Very pleasantly surprised by this one
I thought the show was fine as its own thing at first, but after a while, its quality dropped quite a bit mostly after the creators started devoting entire episodes to insulting their critics. Because of this, I was at odds with myself about whether or not this would be worth seeing, at least in theaters anyway.
Well, I made a bet with myself that I would see this film but only if it got at least 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yeah, that is setting my goal a little low, but with now biased critics generally are against this series, I didn't think it would happen. And yet as of the time I'm writing this, it has a 90% certified fresh rating. With this in mind, not only did I decide to go see it, but I wasn't dreading it. I didn't get my hopes too high, mind you, since The Star and Ferdinand both got good scores and I found both to be just okay.
Well, I am very pleased and shocked to say that not only is Teen Titans Go to the Movies good, it's REALLY good. That felt odd typing that out, so I'll type it again. The Teen Titans Go Movie is REALLY, REALLY GOOD! In fact, I'd even go so far as to say it's almost on the level of the theatrical lego films.
I feel a big part of the reason it works as well as it does is because it doesn't just feel like a TTG film but also works as a clever, witty satirical jab at Hollywood and how they treat various superhero properties. Sure, you still get the self-deprecation humor the show is known for, which for the most part is actually really good, but it's not the only focus. There are a ton of jokes that feel like they were written for adults, including this one scene with Bruce Wayne's parents that, well, let's just say I can't believe they went there. Even the tasteless jokes, in which there are thankfully few, are acknowledged as tasteless. Also, the ending gag is so accurate to how audiences generally think, it's brilliant.
Though the main reason I put this close to the level of the lego movies is that there is a surprising sense of heart to it. And more so, the heartfelt moments feel genuine, like, they're not forced in there like whenever the show tries to pull that sort of thing. Like the lego films, who would have ever expected that?
Also, much like the show, there are musical numbers. In fact, the film just barely manages to have enough that I can honestly call it a musical. And I know what any detractors who didn't see this film are thinking, and no, there is only one song, specifically 'Shenanigans', that feels like what you typically get from the show. (You know, obnoxiously repeating the song's title over and over again with barely any other lyrics if any) Every other song actually has effort put into the lyrics, and for the most part, they're really good. Even the opening rap number, which I'm pretty sure was intentionally bad, strangely works in its own right, especially when the villain they're singing it to gets so annoyed by it that he just ignores the titans and resumes destroying the town. Though easily the major standout is 'My Superhero Movie', which is not only really catchy but has by far the most clever lyrics, which perfectly encapsulate what typically sells superhero films.
Prior to the film's release, I joked a bit about how the creators might just go out of their way to make it good just so the critics would eat their words. Not sure if that was the intention, but, hey, we got a good film out of it that's actually worth seeing.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness