This weekend saw the release of the commercial success with Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. DC releases it’s first feature film in 2018, much to the joy of a younger audience. But where does it stand with other movies?
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is an animated feature made by Warner Brothers Animation. In it, we follow Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire as they work to fight evil and gain the recognition…to make a movie about them. In their world, every superhero is getting their own movie made by Jade Wilson (voiced by Kristen Bell). Robin get’s the drive to legitimize the Teen Titans by having a movie made about them.
The film has a similar tone to Lego Batman. Its comedy style is great at criticizing the current climate of superheroes movies. But it also has jokes that seem to pander to a strictly immature audience. While I don’t mind a fart joke or a comedic montage, this film seemed to be littered with them.
Though this shouldn’t be all surprising considering anyone that has seen an episode of Teen Titans Go!. If you’re like me you might have grown up with the first iteration of the Teen Titans animated series. This movie does a horrible job of showing the characters I know and love. Which stings even more as the voice actors are all the same. However, this movie isn’t for me. Despite the fact that it is, at times, fun.
As I said, the commentary this film makes on super hero movies is funny. Even more so with the easter eggs, that includes the casting. Superman is voiced by Nicholas Cage, who was set play Superman in Superman Lives. If you want to know more about this then check out The Death of Superman Lives.
They even poke fun at other Superhero movies. When they asked if Green Lantern had a movie he replied with “Yes, but we don’t talk about it.” These jokes are the smartest and funniest parts of the movie, and the number of easter eggs are only beaten by Ready Player One.
That’s what disappoints me the most in this movie. Here you have these great comedic moments and then they are followed up with some lazy fart joke or a dumb gag. Slade’s plot (who is voiced by Will Arnet) is predictable, especially for those that saw the first season of Teen Titans.
So where do I rate this movie? Well, I hate to admit it, but I had more fun watching this than Batman vs Superman. The emic jokes on superheroes movie are worth the price of admission. If you have any younger siblings, cousins, nieces or nephews that like Teen Titans Go! then take them to see this movie. It is a fun family film and also acts as a great introduction to the DC world. I give Teen Titans a 3 out of 5.
Oh, I will be honest that there is a mid-credit scene that gives me hope. If you want full context then check out this Tweet from Tara Strong and go see Teen Titans Go! to the movies.