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Review: ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ is a Fun-Filled Adventure with Something for Everybody

July 27, 2018Britany Murphy

Many of us are familiar with the DC Comics superhero team, the Teen Titans. Well now the most recent iteration of the the group's small screen adventures, Teen Titans Go!, has its very own film — something that the leader of the Teen Titans, Robin, has been wanting for some time, as he believes it's the one thing the team is missing to solidify their status as true heroes.

All throughout the world, people are enjoying superhero movies, and it is something that does not go unnoticed by the Boy Wonder, Robin (Scott Menville). He and his teammates, Raven (Tara Strong), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Starfire (Hynden Walch) and Cyborg (Khary Payton), must navigate life as both teenagers and superheroes — superheroes that are undermined at every turn. The Teen Titans are somewhat of a laughing stock within the superhero community and are never taken seriously due to their antics and lack of an arch-nemesis. Robin wants nothing more than to be on the same level as Batman (Jimmy Kimmel), Superman (Nicolas Cage), Green Lantern (Lil Yachty) and Wonder Woman (Halsey), and feels the only way to get there is for the gang to star in their own film.

After the Teen Titans take on Balloon Man (Greg Davies) and are ultimately upstaged — and schooled — by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, they take matters into their own hands. The quintet heads to the premiere of Batman's latest movie and when they are denied entry into the theater, Raven creates one of her portals, which lands them right in the middle of the screening room. Superhero film director extraordinaire, Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell), then arrives on stage and says that she wants to make superhero movies about all heroes, including the lesser-known ones, leading Robin to believe that he will finally have the opportunity to step out of the shadow of being the sidekick.

But unfortunately, Robin's jumped the gun, and with hopes of a movie cruelly dashed, the Titans turn their attention to the next best thing — getting an arch-nemesis. This comes in the form of Slade (Will Arnett), who, in true comic book and arch-nemesis fashion, evades the Teen Titans, forcing the team to try to recapture their newfound menace all over again. Suddenly, with Slade threatening the city, the Titans find fame abruptly thrust upon them. However, they soon discover that fame is not all it's cracked up to be, as they face a test of their friendship unlike anything that they ever have had to deal with before.

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, Teen Titans! Go to the Movies is a lot of fun, and not only for kids. Adults will definitely appreciate the hilarious cameos and references to the more notable superheroes, and it doesn't hurt that the songs in the film are really catchy too, with even a very popular '80s tune that is likely to get parents dancing in their seats (or possibly even singing along). Still, the best part about the movie is that it doesn't solely rely on said cameos, jokes or music choices. Rather, the film's most important and exceptional attribute is that it actually has a poignant message hidden beneath all of its fun.

Not only does Teen Titans! Go to the Movies address the importance of friendship and surrounding yourself with friends, it also delves into the true meaning of being a superhero, which is that you don't need to have a movie or be incredibly popular. Instead, what you need to be is yourself, and be willing to set aside the idea of fame and help others — not because you want to have hundreds of fans, but because it's the right thing to do.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies releases July 27th, 2018 from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film has an MPAA rating of PG for action and rude humor. Its runtime is 1 hr. 33 min.

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