‘Scooby Doo 2’: Actors embrace roles in groovy sequel

Let’s skip the clues, and cut to the chase. Unlike the first movie, in which the gang split apart and reunited instead of keeping with the original formula of comedy, antics and mishaps, “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” is definitely a Scooby do.

The story throws the audience in with the crime solvers, known as Mystery Inc., who must redeem themselves after being publicly embarrassed in their hometown of Coolsville by a masked villain.

The action begins right away. The gang is taken off guard when someone steals ghost statues from a museum right under the gang’s noses. Throughout the movie, the action of ghost versus gang never stops, and while Mystery Inc. tries to prove themselves to the town, Scooby and Shaggy try to prove to the rest of the gang that they belong in Mystery Inc.
Without giving too much story away, there is a lot of running around, butt kicking, media hogging and screaming. The whole gang complements each other as characters as well as actors.

As in the first movie, Mathew Lillard, who plays Shaggy, was perfect in his role. Whether it’s his looks, his body language, or his voice, Lillard did an unprecedented job of breathing life into the somewhat antiquated role. The others characters were also steady, believable and accurate, which made the movie well acted, directed and scripted.

The special effects were nothing short of amazing, especially in the scene where Shaggy’s head is on a woman’s body. It looked real. The ghost graphics were amazing, and surpassed the graphics of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” with less of a transparent effect and more realism.

“Scooby Doo 2” is a Scooby-Doobie-Doo. I recommend this movie to all, young and old, even to college students who are only closet Scooby Doo lovers.