Rating: A very high B-!
Summary: The GO! Incarnation of the Teen Titans head to the big screen in a bigger budget meta-comedy romp! Meanwhile, fans of the 00s show bitterly shake their fists!
Ok, I will admit it. When I first heard that the Teen Titans was going to be rebooted into a 15-minute comedy show for kids 5-11 I shared in the typical fanboy river of tears over change. Why oh why did they destroy a goods kids show that appealed to me and remake it into. . . a kids’ show that didn’t appeal to me! It truly felt like an injustice that needed to be corrected. That is until I grew out of my blind fanboyism into a rational FANMAN. I have seen a few episodes and Teen Titans Go isn’t for me, and that’s okay.
Now imagine my surprise when reviews started pouring in. It debuted on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% score! The movie version of a show known for elementary level MEME humor and fart jokes debuted with a higher score than Dawn of Justice! AND THAT MOVIE IS SUPPOSEDLY MADE FOR ADULTS! The hype spoke of smart self-aware humor and a somewhat heartwarming tale! Certainly, I had decided to partake in a matinee.
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a very good film for kids, and I do mean for kids. As someone whose only acquainted to the GO! series, the movie is a perfect big budget version of the said show. The animation was really well done and they even change the animation style up a few times throughout. The bigger budget really does show up on screen. I enjoyed a majority of the humor and easter eggs on display. They could have easily just filled the movie with an hour and a half of fart jokes, but I can see that effort was put into writing a movie that parents can laugh at too. Of course, as a DC comics fan, I loved the deep cut references, casting choices, and the visual gags. I especially love how it wasn’t afraid to be self-deprecating and to take shots at that OTHER big comic book publisher (wink wink). The only real downside is the musical numbers. The songs are catchy enough, but nothing to write home about. However, at the very least they pair the numbers with some fun visuals or an insanely funny gag to punctuate the scene. I was never much of a fan of the series, but I was exceptionally entertained by the movie. It’s well animated and the writing is downright gut-busting at times.
All that being said, this is definitely not a 100% movie. I would personally give it a high 75, with the caveat that I am reviewing on a scale of kids movies. Personally, as entertaining as the movie was, it feels very derivative. I wouldn’t necessarily blame the movie for this, but it doesn’t help that a superior and more thoughtful version of this movie already exists in The Lego Batman Movie. I’m sure that the kids seeing this for the first time are blown away by their first foray into the world of meta humor. For me, I liked it well enough, but I will probably only watch certain scenes (the infamous Crime Alley scene is quite possibly the darkest joke ever in a kids’ film and I love it).
If I had to sum up my feelings, it’s a very fun distraction. The animation is well done, the colors are vibrant, and most of the gags got a sincere chuckle out of me. I had my fun with the movie, but I don’t think I will go out of my way to see it again. If you are a DC fan and have an hour and a half to kill, it might be worth checking out. For everyone else, there are worse films you could put on for your kids. At least this one is really funny.
Also, stick around for the end credits. . . .Trust me.