in 2015 and recently been cast in a comic book film.

3. Cillian Murphy

Cillian is another actor who will turn up in both small and large budget films. Having recently been involved with the Christopher Nolan epics Batman Begins and Inception. He can play both sides of the fence and always performs to top levels. He has lead roles in some of my favourite films Sunshine, 28 Days Later and Red Lights. I believe he will be an actor people will be talking about in the future looking back at his work.


2. Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo is the most well-known on my list, he has an unbelievable list of films (Titanic, The Departed, Django Unchained) to his name but somehow that Oscar statue always eludes him. It is only a matter of time before he gets the Oscar but you see his name on a film you know it will be great.


1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph will always be my favourite actor, he picks roles he enjoys both mega budget (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) or mini budgets (Brick, Uncertainty). It is not only his acting that I respect but his work behind the camera with his HitRECord production company showing he is a genuine good guy in the business.


The Lion King (1994)

logoDirector: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Writer: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremey Irons, Moria Kelly, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson


Plot: Loin cub Simba learns about his future as king of Pride Rock from his father and king Mufasa. When he starts growing he starts exploring more leading him into trouble. His Uncle Scar wants to be the next king and comes up with a plan to get rid of both Mufasa and Simba. After succeeding in killing Mufasa, Scar scares Simba away and takes over Pride Rock. While Simba is lost in the wilderness he meets an estranged couple Timon and Pumbaa who teach him about not worrying about the past. Simba knows he has to face his past and reclaim his throne from Scar.


Verdict: Disney’s Last Classic


Story: Loosely based on the Shakespeare classic Hamlet, we get a great story of redemption for the sins one well animal thinks he has committed. In the end the animal touch is very accurate minus the hyenas so the community that they live in. what makes this such a popular film is how it can relate to the audience because we all feel after making a mistake that changes each day we live. It will always go down as the last Disney classic before the Pixar people turned up. (9/10)


Character Review


Simba: The young loin cub who mistakenly is involved in his father’s death and runs from the responsability which would become his. After growing up and learn to put the past behind him an old friend gives him a chance to redeem himself and take his rightful place as King. (9/10)


Mufasa: Simba’s father who guides him during his young cub days showing him his boundaries and explain the circle of life. He is always worried about his son but manages to save him before falling foul to Scar’s plan. (9/10)


Scar: The uncle who believed he would be one day but once Simba turns up he goes down the chain, he plans to take out the rest of the family so he can become king. Brilliantly evil character here using all his brains to push people where he wants them to go. (9/10)


Pumbaa & Timon: I have to look at these two as a double act because they complement each other perfectly with their laid back view on life. (9/10)


Director Review: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff – Brilliant direction to create a classic that was a huge part of my childhood. (10/10)


Animation: When Disney were the best, this was their best. (10/10)

Family: Great family film that all will enjoy. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting created is authentic to the natural habitant of the animals involved. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is one that everyone has to watch, just sit and enjoy it. (Watch)


Best Part: Everything.

Worst Part: Nothing

Funniest Scene: Just can’t wait to be king song.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two poor sequels

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars

Box Office: $987 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: The Circle of Life


Overall: Classic Animated Masterpiece

Rating 93