The summer just keeps heating up as this weekend movie goers got a hefty dosage of great movies. Personally, I passed on Mission Impossible: Fallout, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Equalizer 2 for a movie closer to my heart: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. Being the age I am, Teen Titans was always one of my favorite cartoons, and even as an adult, I occasionally find myself watching Teen Titans Go. That being said, I didn’t expect a ton from this movie simply because feature films based on cartoon television shows typically don’t turn out great. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies does an exceptional job of bringing the comedy and action from the actual cartoon series to the big screen, without dragging the storyline, which was another big concern of mine. As you can tell from the trailers, the basic storyline of the movie is Robin wants his own movie because all real superheros have their own movie. So, he and the Titans, head to Hollywood to try to get their own movie, and must fight Slade, as well as their own differences to come together and save the world…and also get their own movie. Even though it seems kind of childish, the movie does a good job of keeping it entertaining for fans of all ages. One of the ways it does this is by including hundreds of references to other movies, including Marvel and DC movies. There’s a reference to a certain Disney movie that is close to my heart, that had the entire theater cracking up. That’s probably the film’s biggest pro is that it’s hilarious. Along with that were the numerous jokes about DC and Marvel movies, including a very funny “cameo”. I found the movie way funnier than Deadpool 2, and rated it as my second funniest movie of 2018, behind Game Night. The action in the movie was good, not great; but once again, it’s a cartoon, if I wanted straight action, I would’ve gone to see Mission Impossible: Fallout.
The cast of the movie did an exceptional job. As expected, the same people who do the voices for Robin (Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), and Raven (Tara Strong) reprised their roles for the movie. Joining them was Will Arnett as Slade, Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson, Nick Cage as Superman (which was awesome), Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, Halsey as Wonder Woman, and Lil Yachty as Green Lantern. Every scene that Superman was in was utterly hilarious, and the inclusion of the Justice League brought some very funny moments to the movie. It was also great to see Nicholas Cage finally get to play Superman.
Whenever I review a movie, I really do try to find some cons to the it; but for this one, I really couldn’t find anything wrong with it. It’s great for all ages, it has good humor, it has some action, the storyline is great, there’s just not anything to complain about. That’s why I’m giving this one an 8.5/10, and ranking it as the 7th best movie of the year behind Infinity War, Solo, Black Panther, Incredibles 2, Ant Man and The Wasp, and Ocean’s Eight. It’s just a good film that gives a good time at the theater, which is all I really want. Oh, and a post credits scene, which is INSANE! I’m not going to get into it, since this is spoiler free, but do not leave the theater until the lights come on!
A few of my favorite things include my pet dragon (Drogon), Game of Thrones, Disney movies and theme parks, the MCU, DC movies, Star Wars, sports, and my rather large Funko Pop collection. Daenerys Targaryen is my queen, Robert Downey Jr is my man crush, and Simba is my spirit animal.