Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

Happily, this film is not a disappointing sequel to the first Scooby-Doo movie; it is still up to the standard of the classic Mystery Inc. ‘Scooby-Doo 2’ is by the same director as the first movie, Raja Gosnell, and also has the same actors, thankfully, as they were all so great in the first movie.

Mystery Inc are back and full of fame, fans copying them and screaming their names. Or so it seems that way at the beginning… Things take a turn pretty quickly. The mystery? Someone is creating real monsters out of costumes of the unmasked villains in Mystery Inc’s past. This film is hilarious and full of parts to get children laughing. Although, I’m not restricting it to children, I still find it hilarious, I laugh at parts I used to when I was younger. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are the best! Matthew Lillard plays Shaggy perfectly, I can’t imagine anyone else that could have portrayed his character so excellently. He is hilarious, but also he is heart-warming for the audience, that he just wants to be seen as a hero and help the gang on purpose instead of making mistakes all the time. Both Shaggy and Scooby spend this movie feeling like they’re “screw ups” and that they are not needed in the gang; with the way that things turn out, it gives a nice moral to the film for children to understand.

Scooby Doo 2 - Shaggy and Scooby

From Shaggy having a crush in the first movie, ‘Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed’ portrays that it is Velma’s turn to have a crush. This being Patrick Wisely (Seth Green). Velma (Linda Cardellini) feels she is not good enough for Patrick and hesitates to go on a date with him as she feels he doesn’t like her. It’s a classic relationship plot, which is obvious where it heads, however one that tells the younger audience to have faith in themselves. To say the least, Velma makes me feel dumb, I know she’s supposed to be the smart one, but sometimes in this movie, I have no idea what she’s saying… Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) are of course back as well, both in their relationship even if it’s never stated. I like how Daphne’s character links from the first movie as she is much more active in fighting the monsters and isn’t taken as the damsel in distress anymore.

Scooby-Doo 2 - Velma, Fred, Daphne

I would recommend watching this film, it’s another great Scooby-Doo film which doesn’t let the audience down. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby face a dilemma none like any others, one that puts their city in severe danger. There is a large range of monsters to enjoy, some of them are even comical for the audience. The music is great, really fits in well with all the scenes at the right moments. Watch this film for a good laugh and a mystery for you to try and solve yourself. It’s a brilliant family film that the whole household will love. But I advise for you to watch the first movie first if you haven’t already. So join the gang and search for clues, alike to all Scooby-Doo’s.

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