‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ Is Super-Meta and Subversive Fun for All Ages – Review
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is truly a Deadpool for kids. It is a fun adventure with our favourite teen superhero team as they go full meta and subversive in their quest to have their own movie. It is exactly what the trailers promised.
Robin (Scott Menvile) becomes obsessed with starring in his own superhero movie as it seems every hero (no matter how obscure) is getting their own. He leads the Teen Titans – Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), and Starfire (Hynden Walch) – on a treacherous journey to Hollywood to fight for their moment in the spotlight. They soon discover that what stands in the way of their dreams of being legitimized by the movie business is an arch-nemesis, or lack thereof, because they aren’t “real superheroes.”
The movie doesn’t hold back its punches with its commentary about the superhero movie industry, as there is so much to make fun of. There are jokes about the seemingly endless amount of superhero movies, obscure characters getting their own movies before more deserving heroes, how Superman has many films, the time it took for Wonder Woman to get her own movie, and so much more. It’s a wonder how Warner Bros. allowed a film like this to exist, as it does not hold back at teasing the poorly received DC films or remarking on how Warner Bros. is incapable of saying “no” to every single film pitch.
However, there are several good jokes about their competitors and genuinely laugh-out-loud pop culture references. Die-hard superhero fans and casual moviegoers will be able to enjoy the meta nature of the movie, but more so the die-hard fans because screenwriters Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath dig deep. There is nothing Teen Titans Go! To The Movies won’t joke about and it doesn’t hold back at also making fun of the Teen Titans.
This is a very lighthearted take on the Teen Titans and is in line with Teen Titans Go!. If you aren’t a fan of the reimagined Teen Titans, you should give Teen Titans Go! To The Movies a chance. You may be surprised because this kicks it up a notch with some really clever all-ages appropriate humour. The original cast gives it their all and it is very clear that they truly love the characters they voice. Fans of the original series will find their trust in the actors is not misplaced. If you also still long for the old animated series, stick around till the end as there is a slight treat for fans.
It’s also a love letter to superhero fans everywhere. Yes, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies does spend its entire 88 min run making fun of superhero comics and movies, but it’s all in jest. The movie speaks to the joys of reading comics or watching the movies. No matter the story, we all have a special place in our hearts for these heroes and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies gives a space for fans to just have fun and laugh.
There is no ill-will or intention to discredit or bring down the superhero genre. In fact, I would urge parents, guardians, and older siblings to take children to see this as this is the perfect place to open their hearts and minds to comics and superhero movies. Even those who don’t care for the animation style and long for the old Teen Titans will find this most enjoyable.
If you want to escape the excruciating heat for 88 mins, be sure to check out Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. It’s a darn good time – sure to make you laugh and fall in love with superheroes and all the shenanigans that come with the job.
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