Daphne and Velma
Directed By: Suzie Yoonessi
Starring: Sarah Jeffrey, Sarah Gillman, Vanessa Marano, Courtney Dietz, Stephen Ruffin, Evan Castelloe, Arden Myrin, et.al.
Daphne Blake, an alien-obsessed internet conspiracy blogger, moves with her family to Ridge Valley, which is where Daphne’s cyber BFF, Velma Dinkley happens to reside. However, upon arriving in Ridge Valley, Daphne discovers that Vlema isn’t interested in taking their friendship to the real world, but when strange things start happening to the top students at Ridge Valley High, Daphne and Velma put aside their differences in an attempt to track down the culprit.
As far as Scooby-Doo related movies go, this one is fairly standard. Focusing on Daphne and Velma, the movie takes places before the events of any other Scooby-Doo movie. For some reason, it doesn’t seem strange that a pretty, outgoing, rich girl would want to be friends with a self-imposed loner doing her best to look as average as possible, though this may just be because of familiarity with the source materials. The story-line, someone draining teens minds for fresh new ideas, actually seems plausible, especially in today’s society of rapidly-evolving technology. Jeffrey and Gillman have a decent chemistry, and making Daphne actually intelligent differs from recent portrayals of her being nothing more than a bimbo who’s only good at getting kidnapped by the bad guy. Since these movies are more story-driven, the writing is decent. Not too much of the dialogue seems forced, and while there are a few implausible situations they’re handled well.
There aren’t too many effects in the movie. There’s a few instances of advanced/futuristic technology, and they don’t look too bad. Everything else is background filler and not noticeable.
This is one of your typical kids movies. It’s fun and enjoyable, even if your older than the target audience, and if your kids are unfamiliar with Scooby-Doo, this would be a fun way to introduce them to the franchise. It’s worth a rental, at the very least.
Daphne and Velma is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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