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If it weren’t for those meddling kids…

The student cinema had Scooby Doo showing last night, and despite hearing reviews saying that it wasn’t a particularly good film, I thought I’d check it out anyhow. And actually, it was worth the £2.75 price of the ticket.
Although some of the acting is a little ropey, Matthew Lillard is good at emulating Shaggy on the big screen. The effects are very good too – Scooby is animated particularly well, and they even managed to squeeze Scrappy Doo in there too, though I won’t tell you what part he plays because it gives away a large portion of the plot.
The story is quite good and structured – clues to the final ‘mystery’ appear throughout the film so although the ending is a little unexpected it still makes sense – kinda like a real mystery :).
There are some genuinely funny moments, some reminiscent of Austin Powers (imagine Scooby as Shaggy’s Minime and you’ll get the idea), plus some that do leave you near the edge of your seat.
incidentally Scooby Doo 2 is due for release in the US in 2004, with pretty much the same cast as this one. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up to the first one.

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