REVIEW: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Is A Surprisingly Good Time For All Ages
Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is the theatrical debut of the highly popular Teen Titans spinoff series Teen Titans GO! The film offers a very simple premise to its audience: Robin, the leader of the Titans, wants his own superhero movie. The Titans live in a world where every superhero has their own movie, except for Robin and the Titans. The way that the film goes about delivering this premise is both charming and quirky. The film is mainly targeted towards younger audiences who watched Teen Titans GO!, but the film also caters to those who watched the original Teen Titans series and to those parents who dragged their kids to the theater. The film caters to both audiences by mixing the spinoff’s corny and “potty” humor with meta-jokes that poke fun at other DC (and even Marvel) properties that everyone can enjoy. The end result is a surprisingly good time, regardless of age.
Teen Titans GO! To The Movies sees the return of the original voice cast from both the spinoff and the Teen Titans series to reprise their roles. Robin, voiced by Scott Menville, takes center-stage as he goes on a quest to acquire his own superhero movie. What follows is a series of humorous antics that pokes fun at pretty much everything from Back to The Future to Marvel’s own Stan Lee. These scenes are cleverly written and mostly enjoyable. I won’t spoil the best scenes, especially the ones that truly made me “laugh out loud”. There are numerous things to enjoy about the film, whether it be the well-written script and funny gags or the spectacular cameos from celebrities playing superheroes. Nicolas Cage, who finally gets to spread his wings (or cape) shines as Superman. Other celebrities include Halsey who voices Wonder Woman, Patton Oswalt who voices The Atom, and Lil’ Yachty who voices Green Lantern. There are other brilliant cameos, but I won’t spoil those. There’s also a surprisingly numerous amount of musical numbers. These vary from obnoxious to downright amazing; it’s basically either a hit or miss. There's one musical number that is fantastic and is still running through my head at this very moment.
Will Arnett voices Slade Wilson, the main antagonist of the film. In order to have his own superhero film, Robin has to find an arch nemesis to battle and he finds that in Slade Wilson. He’s not the best villain, but he’s also not the focus of the film. The film jumps from scene to scene following the Titans’ antics instead of focusing on what the villain is up to. Which surprisingly works, Slade’s plan is pretty predictable, so the film doesn’t need to center itself around it.
The advice that I would give going into Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is that if you’re not open to the fact that its both a kids movie and a movie aimed at older audiences, you probably won’t enjoy it. There are numerous instances of fart jokes and other sources of humor that cater to the younger audiences that are familiar with Teen Titans GO! It’s not supposed to take itself too seriously. There’s no dire consequences from anything that the Titans do. There is a lesson to be learned, and this lesson is both cliché and important at the same time. The Titans want the audience to learn that success doesn’t guarantee happiness. It’s through family and friends that people can find true happiness, not having your name plastered on a movie screen. This lesson, as cliché as it is, serves its purpose. I left the theater feeling better about myself.
In the end, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is worth your time, especially with a short runtime of only an hour and twenty-seven minutes. The action is fun and harmless, most of the jokes work well, and the clichéd plot is overlooked by the awesome and hilarious meta-sequences that are sure to put a smile on your face. If you are a fan of Teen Titans or Teen Titans GO! this film is well worth your time, no matter how old you are. Just be sure to stick for that mid-credits scene. I have a feeling that people will be talking about that soon enough.