Teen Titans Go to the Movies

I can easily understand why a fan of DC Comics and their characters may hate Teen Titans Go.  The program takes a serious team of heroes and makes them childish and immature.  I mean…one of these characters is Robin, one of the oldest and most important characters if the DC Universe.  Teen Titans Go is directed toward a very youthful audience and I know there are comic fans who think that is insulting.

And while most of the Teen Titans Go series is not very easy to watch as a comic fan, Teen Titans Go to the Movies is extremely clever, funny and just a lot of fun.  Who’da thunk it?

That does not mean that there are not sections of this movie that are stupid and resorts to fart jokes, poop jokes and other low brow humor for their jokes.  These sections are still dumb and a weakness of this film.

However, the funny and surprisingly well-written parts of the film outweighs the limited amount of poop jokes here.

The Teen Titans, featuring Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven, are having trouble finding respect among the super hero community because of their immaturity and their likeliness to break into song.  Meanwhile, it seems like every super hero around is having a movie made about them.  Robin desperately wants to have a movie based on himself and he and the team think that if they can find an arch-nemesis, they would be taken more seriously.

That arch-nemesis would turn out to be Slade (Will Arnett), who has started a plan by stealing a specific gem from Star Labs and he uses his mental manipulation to fool the Titans.

The strength and the friendship of the Teen Titans must overcome their own ego and the strain it might put on the team in order to save the world from Slade’s evil plan.

Teen Titans Go to the Movie was quite a surprise.  It was way better than it had a right to be and I found myself laughing and smiling at most of it.

There were so many DC Comic characters in the movie that I had a heck of a good time just looking at the crowd in the film’s movie theater and trying to name everyone.  Never would you see such characters as The Spectre, Deadman, Ms. Martian, Shazam, Booster Gold, Zatanna, Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Jonah Hex, Swamp Thing in the same scene with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Flash.  It was amazing to see the artists’ rendition of these comic book characters that many of the audience members (certainly not the children in attendance) would have no idea who they were.

But even more than that was the fact that Teen Titans Go to the Movies is really a satire of the comic book movie genre and provides some really funny self-deprecating humor on the subject.  Comic book movies are not the only genre the film targets as it has a remarkably clever Back to the Future section of the film, a series of strangely catchy musical numbers and meta/fourth wall breaking moments.

And there are two specific Stan Lee cameos (voiced by Stan the Man himself) and a pre-credit scene that might make the haters smile just a little.

While I have never been a fan of the show, this film was way better than I ever imagined and I found myself laughing throughout.  I was constantly amazed at what I was seeing on screen (I am not sure, but I think I saw a movie poster in the background featuring Superman with a mustache…hey there Justice League).  As a comic book fan, I saw Easter eggs galore in almost every scene and I was astounded by what they got away with.  The whole Batman origin joke made me laugh out loud (not sure anyone else understood it in my theater).

This was really good and, while I could use less fart/poop jokes, I understand why they are here.  I also think something like Teen Titans Go to the Movies could help the comics. How many people might wonder about characters they see here only to find that they are real DC characters?

4 stars

 

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