People Are Seriously Divided Over Zac Efron's New Movie 'Scoob!'
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Scooby Doo remake Scoob! landed on a variety of online platforms today - from Apple TV, to Amazon Prime to YouTube.
The film - starring Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried, among others - has had fans of the 70s cartoon eagerly waiting ever since it was announced.
And while many were absolutely thrilled after its release, let's just say, a few of the critic reviews are pretty ruff.
The remake of the beloved 1969 children's series starts right at the beginning, when Shaggy (Will Forte) meets Scooby Doo (Frank Welker).
It then follows the pair's adventures with Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez), as they try to get funding for a new Mystery Inc venture, only to be told that they are the two weakest players.
Feeling a little dejected, the pair go bowling, where they cross paths with superheroes Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg), Dee Dee Skyes (Kiersey Clemons), and Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), and end up joining them on a mission to stop Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs).
After the film landed online, AV Club's Katie Rife told those thinking of renting Scoob to "abandon all hope," criticising its attempts to engage with a superhero narrative, and divert from Hanna-Barbera's original.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Lee from The Guardian mostly agreed.
"While a younger audience might be enthralled by the fast pace and bright colour palette, those understandably curious adults sitting nearby will find themselves watching in horror, a deep, sorrowful howl emerging," he wrote.
Richard Lawson penned in Vanity Fair: "The movie is bad at the business of building a real legacy; it's a hasty, throwaway cartoons-assemble job reminiscent of Warners', well, throwaway superheroes-assemble disappointment, Justice League."
As Cinemablend was slightly kinder, claiming the film was "not groundbreaking," but "fun".
While the reviews paint a rather...err...unimpressive picture of Scoob!, they're far from the full story.
Ever since it landed online, fans have been literally *raving* about it on social media. So, there is still hope...
"Holy sh*t, Scoob! was f*cking amazing, possibly the best movie I have watched all year," one person wrote, rather dramatically contradicting the critics.
As another penned: "Just watched 'SCOOB!', it was really good fun, loved all of the little references and the animation and sound choices were all amazing lol".
A third agreed: "OMG @scoob IS AN ABSOLUTE BUY!! I LOVED IT!!"
So, it looks like the jury is still out.
Personally, we love Scooby Doo, and we love superhero movies, so we can't see what's not to like!
And if those tweets don't clinch it for you, Simon Cowell also makes a cameo... You're welcome.
Click here to buy Scoob and decide for yourself.