Scoob! Movie Review

Scoob! is a scrappy attempt at rebooting one of the most beloved animated series/movies. But one thing it definitely is is more of a targeted opening towards creating a Hanna-Barbera universe. The film is perfect for a targeted audience in the younger K-12 demographic. Scoob! looks to write an origin story for our favorite talking dog. It does so in a unique fashion, albeit reutilizing plot devices.

First off, the animation definitely threw me for a loop. It feels close to an attempted realistic look like The Clone Wars, but it really fails miserably. Once you get used to it, you can kind of ignore it. But there are some cases where it feels like it can’t decide between realistic animation, and staying safe in accepting it’s going to look animated. The animation team needed to find a better balance, with transitional points. Or they needed to pick one style and go with it.

One thing Scoob! never fails to do is draw its audience’s emotions out of them. From the play at adult language jokes, (F-bombs away is something I might take up using), to clever Easter eggs for the older generations to recognize from Hanna-Barbera. There’s even a moment at the end that will make you forget where you’re at and start crying. Even though it’s a kids movie.

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The plot for Scoob! is one that’s typical. Heck, Scooby-Doo, directed by Raja Gosnell even utilizes something similar. There are two things that vary, but in an effort to remain spoiler-free I won’t touch the details. What I can say, is that what the film tries to do is be a light-hearted opening to a potential Hanna-Barbera universe that pays homage to everything Scooby-Doo before it. From the recreations of the original title sequence, to the inclusions of the Scooby snack. To the iconic final battle sequence that reminded me incredibly of Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. The ending’s where Scoob! really felt most like an iconic Mystery Inc.

While the writers tried to integrate the best features of Mystery Inc., it fails to provide a plot that connects us to any characters other than Shaggy and Scooby. I would have liked to see more from Fred, Velma, and Daphne. Their utilization seemed to simply provide an easy way to solve a mystery that left them from the grasp of the original storyline. If this truly a film about Mystery Inc., it would have been better if the core five had not been separated for half the film. The team is what makes the movies, and the television series great.

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No matter what the flaws Scoob! has, the first thing to remember the targeted audience. The film is written by fans of a series that wanted to bring an iconic franchise a new look, in order to bring in a new generation in on a first fandom for many of us. It’s important to realize this is an introduction to characters many people my age, and older were introduced to on Boomerang. It’s a fairly perfect introduction, if only the title were different.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted film to help alleviate some qualms during the COVID-19, I would say pick up this film. It’s worth it, so long as you can leave your expectations at the door. If you go in looking too close for a Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. film, you might find yourself disappointed. –Katie Gilstrap

-Rating: 7.5/10

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Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse takes place after Star Wars: The Last Jedi and before the upcoming conclusion to The Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. During the year long gap between the two, Resistance Reborn takes place, presumably on the earlier side. In short, the Resistance is looking for a place to hole up after Crait. Poe with his squadron has already picked up some borrowed ships and are trying to find people to join up. The call Leia placed at the end of TLJ has continually gone unnoticed. The Resistance has found out potential leadership are being picked up by The First Order to prevent them from joining up. The goal of the Resistance in Resistance Reborn is to rebuild the Resistance, turning the droplets they have, into a mighty ocean to beat The First Order.

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Star Wars: Thrawn is the first real introduction of a Star Wars Legends character into current canon mythos. That character being Mitth’raw’nuruodo, or Thrawn as he is called by most. Thrawn is a Chiss, a species that is part of the Unknown Regions territories in space. The species is rarely seen around the galaxy, and it is often thought they were a myth. This novel follows Thrawn’s introduction to the central worlds a couple of years after the Empire was formed in Revenge of the Sith. It serves as a prequel to the third season of Star Wars Rebels, introducing the characters of Arihnda Pryce, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Commander Eli Vanto. Though Vanto is not present in Rebels, his character is a vital part of Thrawn’s plot line.

