Directed by: Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath – Starring the voices of: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell
You may not be familiar with Teen Titans, but chances are your LOs are. The popular animated series features characters from the DC comic series. In a nutshell, a group of teen superheroes live together and work to protect Jump City. Other heroes from the wider universe (Batman, Wonder Woman etc.) do make an appearance on the TV show, and the movie is no exception.
The basic plot sees the Titans being ridiculed by other heroes, because they don’t have their own movie. They realise that in order to be offered a movie, they will need a nemesis like all good heroes have, and they try to affiliate themselves with a bad guy.
Enter Slade, an evil genius, who is using the fact the other heroes are too busy attending their movie premieres to fight crime, in order to steal items he needs to make a mind-control device. Robin – leader of the Teen Titans, decides he would be the perfect nemesis. But, in a case of be careful what you wish for, when the time finally comes for Robin’s close-up, it’s not quite what he expected.
This is a lot of fun. Even if you aren’t familiar with the concept, the fact that you will recognise the characters means that you instantly engage with it. It is irreverent and funny, and incredibly fast-paced. In fact, if anything, they could do with slowing down the gag ratio, which is incredibly quick-fire. This is a superhero movie, but not as you know it.
There are some hilarious rap songs, and a lovely underlying message about the importance of friendship and teamwork (let’s face it, it wouldn’t be a kids movie without the serious message).
It is not quite as multi-layered as some children’s movies, so the gags aren’t necessarily aimed at an older audience (there are plenty of fart and poop jokes, which most parents probably get enough of at home) but it will definitely raise a giggle, especially a cameo appearance from Stan Lee, making fun of his now-infamous Marvel movie cameos (and yes folks, that is the real Stan Lee doing the voice).
With the summer holidays in full swing, this is an ideal way to keep the LOs occupied for a couple of hours, and it should entertain the grown-ups also. The children at the screening I attended were enthralled by it, and there was very little activity from them other than laughter from the minute it started. That’s exactly what you want from a movie like this. Something that will keep them engaged, and this does that in spades.
In Cinemas Now!
See trailer below: