‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ Review: DC’s Animated Movie Is Truly Super

The Playlist | 7/20/2018 | Drew Taylor
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It’s no secret that this year’s cinematic landscape has been littered with superhero movies. Between “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Incredibles 2,” we’ve about reached the breaking point when it comes to costumed heroes. It’s into this overstuffed marketplace that “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” flies head straight into. Based on an inventive, minimally animated cartoon series (the first film since “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” to be based on an animated WB series), it arrives with little of the fanfare that most of this year’s truly massive superhero movies came bundled with, instead sneaking into the fray with little more than its charm, wit, and winning design work. It’s this stealthy aspect that makes it even more of a surprise. Hidden within this unsuspecting package is the wiliest, subversive superhero movie of the year (sorry, “Deadpool 2“).

If you’ve seen the series, you know what you’re going to get. The Teen Titans is a super-group based around younger characters, made up of boy wonder Robin (Scott Menville), transformative Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), robotic Cyborg (Khary Payton), mystical Raven (Tara Strong) and otherworldly Starfire (Hynden Walch). Early in the film, their hijinks result in Balloon Man (James Corden) getting away, with the more serious superheroes (led by Nicolas Cage as Superman!) telling them that they aren’t true heroes – especially since none of them have their own movies. After sneaking into a premiere, they’re dismayed to learn that virtually every other character, including the Batmobile, has their own movie.

Titans - Robin - Immortality - Jade - Wilson

The Titans, led by a very insecure Robin, set about to prove themselves worthy of cinematic immortality, mostly by kissing up to Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell), the filmmaker responsible for all of the superhero movies, all the while contending with their very own super-villainous foe...
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