Daphne & Velma
Action / Comedy / Crime / Horror
Daphne & Velma
Action / Comedy / Crime / Horror
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne and whip-smart and analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online - until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma's school, Ridge Valley High, an incredible tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school's benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear - only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
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May 25, 2018 at 09:19 AM
Great, Refreshing, Funny for Intended Audiences
When my husband picked this movie up for our daughters who are 9 and 10, I hadn't even heard of it. I thought it would be something that they would probably watch, mildly enjoy and forget about. We put it on while we were all working on legos and before I knew it, they had stopped building completely and were watching it without distraction. I laughed so hard at so many parts of this film and so did my girls. It touches on numerous feminist ideas in very subtle ways like the mother being the girl boss and the dad being a stay at home dad, how one of their biggest fears was that there would never be a female president and that there is NO love interest what so ever for either of the girls. It was refreshing, and unexpectedly really funny. The music and wardrobe was great as well. By the end we were hoping that there would be a follow up in the form of a sequel, tv show or web series. We have owned it for 3 days and its been watched 3 times. This isn't meant for teenagers though- so I'm not sure how old the other reviewers were or what they expected but I and my girls were pleasantly surprised.
I for one am open for anything Scooby Doo related!
I was quite surprised to see this movie existed. I can't say I'm close to the Cartoon Network scene or any of that anymore like I was as a child so it doesn't surprise me, but I still love me some Scooby Doo! I personally love all the real action versions including the Cartoon Network ones. With that being said the absence of Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby although they were certainly missed; didn't take away from the overall mood. I would have liked to see the actors from the last couple movies return. But being though this was a spin off it needed to separate itself. So having new actresses didn't really bother me. You could say they didn't fit the roles as ideally as the previous choices. However I think this was intentional not only to create a fresh twist on the series, but also to universalize the characters and to open up to different races and cultures.
Overall I think they did a pretty good job at playing Velma and Daphne. I liked that they made this like a prequel to them becoming the mystery solvers that we all know them for. This opened up a fresh breath of air on the series and allows a lot more to be explored. It's fun to be a part of the characters slowly start to take on the form that we are so keen on seeing. I also want to take the time to appreciate the homage they paid with the chasing montage towards the end. Although rather cheesy, it still put a smile on my face and it certainly added to the mood of the film.
I would say the plot line itself is rather simplistic and at times seems a bit cheesy and underplayed. This is a Scooby Doo movie though, so you have to remember it is aimed mostly for kids and teenagers. With that in mind I think if you stop thinking about how ridiculous and questionable it is, and rather accept it for what it is. You will realize it has a place and it delivers a slighly above average experience. It's certainly not the most action packed hour and 15 minute. But it's also not as boring as other reviewers have stated. I guess as a younger child you would certainly get bored of this. Especially with the lack of Scooby and comedy relief from Shaggy. But as a teenager I think you would certainly relate a lot more to it's modern approach and would be pretty invested into figuring out what is happening and who is behind the whole thing.
This type of story has been used in many other shows and movies over the years. Kids being hypnotized or changed into mindless zombies in a school setting. Just off the top of my head I remember an episode of Even Stevens where this happened with eye exams. Or even the movie Cooties for instance. Where only the children are being affected. So the premise is fairly overused but they tried to modernize it with the technology of today and they changed the reasoning just enough to make it something unique. Some could argue filling a movie with cell phones, social media, and Instagram clones just to try to relate to today's youth is a cheap lazy trick. I myself start to feel a bit drained of the constant pushing of social media influence in today's programming. Although if it works it works. It just really shows what the world has become. It also kind of teaches a lesson in a way by telling people not to be so invested in technology. However if the children and teens who watch this actually pick up on that I am not too sure. I think this is why they address the situation at the end of the movie just to verbally let it sink in for those who didn't figure it out beforehand.
I enjoyed watching this movie. I think it was shot well, paid it's dues, and provided a unique experience. It could have had more Scooby Doo references and things that made it feel like a Scooby movie but it wasn't too bad. I don't want to blast it because I do not want them to stop making movies altogether. I rather we got things like this than nothing at all. I also am appreciative that they are trying something new. I absolutely loved the music during the credits! It had an awesome Scooby Doo vibe and I believe it was used a couple times in the film as well. As for where this could head? Well like I said there's a lot more they can explore. That it be with the same duo or even the other characters. This is a great opportunity to create back stories and to help demonstrate why certain characters are they way they are. I just hope the future chapters will have a bit more substance as far as action and to keep younger audiences engaged. I believe this is an average to slighyly above average movie. I am not a harsh critic when it comes to movies so if you like Scooby Doo or do not have much else to do, then I recommend you give it a watch!
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Your children will like it less than you do...
The word dross was invented with movies like this in mind. It was a good idea in practice and with the Scooby Doo link, should have been an easy solid 5 star movie, or at least be entertaining to children. Unfortunately it was neither of those 2 things. My children, ranging in age between 3 and 14, disliked this movie more than me and wandered off thoroughly bored not even half way through. And thats the main problem with this film, it doesn't seem to know who it's aiming itself at. Too mature for small children and far too boring and uninteresting for teenagers. It starts off irritatingly sugary sweet, like those aweful disney children's entertainment series, where everything's so cutesy and gender/race neutral. Daphne is now Latino at a guess (with a bad ginger wig), her mom's black and her dad's white... Regardless of race though, I found all three characters were poor choices for their roles and were all mildly irritating at best (Welma doesn't fare much better). I originally rated this movie 1 star before I'd finished watching it, but to it's credit the second half was much better than the first, so I upped the rating to reflect this. My advice would be to avoid altogether or just skip the first half, even then your children wont find it very interesting still, this film adds nothing to the Scooby Doo universe, infact it probably lowered it's stock considerably. A chance sadly missed.