Teen Titans GO! To the Movies review - a fun superhero flick that isn't just for the kids
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Verdict: a bright, family-friendly superhero movie that mocks the genre in a childish and strangely elegant way. It’s become a staple of kid’s movies to involve some multi-level jokes that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike, and Teen Titans GO! To the Movies has them in droves. It’s a strange mix of childish humour – fart jokes and all! – paired with a satirical look at the sudden popularity of superhero films in Hollywood. It mocks what is needed to make a superhero movie, what kind of superheroes get chosen, as well as poking fun at some of the more recent superhero movies – including the infamous Martha scene from Batman vs. Superman (2016)! However, this is a film for superhero and comic book fans too. A point is made in the movie to showcase obscure superheroes that, whilst a younger audience may not be aware of them, an old school fan surely would be. There are lots of moments where aspects from the comics – storylines and arcs, or the more questionable heroes that have graced the wider superhero universe – are teased and played with, alongside some great pop culture references of old nerdy classics. The story itself is focused around superhero movies in a world of superheroes, drawing lots of comparisons from both DC and Marvel movies. It's an interesting storyline - although the plot twist is something that becomes obvious long before the reveal, that's somewhat to be expected in a film that is relying on familiarity and a certain amount of simplicity to keep children engaged and comfortable. There are, however, moments where the story felt as if it were stopping and starting as the film tried to cram a ton of different arcs and developments into one short timeframe.
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