I had high expectations for “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.” Although the DC Universe has not had a great track record with recent releases, they have squeezed out a few surprises. The “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Wonder Woman” and the critically panned but very enjoyable “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” are among the best.
Regardless, the audience of tikes and teens who make up the fan base for the animated series has been an awful branding stamp for the DC universe. These kids, like the Teen Titans and Batman’s sidekick Robin, are not enjoyable or engaging because the humor is not fully realized. A major portion of the “Teen Titans Go!” storyline deals with characters who just want something.
It was like watching the mess that was “Boss Baby” a couple of years ago. I was not sure of the intended audience. The film is not a biting satire, rather an audience pleaser for people who like poo-poo jokes.
What surprised me the most was that Robin got a solo spin-off movie. The film made fun of marketing and franchising, but even then Alfred and even the utility belt got their own stand-alone projects.
The Teen Titans mode of transportation is just some supped-up Big Wheels, a plastic children’s tricycle that has been around since the 1970s. I should know. I had one as a tike.
“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” also deals with a character who is like “Deadpool,” but here he is just referred to as Slade. Will Arnett delivered the voice of the villain. The writers even make a reference to the crass Marvel character by asking, “Are you going to say something inappropriate?”
Arnett also portrayed the voice of Batman in “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017) which had smart humor and bite to it. The writing in the “Teen Titans Go” tale is sub-par and insulting to the audience. I would classify this as the lowest common denominator in the writing and execution of screenplays.
In one scene, some of the members go on stage to a set. They each separately go to the bathroom and realize that it is not a working lavatory. This was not the least bit funny. I just want to enjoy the antics of everyone involved in the film. Even Marvel Comics veteran Stan Lee made a (voice-over) cameo appearance.
The audience chuckled, but I didn’t. As an adult, the teen antics that appeared on screen were just plain annoying.