SCOOB! Review

By: Amanda Guarragi 

Scooby Doo has been apart of pop culture since the early 70s and will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you will always appreciate Scoob and the gang solving mysteries and unmasking bad guys. Scoob! gave audiences the origin story of Shaggy and Scooby, a story that we haven’t seen before, it made the transition to the gang, as adults, more effective. It was filled with nostalgia, it had the same humour and of course, it highlighted the power of friendship.

Scoob! directed by Tony Cervone, brought the gang together wanting to improve the business of Mystery Inc. Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Velma (Gina Rodriguez) called Simon Cowell, to see how they could improve the team. Simon said that Fred was the muscle, Daphne was the empath and Velma was the brain, but Simon had an issue trying to figure out Shaggy (Will Forte) and Scooby’s (Frank Welker) place on the team. This little conversation tore the gang apart, it lead Scooby and Shaggy to find their favourite hero Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and Dynomutt (Ken Jeong). They ended up helping them find the evil villain Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs), who had plans to open the underworld.

Scoob! really incorporated all the stories from previous television episodes AND the live action films that we love. My favourite thing about the movie was how great the animation was. It was about time Warner Brothers started to use the Hanna Barbera characters again and what better way to bring them back to the big screen, than with Scooby Doo? It was so much fun from beginning to end, the writing was really strong and the journey of friendship was heartwarming. It was just so nice to see these characters interact again, with new content, new characters, and the same type of mysteries to solve.

The one thing Scooby and Shaggy’s friendship brought all of us, was light hearted jokes, interesting meals and loving your best friend. Shaggy had said, “Growing up doesn’t mean growing apart, it means growing together.” it’s such a great line and because they chose to show his journey with Scoob, it made them coming together at the end pretty emotional. Friendships are important and that’s always been the case with Scooby Doo, they might get annoyed with each other but in the end they always help each other out no matter what.

It’s one of the best family friendly films I’ve seen this year. The humour is definitely meant for the adults, but the kids will get a kick out of Scoob and his joyous spirit. They took the structure of the television episodes, the villains from the live action films and brought one of the best voice casts together to make a pretty fun movie. Scoob! will have you missing the gang the second you finish the film and naturally the ending is pretty open ended, so fingers crossed for a sequel.

Trolls World Tour Review

by: Amanda Guarragi 

Trolls World Tour is a colourful and heartfelt sequel, which brings Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) back together to discover the history of the Trolls Kingdom. They discover that there are six troll scribes that are scattered around the kingdom, devoted to six different genres of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) from the land of Rock wants to take over the entire Kingdom, by converting everyone into rock zombies.

The story is very well written because each genre of music stems from a certain culture and each land is modelled after the genre of music. It’s a lot of fun to go on the journey with Branch and Queen Poppy because of how the music eventually blends together. It is a bit slow at times because the focus is mainly on the musical medleys and some drag on more than others, or else the mixture of all these sounds is quite refreshing. The reason why Trolls works is because of how they remix the songs while still giving credit to the original sound.

I have to admit I really loved the Rock Trolls because of how dark and edgy they were. Their song choices were awesome and having Ozzy Osbourne cast as Queen Barb’s father was genius. They really captured the essence of rock in a kids movie, which is hard to do without going full punk rock. They covered “Crazy Train”, “Barracuda” and “Rock You Like A Hurricane” so well and Rachel Bloom knocked each song out of the park.

The whole point of Trolls World Tour is that everyone is unique in their own way. Each genre of music is different but is needed to blend different sounds together to make another form of music. They have used music kingdoms to represent different cultures and they actually acknowledge their differences. They addressed that the Pop genre has taken credit for the music that has come before it. Queen Poppy struggles with the idea of wanting everyone to get along and be the same but each troll has a unique musical spirit that should be acknowledged based on their culture.

I loved the integration of different music and the animation from DreamWorks was top tier. They use different animation when retelling stories from the past from the Trolls Kingdom and it flows so nicely from scene to scene. The cast in this sequel was jam packed and it was great to recognize some familiar voices like Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Kenan Thompson and Sam Rockwell. It’s such a fun film and it has a beautiful story that creatively addresses how we all need to come together and celebrate each other’s differences, so we can live in harmony with music.