Believe it or not the puppy dog eyed Teen Titans are a controversial topic in the otherwise gloomy DC fandom. Airing between 2003-2006 on the idiot-box, the titans were reincarnated seven years later into vibrant, wacky miniatures rather than the fully grown, anime style teenagers they once were. When DC announced they would be getting their own feature fans were euphoric, that was until they realised they meant the teeny titans not the original team. Here we follow the young superhero group who lose sight of their crime fighting duties as they desperately seek Hollywood stardom.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies provides a silly rainbow rush adventure that makes Nicholas Cage as Superman a good casting choice. Bursting full of colour, the Teen Titans gallivant gleefully around the screen for a dazzling though brief eighty-eight minute adventure. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies re-energises the bleak DC template, taking a step back and finally nodding to the studios' past mistakes. From Green Lantern gags to a recreation of the ridiculous "Martha" climax in Batman V Superman - DC finally give in and take the Mickey out of themselves.
This brilliant and bubbly caper has wit and self awareness on a similar scale to the Lego Movie - directors Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail magnificently replicate Lord and Miller's iconic references and razor sharp quips. In fact this is a mini revelation for DC, fantastically written and quick paced - Teen Titans Go! To The Movies betrays the forcefully dark and cumbersome style the studio have stubbornly stuck by for years since. If you thought they would never make a film with time travelling tricycles, A-ha and fake Shia LaBeouf then you'd be wrong.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is created using the same bright, 2-D animation as the current TV show. This offers a refreshing change of pace from the current 3-D visuals that are now the norm in modern Hollywood. The Teen Titans explode onto the screen with neon energy blasts, glittery black magic and a shapeshifting Beast Boy. What's more Will Arnett - so famous as Lego Batman - returns to DC as Slade, the Titan's often aggravated arch nemesis who spends most of the film hilariously explaining that he's not Deadpool.
As we see Robin determined to star in his own film - Teen Titans Go! To The Movies pokes fun at the recent volume of superhero movies as well as how superfluous so many of them are. In particular one gag sees all the DC heroes attend Batman's latest movie premier: Batman: Always - only to sit through a bunch of trailers advertising Alfred: The Movie, Batmobile: The Movie and Utility Belt: The Movie - coming next, next next and next next next summer. That in a nutshell is the zany humour to expect from Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.
As mad as a box of frogs and as colourful as a unicorn sneezing skittles - the often fourth wall breaking, remarkably well written Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is near impossible not to love. Completely juxtaposing Hotel Transylvania 3 - it's so jam-packed with references that adults as well as kids alike with have a Batman sized blast. Furthermore it makes a remarkable observation about superhero movies whilst being a superhero movie itself. The teenage team spend the whole film feeling inferior to the Justice League but ironically Teen Titans Go! To The Movies easily tops the seniors' film.
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