Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans

5 out of 5

Directed by: Jeff Mednikow

I’d say I laughed out loud more at Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans than I have at any recent show or movie from the last couple of years.  That doesn’t have to mean anything to you, but let’s suppose you’re a TTG! fan who tends to laugh out loud at some of the show’s antics: this pairing off of current vs. previous iterations of the Teens does the series’ smartest and silliest bits proud, while also justifying “movie” stature moreso than, to me, Go! To the Movies did.

Is it perfect?  I debated going between four or five stars on this, because, no, it doesn’t blow my mind contentwise, but at the same time, its rewatchability is through the roof, and I sincerely can’t think of a single thing I’d change… so without any criticisms to make, how can I justify docking it?  Who would ever trust me as a reviewer again, should I commit such a shallow ranking?  I’d be outcast from my community of isolated, never-speaking-to-each-other-or-aware-of-other’s-existence online typists.

That content finds a perfectly plausible, comic / cartoon reason to bring two multiverses of Titans together, but – in keeping with five out of five – I’d say it goes a step further and makes it something with actual relevance to the characters and Titans’ universe; in other words, it’s not just “the worlds are tearing apart and villains are evil!” crossover, but rather comes about due to Raven and her dad, Trigon, having their usual disagreement over use of her powers stemming into a Trigon-devised plot with dimension-shattering whirlagogs used to concoct a scenario in which he’ll get exactly what he wants.  This, in turn, gives a novel setup for the inevitable Go! vs. the classics fight, and also provides actual character arcs in which each member’s personality traits are interestingly juxtaposed by their reflections, sometimes leading to jealousy (Robin) or a lot of funny transformations (Beast Boy, of course, but also Cyborg), or hilarious conversations (Starfire and Raven).

While there are one or two moments of this that ask for awareness of Titans history, most of it is fully functional as a standalone experience with goofy, occasionally whipsmart humor, meaning you could sit down with the random person you’re forcing the movie on and they could potentially have a great time.  But best of all is that none of the flick – the setup, the fights, the songs – felt like padding, even the joke about having a song for runtime padding.  To the Movies – and even some episodes – did this, with the latter trying to hard to “prove” itself as a feature length at spots, and the latter, over five (so far) great seasons, unavoidably having some episodes that are a bit more filler-feeling with their jokes or focus.  But vs. earns all of its 77 minutes, with its two main action sequences also justifying the extended runtime – needed for a proper buildup and sense of stakes – as well as the “big screen” potential in terms of scope.

A grand ol’ time, even up through the credits.