"Teen Titans Go! To The Movies" Film Review
Directed by: Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail
Cast: Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Tara Strong, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, Eric Bauza, Greg Davies, Halsey, Lil Yachty, Wil Wheaton and Jimmy Kimmel.
The Superhero Comedy We Deserve
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is the superhero comedy we didn’t know we needed. The film overflows with pop culture references and Easter eggs. It goofily parodies the superhero genre while honoring it at the same time. And yes, there are fart jokes, silly gags, and even musical numbers, but all placed over a strong, captivating plot that keeps both children and adults at the edge of their seats.
Don’t be fooled by hardcore comic book readers, defenders of Marv Wolfman and George Perez comics, or fans of the 2003 Teen Titans animated series, who look down on Teen Titans Go! precisely for the one thing that makes this show unique: its humor. Just like Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is a celebration of a genre that seems unstoppable, a genre with its own codes; Hero vs. Villain, traumatic origin stories and bad guys plotting to take over the world. When you know all these codes, and so do your audience, you can take our expectations and let them down, giving us something unexpected because, after all, that is one of the very foundations of comedy. During a superhero movie, if you think you are about to see an action scene, but instead you see a musical sequence, you've got no choice but to laugh and surrender yourself to the colorful world of the Titans.
But this film doesn’t only mock the superhero genre, it also spoofs Hollywood movies and its clichés, like the “sad moment” of the movie, or the uplifting song that gives the protagonist the strength to pursue his dreams. Directors Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath take the characters they’ve been working on since 2013 when Teen Titans Go! premiered on Cartoon Network and let them be themselves; the childish, kind-hearted, hilarious team of young heroes we love so much.
When the Titans face the Balloon Man, a giant monster who starred the 20 seconds fart joke of the movie trailer, he says he has never heard about the Titans, to what the heroes respond with a hilarious song introducing each member of the team. So, if you feel that is too ridiculous for you, maybe you won’t enjoy this movie, but if you are ready to dive into the craziness of the Titans, you are in for a ride! Get ready to catch a million Easter eggs and some unexpected cameos -believe me, you do not expect them.
Although the film was advertised as the superhero movie to end all superhero movies, we hope Warner Bros. continues to produce this kind of animated films, because the studio has a lot of great stories yet to be told, a background of amazing characters and experienced animators and producers who love what they do and love the characters they are bringing to life.
Put on your cape and cowl and treat yourself with 90 minutes of uninterrupted laughs, action scenes, parody, cameos and a whole lot of heroism. Titans, Go! To the nearest theater!
There are fart jokes, silly gags, and even musical numbers, but all placed over a strong, captivating plot that keeps both children and adults at the edge of their seats.