Teen Titans Go! To the Movies continues the deconstruction trend of superhero movies — only this time with a target set on the younger audience.
Directors: Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail
Summary: A villain's maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.
To say that Teen Titans Go! is divisive would be an understatement. The best part about it is how self-aware everyone involved is about how much a good portion of the fanbase hates them. That doesn't mean that the show is bad — it's just very different from the show that fans watched as young adults. The fact that the team at Teen Titans Go! seems to revel in that makes it all the funnier. The question of whether that humor could sustain a full movie has been the main question for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. It turns out it definitely can, with the help of a little reworking when it comes to structure.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is essentially a movie with one story, but it's more like a bunch of sketches sewn together with a very basic plot. This is probably the right way to go about things considering how young a demographic this movie is shooting for. It changes things up enough that it appeals to the young attention span, but the through line is strong enough that it'll keep the adults entertained as well. It's "baby's first film deconstruction", which is hilarious because that shouldn't work. However, there is an entire generation who have literally grown up in the golden age of superhero movies. It's never too young to learn what deconstruction is.
The comedy isn't just all fart jokes, though. There are a couple of jokes that go right up to the line when it comes to being too dark for a kids' movie, but it's done in a way that will go over the heads of the kids but not over the parents'. The background goes all the way when it comes to deep cuts in DC superhero lore, and it, of course, has moments of figuring out that you shouldn't abandon your friends and a little lesson for us all to learn. To get into any more of the jokes would be spoiling things, and we're not going there.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies isn't going to change your life or the superhero genre, but it is a ton of fun with plenty of laughs. It does aim very young when it comes to its demographic, but adults who are fans of superheroes should find plenty to enjoy too.