Teen Titans GO to The Movies

Teen Titans Go to The Movies, is an animated superhero film by DC and Warner Brothers; based on the kid’s tv series of the same name. Teen Titans is a blast from start to finish; it is entertaining and incredibly engaging, with it also having many surprisingly good musical numbers. Said musical numbers were all very well used and more importantly memorable; even after the credits roll. The characters were all effortlessly charming, especially Raven, (voiced by Tara Strong), who always put a smile on my face, with her near constant use of sarcasm. However, there was one character who I thought was grating, Starfire, (voiced by Hynden Walch). The reason for this annoyance was the way the character speaks saying things like, “friend Robin”, all too often; with that part of her character being played up. The plot of the film revolves around the team as they try and get Robin, (voiced by Scott Menville), a superhero film of his own. In many ways, this meta-ness coupled with comments throughout the film, on the superhero genre, is what a lot of people were expecting, but crucially didn’t get, from Pixar’s Incredibles 2. To further comment on the plot, in an era where everything is part of a larger shared universe, the self-contained, throwaway nature of Teen Titans Go to The Movies, really helped the film to feel fresh. Conversely, the film’s humour, which is very juvenile is not to everyone’s taste; said humour may make adult audiences feel out of place. Finally, Teen Titans is a treasure trove of references to DC Comics lore, which if you are a comic fan, like me, will put a smile on your face. Overall this is a fun, light-hearted and enjoyable superhero movie, definitely more of a kid’s film than one aimed at adults, but great all the same. Plus, it has one of the best, most adorable shorts ever before it.

3.5/5

Reviewed by Luke

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Spoiler Warning.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The plot focuses on the efforts of Hank Pym, (Michael Douglas), and his daughter Hope, (Evangeline Lilly), as they try and bring back Hope’s mother Janet, (Michelle Pfeiffer), from the Quantum Realm. This film is a terrific sequel to the previous Ant-Man; as it deepens our connections to the characters. This is especially true of Hank, as he is given far more to do, even getting a hero moment all of his own. To this end, they introduce Bill Foster, (Lawrence Fishbourne). Foster is someone who has a history with Hank. For the little Fishbourne is used, he makes an impact and his relationship with Ava/Ghost, (Hannah John-Kamen), is one I hope gets explored in future instalments. Moreover, Ghost is the villain of the film, but she is not a generically evil character: she is instead a tortured soul looking for release. To continue on the note of villains, Walton Goggins plays Sunny Burch; who is the films, secondary antagonist. Burch is used as a standard evil villain, but he is also, however, an incredibly weak character. My greatest complaint about this film the character work is it’s incredibly uneven, some secondary characters like Michael Pena’s Luis are expanded whilst other secondary characters are criminally underused. However, there are two positives that offset this. Firstly, Lilly’s character of Hope is expanded wonderfully, with her being by far the standout character of the film. The second thing is that the plot hones in on the father-daughter relationship between Scott and Cassie; making for some incredibly sweet moments. Overall, this film is a step up from its predecessor in every way, being a sweet, funny self-contained bit of Marvel excellence.

4/5

Reviewed by Luke