Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – Review

I will admit than when my kids first started watching Teen Titans Go! that I cringed. The New Teen Titans was one of the first superhero comics that I collected and I really enjoyed it. Teen Titans Go! seemed to be a mockery of a beloved comic series.

However, after being in the same room as my youngest daughter binge watched Teen Titans Go! I grudgingly began to appreciated the show. I realized that there was some intelligence behind the episodes and that it was full of thoughtful satire. This brings us to their big screen appearance in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

Teen Titans Go

My daughter was super excited to see the movie but I was skeptical. Their short episodes were fine but a full-length movie? I was not sure.

I will begin by saying that this movie is not life-changing, nor will it affect the culture the way Wonder Woman and Black Panther did. But it was a fun movie and I laughed out loud numerous times. My children absolutely loved it. My one daughter said that after seeing this movie, “Good bye Black Panther as my favourite movie.”

Yes there was some childish humour and some fart jokes but there was more to the movie. It was really a running commentary on the state of superhero movies. There were numerous jabs made at both DC and Marvel movies. I loved it when they called Slade (Deathstroke) Deadpool, since Deadpool was a Marvel knock off of Deathstroke.

Minor Spoiler Alert

One of the funniest parts was a cameo by Stan Lee, who at first didn’t realize that this was a DC movie and not a Marvel movie. It ended up being one of the funniest Stan Lee cameos in any movie.

As a long time comic reader, I enjoyed the running gang about the Challengers of the Unknown, a team that I was familiar with. Then there was Nicholas Cage’s long awaited portrayal of Superman. Many people will not be aware that Cage once almost played Superman in a live action movie.

There were so many references to a wide variety of movies and comics that I could never comment on all of them. For someone like me, it was a good fun time of catching the connections. As a superhero movie, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies definitely wasn’t steak but it was a nice sweet dessert.


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Teen Titans Go!

Although my son likes superheroes in general and one of my daughters likes certain superhero movies, my youngest is not interest at all. Except for Teen Titans Go!

I need to make a confession. When I first saw Teen Titans Go, I hated it. I used to collect the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans. Since the Teen Titans Go lineup is similar to the NTT, the differences are huge. Teen Titans Go seemed like a mockery of classic comics.

My kids binge watch Teen Titans Go. At the beginning it drove me crazy. But over time, it actually has grown on me.

It is kind of fun how they pick a variety of characters from the DC Universe and give them a twist. But they include so much more of that. There are tons of cultural references, many of which only parents would get.

The stories are actually well written. I would describe Teen Titans Go as the Simpsons of the superhero world. It is satire that can be extremely entertaining for adults and kids.

So the bottom line is that I’ve been corrupted. Young Justice they are not, but fun TV it is.

Teen Titans Go

 


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