A new Scooby-Doo movie that manages to keep the gang updated while sending their look back to the original style. Keeps more in tune with the original series in that it follows the gang on a trip to help Velma's sister Madelyn where they encounter a mystery which they must solve. Merges the old Scooby with the newer Scooby to bring off a satisfying movie that is fun and clever.
This is a film that is unique to say the least. It becomes believable due to the documentary style filming and the use of discussing troll lore and history within the film. The film explains how trolls can exist in the modern world and gives explanations for many things such as how the humans keep them bound which adds to the believability. There is plenty of intense moments due to filming at night (the only time trolls come out because sunlight will turn them to stone or make them explode) but it never gets a level of horror or being scary. There are some comical moments due to the nature of the film but all in all it is a fascinating movie that explores the lore and realm of trolls in a realistic way. Intriguing, entertaining, satirical and a good solid film.
A messy, choppy script that seems to be all over the place. It doesn't flow and the pacing is a bit off and the script can't seem to decide what story it really wants to tell. There are three plot points weaved throughout the film but they don't easily flow into each other making the film disjointed. Clooney feels ill cast and unsuited to the role and most of the cast are not used well. Krause as Sid was an annoying character who served no purpose - if his character was removed the film would not change at all. Lillard was horrible and Greer, who played Lillard's character's wife, was good but not given enough to work with. Forster was good as the grandfather and Woodley, as Alex the daughter, outshined Clooney in the acting department. The Hawaiin theme in the music got old after a while and the whole film just didn't flow. Another point against the film is how it can't make up its mind if it is a comedy or a drama. It tries to do both and fails resulting in flat humor and less poignant serious moments. It comes close but fails at what it is trying to do.
Theron gives a great performance as the self-destructive Mavis who, finally fed up with her same old routine, decides to go back to her hometown and reconnect with her old boyfriend. What unfolds is a comical telling of very real and sad truths about some people who never grow up. The story is solid and not too long but it is Theron and Oswalt that make the film. The two of them have great chemistry and the friendship they create feels real. It would have been nice to see both of them have more to work with and have seen them interact together more. The film fits the story but I can't help wishing it could have been longer to further explore those two characters.