Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Review

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is far from anything original and its random humor and Meta moments don’t translate well to the big screen. The characters may be derived from the popular animated series of the same name, but even the biggest fans won’t see any of the cartoon’s cleverness, humor, or fun in this film.

The film follows the Titans, Robin (Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Raven (Tara Strong), and Cyborg (Khary Payton), as they attempt to get their own movie. After seeing all of the other DC super heroes get their solo time on the big screen and being mocked by them for not being seen as real heroes, Robin decides that they need their own movie. To do so, the Titans embark on a quest to Hollywood to impress a well-known movie producer (Kristen Bell) and achieve arch-nemesis status with the diabolical Slade (Will Arnett).

The big problem with Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is that it constantly feels like it is trying to channel the meta-humor of Deadpool and the charm and story of LEGO Batman. In its attempts to grasp what people loved about the two films, it create a Frankenstein’s monster that will only make audiences want to grab pitchforks and torches. It also lacks the charm of the two iconic films and rarely stirs up much memorable laughter.

The film’s jokes really only work the first time, but it constantly tries to repeat the same punchlines and gags that get old really quick. Whether its cameos, gags with the team’s powers, or just a random joke thrown to muster up something funny in a scene, nothing really works in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

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Arnett’s Slade doesn’t add a villainous personality to the film and rather just creates another character to make fart jokes and be a clown. PHOTO: Los Angeles Daily News

The animation is solid and WB does a nice job keeping to the TV show’s style while adding in some new ones for special moments in the film. There is also a decent song or two that fits with the Titan’s personalities.

The story of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is one of the blandest I’ve seen so far this year. It made me feel as if they thought I was too dumb and wouldn’t be able to guess its surprises, plot twists, or ham-fisted jokes. And sure, the film is intended for kids and not for an adult audience, but honestly I think that it’s insulting to expect a kid audience to be so dumb that they wouldn’t notice super obvious “surprises.”

Not even the extremely talented voice cast of the legendary Tara Strong or Will Arnett can save the painfully lame jokes and moments that have zero impact on the story whatsoever. It even attempts to remind me of the other animated Teen Titans series to make me feel nostalgic, but all of can really think of is how vastly inferior the film is compared to it.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies fits right in with DC’s other recent cinematic blunders and fails to capture what audiences like about the show. It constantly thinks its audience is too brain-dead to understand its overdone jokes, constant reminders of better material, and a lack of imaginative storytelling.

1.5

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