Written by Shiggins
Whether you love it or hate it, you can't deny that Justice League is one of the superhero movie genre's most mishandled blunders. DC's big-screen movie universe has been full of many misses and far too hits, but the straight-to-dvd animated works are usually considered great. So what happens when DC brings out a big-screen animated movie, combining the best with the worst? Well, apparently we get Teen Titans Go to the Movies!
|Believe it or not, this Slade isn't as scary as the original. I know, I was shocked too!|
Based on the 2003 hit that aired on Cartoon Network, Teen Titans Go is a low-budget series that uses flash animation and shorter episodes with a focus on making jokes and selling toys. Honestly, I don't hate the series but it certainly is a step back in an era where we're already losing far too many 2D cartoons to 3D, and mature themes for goofy ones. That being said, I have watched TTG a few times and it did make me laugh, but that doesn't mean I wasn't shocked to hear a film of this was coming out. "Really? Teen Titans Go is getting a movie?" I said.
This superhero movie is about superhero movies, funnily enough. The Teen Titans want to be taken seriously, especially their leader Robin who has become slightly obsessed, and they believe that if they get a movie then their dreams will come true. However, they need to find an archenemy to impress the director. Luckily for them, this is when the villainous
|Oh yeah, I forgot... Superman kinda sucks in this!|
Newcomers to the cast are Will Arnett as Slade, Kristen Bell as acclaimed movie director Jade Wilson, Greg Davies as Balloon Man and even Nicholas Cage getting to play the role he's dreamed of for years... Superman! Yes, this man is finally Superman! How can you hate a movie that casts Nicholas Cage as Superman?
|It's sad that we'll probably never get a great Swamp Thing movie...|
For the most part, it surprisingly succeeds. Every scene has at least something that made me smirk, and I found myself laughing surprisingly loud when the best jokes came out. It's completely childish and immature, but it made me laugh so who cares? I'm childish and immature! We're all childish and immature, deep down! There's a scene where the Teen Titans get the "genius" idea to stop the Justice League ever existing so they can be the only true heroes, and the lengths they go to stop Aquaman or Batman becoming the heroes they are destined to be are great. And surprisingly dark!
|To quote the TTG series: "Dem leeeeegs."|
The jokes involving Slade are funny as well, although they do drag on. Will Arnett is a very funny actor with a lot of talent, but his performance in this reminded me too much of the Lego Batman movie, in which he played the lead. The scene where he uses "mind manipulation" on the Teen Titans wears thin quickly but keeps going on.
|It's like DC's Deadpool! For kids!|
Perhaps the film's biggest failing is the use of the main characters, besides Robin. Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven have no arcs or motivations beyond "Help Robin and save the world", which is an ultimate shame. Raven in particular keeps bouncing from deadpan disinterest to goofy shenanigans, making her feel inconsistent. Again, the film isn't trying to be anything but a good time with jokes (It even boldface admits that at the end), but some development for these characters could have gone a long way.
|I desperately want to see Ron Perlman's Slade meet Will Arnett's. It'd be like Avatar's Ozai meeting the Adventure Time's Ice King.|
On a side note, I had two revelations while watching this film.
The first is that we, fans of the 2003 series, need to get over Teen Titans Go. I've seen "true fans" of the show complain about this show since its inception, and I was on their side during the first season, but we're now five seasons and a movie in. The original Teen Titans is getting a season 6, from what I can tell. It's time to calm down, and let the kids have what they have. The 2003 series still exists and it is coming back to answer our cliffhanging problems. There is no excuse anymore to complain about a kids' cartoon.
|There's like 5 jokes in this one picture, and the least funny one is the one they want you to focus on.|
Teen Titans Go to the Movies is not going to win any awards or wow audiences with its heart. And it isn't trying to, which means it is free to embrace the total insanity it creates and never stop until the credits roll. Kids will have a good time for the rapping and comedy, and older fans of DC will enjoy the countless Easter Eggs and homages to DC's long history of comics and movies while wishing the writers could have resisted the urge to include so many butt jokes. It is what it is.
Also, there's a shop in the Balloon Man scene called "the Ror Shack". That's genius.
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Best Performance: Scott Menville as Robin.
Best Part: Back in time montage.
Worst Part: Krypton twerking.
|DC, hurry up and give the fans what they really want!|
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