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This movie has been out for 18 years, but if you’re like me before a couple months ago and haven’t seen Ocean’s Eleven, you should be warned there will be spoilers below.
Ocean’s Eleven is a fun puzzle of a heist movie for every second of the film. There is not a minute out of place, if you miss one moment you can be lost. The characters work extraordinarily well together, and they really draw you in more to the story. The story is ingenious, and several key twists are embedded so well, it’s hard to catch them. Most of the movie is spent building up a heist to steal money from Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), by Danny Ocean (George Clooney), and his crew: Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Virgil and Turk Malloy (Casey Affleck/Scott Caan), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), Basher Tarr 
(Don Cheadle), Yen (Shaobo Qin), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), and Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon). Despite the possessiveness in the title, the crew as a whole numbers 11 – including Ocean. 
The plot of Ocean’s Eleven is laid out fairly simply, but the complexity of the plot, movie wise and heist wise, grows as the film progresses. The intricacies of the heist and the reasons for it slowly get revealed, with hints along the way as to the way stuff plays out. It’s so fascinating, and refreshing, especially if you’re in to puzzles. I enjoyed the retort from Tess (Julia Roberts) to Terry, where she turns his camera words back on him at the end of the movie. There’s not really much else she’s used for here, she’s still important to the story, mostly as motivation for the heist. That is a bit of a bummer, because obviously Roberts is a talented actress.

The character development in Ocean’s Eleven is really interesting. We’re introduced to most of the characters via a recruitment process, which makes the start of the movie unique as compared to others. We’re given the information we need to know about them and really we were given just enough. It’s quite perfect, and works for most of the cast. The only thing I felt like I was missing for with characters was a bit more on Danny himself, as well as a little bit of background between Rusty and Danny’s relationship.

The cinematography and costume work all seem pretty standard for the early 2000s. There’s not much need for CGI here, so everything has aged quite gracefully in Ocean’s Eleven. This film is one everyone should check out and I hope people do. I was hooked from the moment the movie started to the very end.

Plot: 5/5

Character Development: 4/5

Amount of Puzzle: 5/5

Overall: 4.5/5


Back to The Future is a cult classic that is the pinacle of geekdom. This movie has everything; time travel, unraveling the main character’s (Marty McFly(Michael J. Fox)) future, romance, and a *semi* crazy uncle figure in Doc Emmet Brown(Christopher Lloyd). I learned the hard way that this movie is just a teeny bit of a requirement for some pop culture references in popular movies nowadays. Nonetheless, I have seen other movies, so while I will try and point out bits of originality, I may be mistaken in some cases and miss others.
This movie has obviously been out for a little bit, but just incase, if you haven’t seen this movie turn around and go watch it, then come back cause there are spoilers ahead!
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Back to The Future is an amazing movie. The plot is well developed, and turns out very eloquently in the end. This could have been a one shot film and succeeded quite nicely at wrapping things up. Marty ends up accidentally going back in time to the day his parents meet, and destroys their original get together. This causes a paradox, of which Marty and his siblings being slowly erased, with Marty being the last one to go. Marty works to put time back together throughout the movie, and still ends up with a different life in the future because of his meddling.
It was a great plot move, Marty going back to something different than what he had really. It shows some great character development in the way of the father, and presents the butterfly effect of time meddling, without being too hardcore over it. Even though Marty’s parents got together in the end, things didn’t quite end up the same. There wasn’t “devastating” effects that typically happen in movies nowadays. Marty didn’t have to put the timeline back together to original specifications, and it was a good move. The stealing plutonium bit from the Libyans felt a little cheating, and unoriginal in a sense, as that’s been done quite a lot since. But this movie was one of the first, so all the others could have copied off of it.
Character development in Marty is awesome. We see him turn around on the opinions of his parents, and see why his father is so timid in the future. Michael J. Fox really fits this role, and it was well worth the wait on the movie for the studio to have him in it. Marty helps turn his dad around and that’s great. His mom however, his mom is laughable. It really shows for the time of the movie released, how she acts, but she turns around at the end with the timeline being rearranged. 
Doc Brown is an awesome character, being the weird Uncle-like figure to Marty. There is not much development in his character however, as we see more of the past Doc Brown. He’s still a great figure head, and Christopher Lloyd does well in the role.
The emotion in the plot, and from the characters feels genuine. You can feel the terror from Marty as he tries to figure out how he will solve getting his parents back together. You can see Doc really care about the people around him, and he’s willing to do anything  to help them out. Crispin Glover (George McFly) really pulls off the distraught nerd and makes the transformation form terrified, to confident very smooth. The cast meshes together and you can feel the chemistry.
Overall, very good movie! I’m sorry I’ve missed out on such a classic over the years. It lines up extraordinarily well, with very few flaws.