I guess this technically doesn’t count as a ‘finally’ watched it since this isn’t an old movie I should have watched but it is something that I’ve been waiting to get my hot little hands on and it’s my blog, so there!
In this movie, Robin (Damien) is sent to train with the Teen Titans and while he’s gone, Raven’s father Trigon sends demons to possess the Justice League. Before they can take down Trigon, the Teen Titans have to take down some of the greatest heroes in the world.
I seriously believe this movie was made to give Teen Titans a chance to shine where Teen Titans Go is such a massive fail. The animation is fantastic, the voice acting is on point and all the characters are interesting and fun to watch. Seeing the Titans at different ages – including an adult Starfire – was an experience. It was like finishing the Teen Titans show then coming back to see how they’ve grown since then and starring in this new adventure. The story is cool and you can tell the people that made this meant to make a good movie and not just fart out another straight to DVD release to make a quick buck. I could see myself watching this multiple times and this finally cleansed my brain after that Monster Mayhem crap. More movies like this please!
I’ve been trying to make sure I watch all or most of these direct to DVD DC movies but I’d avoided this one for a long time. My kid convinced me to borrow a copy and I see my instincts were correct to steer clear of it.
The Joker has a computer virus and it shuts down the city. Batman and company have to go save things and I just never got invested. Everything about this just grated on me. The setting is like a funhouse mirror version of the Batman Beyond universe, the puns are cringe worthy, the jokes are horrible, and even for a kid’s movie, this felt pandering and tiresome. I laughed once and that was when Joker kissed Solomon Grundy (ehrmahgerd, spoilers) and that was more out of ridiculousness than humor. The only other time I laughed was at the end when I asked if my kid liked it and… This is an actual quote: “It made me feel like this >does Running Man< It was action packed.”
That assessment is technically correct. A lot of stuff happens. That’s the best impression I can give you. The voice acting is ok, the animation style my annoy my eyes but it was cleanly done. I just couldn’t get into this one as much as I could Public Enemies or Crisis On Two Earths. Monster Mayhem made me long for the days of Batman: The Animated Series. I wanted to go back and watch Joker Fish so bad…
Anyways, I did it and now I don’t have to do it anymore! Yay! I’m sure there are other DC movies I haven’t seen and I’ll work on digging them up. Another movie will be up next Friday!