Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Movie Review
I’m not entirely sure why I agreed to review Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. After all, I’m not an 8-year-old boy, the obvious target for this colorful, chirpy superhero comedy cartoon. Deep down, however, as a DC Comics fan, I believe I’m ever desperate for high quality entertainment featuring DC superheroes.
Even if they are D-grade superheroes.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is 85 minutes of silliness that works more than it doesn’t and is notable in how it differs from the live-action fare that have haunted audiences for years: it’s actually fun, and is willing to be fun no matter the cost.
The movie, based on a Cartoon Network television show I had no idea existed up until a few months ago, is not aimed at my age level, and if you are my age and watch Teen Titans Go! To the Movies with utmost glee, I don’t know whether I should be jealous of your ability to tap into your childhood or saddened by how easily entertained you are. The film has, like a TV show made for kids, the tendency to go off on absurd tangents or even break into song with seemingly little reason to do so. It’s in these stretches where the movie lost my interest completely, where I was unfazed by the flashing lights and song and dance distractions meant to fill time.
But Teen Titans Go! succeeds when it sets its focus on other superhero movies. It is completely willing to snipe at other superheroes, who cares whether they are DC or Marvel. Robin and his lesser known teammates constantly refer to villain Deathstroke as Deadpool; the story mocks the obsession with creating superhero movies in general; it also pokes fun at Stan Lee cameos. The movie also, delightfully, has a dark streak—in one segment, the Titans go back in time to stop the origins of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as Aquaman, who they kill by dropping plastic six-pack containers into the ocean (and when they have to reverse the damage they’ve done, they shove Bruce Wayne’s parents into the alley where they get shot).
It’s these moments that work extremely well.
If Teen Titans Go! To The Movies were to stick to hammering its DC roots and not get caught up in sugary antics that just amount to colorful noise, it would be onto something. As is, it’s an amusing, fast-paced, and harmless film that little kids will love and adults can appreciate. In small doses.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.