Its 7:41 pm
Who doesn’t like “Scooby Doo,Where Are You”? a classic cartoon featuring 4 teens and their goofy Great Dane who zip across the country solving zany and wacky mysteries.
Hell ,to this day I still use the word “Zoinks!!” when something funny is said or watching some silliness going on.
Its ingrained in American pop culture,”Scooby Snacks”,”Jinkys” and “those meddling kids”. I think Casey Kasem was more known for voicing Shaggy then doing his sappy Top 40 radio show. Scooby Doo has been a fixture in American cartoons for 50 years now in various formats including a pair of live action movies written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy films).
“Daphne & Velma” is considered a prequel to the those two films and was brought to the screen by Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale who produced the movie. Because I was a fan of the Gunn live action films,I decided to take a chance with “Daphne & Velma” and see just how these friends first met.
So 75 minutes later I was just sitting there looking at the screen,I know my jaw had dropped because the cheetah used his paw to shut it. This was one of the most disappointing films I have seen in a good long time.
The plot is paper thin,Daphne & Velma are online best friends,when Daphne’s mom get transferred to Ridge Valley and Daphne starts school at a high tech school. Instead of a joyful meeting,Velma acts aloof and distant to her “friend”. She is acting that way and also hiding her smarts because something strange is happening at the school which is being funded by Bloom Innovative. The students are publicly ranked and at the end of the school year,the smartest student will win a grant and a internship at Bloom.
But each time a student gets ranked,they vanish,only to appear later a shell of themselves,someone is stealing their smarts. Daphne and Velma have to find out who..
That is the story…..an episode of the cartoon show would have done a better job in 22 minutes then this mess did in those 75 minutes.
The whole movie comes across as extremely cheap,the sets are small and the effects look horrible.
But what really rankled my ire is in the making of featurette,both Tisdale sisters and director Suzi Yoonessi both prattle on about “empowerment for women” and then proceed to do what…..stereotype Daphne and Velma. In the cartoon show,Velma was always the sharpest one of the bunch while Daphne often got stuck and had to be rescued (that later was changed in the cartoon,Daphne was shown to be very capable).
In this movie,its Daphne,being skinny and pretty,leading the way,dragging Velma along.
Velma is portrayed as dumpy,fashioned challenged and insecure. So much for empowerment,right? The actresses that played Daphne and Velma,Sarah Jeffrey and Sarah Gilman are game but the shoddy direction, shitty script and lackluster sets/effects just drown and destroy their efforts.
But I did like the IDEA for the movie and I hope Warner Brothers will take their lumps on this one,bring in someone who knows how to write a script and direct a movie and gives Jeffrey and Gilman another chance. Just make sure you give her rightful due….because its all about empowerment for women,right?
“Daphne & Velma” is rated “G” and has 3 behind the scenes featurettes and a gag reel (two of them if you count the movie).
This is easily one of the worst films of 2018 and there is nothing to recommend in watching it.
Which film recently have you watched that you were surprised at how bad it was?
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