TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES Review: Winston Says It’s “Better Than Any Live-Action DC Film So Far”

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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies Review

by 10-year-old Winston Ordoña

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies ReviewTeen Titans Go! to the Movies is a hilarious animated film that springs from the hit Cartoon Network show, Teen Titans Go!. The show is about the more kid-friendly version of the comic-book team led by Batman’s sidekick, Robin. If you haven’t seen the show, don’t worry—the characters’ powers are explained in an insanely funny rap called “Who We Is.” Also, the film is a complete opposite to the unnecessarily dark and dour DC live-action films.

In Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Robin (voiced by Scott Menville) thinks having a movie made about you makes you a true superhero. So, his friends, Starfire (Hynden Walch), Cyborg (Khary Payton from the TV’s The Walking Dead), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) and Raven (Tara Strong) get him to ask famous director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to make a movie about him. Meanwhile, villainous Slade (Will Arnett) steals a powerful crystal that gives him nearly limitless power.

This film feels like a larger episode of the show. It’s filled with in-jokes, like making fun of the entire DC universe. They make fun of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, calling it “Yawn of Justice.” There is a running gag about the obscure comic-book characters The Challengers of the Unknown. For years, comic-book fans have pointed out similarities between Slade and Marvel’s Deadpool, and ‘Jade Wilson’ is suspiciously close to Deadpool’s secret identity, ‘Wade Wilson.’ There’s even a cameo by Stan Lee, the symbol of DC’s arch-nemesis, Marvel. The film also takes shots at “The Lion King,” ‘80s movie music, and Shia LeBeouf.

One drawback is that it focuses more on Robin than on the rest of the group. Also, I thought that Raven should have been featured more. She is a more interesting character because she comes across as a sullen teen and Robin comes across as a whining brat.

I think Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is better than any live-action DC film so far.

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TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES Review: Winston Says It’s “Better Than Any Live-Action DC Film So Far”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ReviewWinston Ordoña is a soon-to-be-fifth grader, Official LAPL Comic Book Expert, Level 40 Pokémon trainer, and dyed-in-the-wool cinephile. His favorite filmmakers include Alfred Hitchcock, James Mangold, and the Russo Brothers.

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Winston Ordoña

Winston Ordoña

Winston Ordoña is a fifth grader, Official LAPL Comic Book Expert, Level 40 Pokémon trainer, and dyed-in-the-wool cinephile. His favorite filmmakers include Alfred Hitchcock, James Mangold, and the Russo Brothers.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Tom Lyden on July 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    What a great review, Winston! And you are so right about the live action DC movies; unnecessarily dark. It sounds like this movie is pretty funny: “Yawn of Justice,” that’s a good line.
    Raven has always been a great character and is certainly due her fair share of screen time. While we’re at it, where’s Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Speedy (Arsenal) and Aqualad. I really like the ‘old school’ line-up.
    Hope you are having a great summer. Say hello to Betty!
    Tom Lyden

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