Movie Review - Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
Otherwise, this movie is a PG, children's version of Deadpool (2016) in that it's basically a meta-spoof of super-hero movies, or in this case, a meta-spoof of the making of super-hero movies. Whereas Deadpool 2 had Celine Dion, this movie has Michael Bolton. Whereas Deadpool 2 had Brad Pitt, this movie has Shia LaBeouf. The central gag is that there is a super-saturation of those kinds of films and if super-heroes were real, they would narcissistically and vaingloriously want all kinds of movies made about them, as well as want to star in those movies themselves. This central gag makes no sense in that it undermines the reality of those super-heroes having secret identities, as well as any kind of humility. Suspending your disbelief, you can enjoy how Jelenic and Horvath stretch out that central gag in yet another plot that could be compared to an infinite number of films from Kick-Ass (2010) to the recent Incredibles 2 with just as many 80's references as Ready Player One.
There has been a conversation that has been going on for decades. It flares up every now and then among specific groups but it's part of a greater conversation about media representation. First, it was a conversation surrounding African-American representation in cinema. Then, it was a conversation about women being represented in cinema. Then, it was Asian-American representation. Now, it's about LGBTQ representation, especially transgendered representation. Scarlett Johansson has been smack dab in the middle of headlines regarding both Asian and trans representations, and at the core of it all is the idea that minorities or oppressed people do need representation of themselves on the big screen. Because the media is so powerful and cinema is still very much influential, there is a kind of validation to it.
By the end, instead of embracing more mature behavior, the solution reinforces that Robin and his team should just remain being foolish. Given that this is a children's film or a film aimed at little kids, that kind of behavior perhaps should be embraced. It could also be seen as yet another children's film with the undercurrent of just-be-yourself and children should just be children but that's so many children's films. This one doesn't stand out in that regard.
The short film that preceded this movie, The Late Batsby, was excellent though.
Rated PG for action and rude humor.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 33 mins.