This summer, watch the adrenaline-fueled action-packed adventure everyone’s talking about… filled with intense fights, death-defying stunts, cheeky comedic moments, and an easily recognizable score… as a hodgepodge team of highly skilled so-called “heroes” go on an impossible mission to stop a madman with delusions of grandeur before they can activate their doomsday device to take over the world. I’m talking, of course, about Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
After failing to save the city from oversized super villain Balloon Man (Greg Davies), the Teen Titans – Robin (Scott Menville), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Raven (Tara Strong) and Starfire (Hynden Walch) – are humiliated by their saviors, the Justice League – including Superman (Nicholas Cage), Batman (Jimmy Kimmel), and Wonder Woman (Halsey). The Teen Titans sneak into the hero-studded premiere of Batman’s new movie, where Robin gets the idea they should go to Warner Brothers to talk to Hollywood mogul Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) and convince her to make a movie about him. She refuses, saying the Teen Titans aren’t real heroes as they don’t even have an arch-nemesis.
The teen crime fighters concoct an elaborate scheme to make themselves the only heroes by stopping the tragedies that created the Justice League members. When that plan goes sideways, they come up with plan B) get new villain mastermind Slade (Will Arnett) to be their nemesis. Along the way, the teens have ups and downs leading them on the path to both hero status and Hollywood stardom.
I don’t care how old you are, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is a fun time for everyone! It’s got a relatable story about jealousy, friendship, and striving to live up to your potential and expectations. There’s plenty of pop culture references and knocks against the state of the film industry in terms of their recent obsession with superhero movies and reboots. There are cameos (both voice actors and comic book characters) galore, whetting the appetite of fanboys everywhere. There’s also plenty of butt, fart, and poop jokes. Because nobody’s too mature for a good poop joke.
The voice acting is on point here, with the usual cast of the tv series Teen Titans Go! reprising their roles here, and a slew of Hollywood elite taking over for the more well-known superheroes. Those in the know will be pleased that Nicholas Cage finally gets to play Superman, and even his son Kal-El Cage gets a cameo voice appearance! And even though it’s the wrong cinematic universe entirely, Deadpool gets plenty of mentions and Stan Lee makes one of his famous cameos!
Granted, there are a few corny parts that aren’t funny to anyone, but that’s to be expected from a movie that’s not just a kids movie but essentially an extended standalone episode of a children’s TV series. But there’s plenty of laughs for kids and adults alike. Not to mention the barrage of fandom that’s displayed here including an after-credits scene that will make fans of the pre-Go! Teen Titans series squeal with teased delight! There’s also a pretty good short film at the start of this movie, an all-female superhero short focused primarily on Batgirl.
Overall, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is an enjoyable time at the movies. I’m glad I opted to see this instead of the packed Mission Impossible movie. This movie was far more creative than the spy action flick could possibly be.