Scoob! (2020)

I know I sound like a curmudgeon here, but I think “Scoob!” is a tiresome, forgettable bore. It seems to be aiming for the charming pathos of, say, “Coco,” but instead it ends up having more in common with 2019’s underwhelming “The Addams Family.” Like “Addams,” it mistakes zaniness and noise for comedy and excitement, and before you know it all becomes a repetitive blur. To be quite frank, I’ve already forgotten significant parts of the movie, and had to watch the trailer just to be reminded of the general plot for this review. The major problem seems to be a lack of focus: It’s like director Tony Cervone can’t figure out if he wants his audience to be young children or their parents, because the jokes vary wildly from squeaky-clean to outright inappropriate, which has a whiplash-like effect on the tone and atmosphere. There’s an all-star cast on hand to voice the famous characters but there’s something dispassionate about their deliveries: They hit the right beats but there’s no heart in it, which is highlighted by the relentless, tiresome and forgettable plot. It’s not terrible, it’s just underwhelming and witless, which is disappointing coming from the Scooby-Doo universe.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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