This weekend at the movies, we’ve got Tom Cruise risking life and limb to entertain us (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, co-starring Henry Cavill) and a junior squad of DC heroes heading off to the cineplex (Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, featuring the voices of Scott Menville and Tara Strong). What are the critics saying?
After underachieving with a couple of its early installments, the Mission: Impossible franchise has enjoyed a once unlikely-seeming rebirth in recent years, notching impressive critical and commercial victories with its fourth entry (2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and the follow-up (2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation). That hot streak is bound to cool at some point, but for now, it looks like this espionage party is just getting started: the sixth chapter, this weekend’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, currently boasts the best Tomatometer in the series. As with previous M:I films, the plot is too dense and/or incomprehensible to summarize in this space, but that’s no obstacle for enjoyment; with Tom Cruise back as Ethan Hunt and a new assortment of death-defying set pieces at the ready, all that really matters is whether the movie holds up on the action front, and critics say the answer is a resounding “yes.” Whether you’ve been following the series all along, are a more recent convert, or are just in the mood to watch a veteran action hero lead another charge against the forces of evil, Mission: Impossible – Fallout looks like the rare summer blockbuster that understands exactly what’s expected of it — and delivers in spades.
For more than 200 episodes and counting, Teen Titans Go! has proven a consistently beloved fixture on the Cartoon Network schedule, offering a fittingly juvenile corner of the DC universe whose light humor and color-saturated aesthetic serve as a refreshing change of pace among all the brooding and grit in many of the publisher’s other adaptations. Given that each Titans episode runs just a shade over 10 minutes, there was at least a little cause for concern that a feature-length adaptation would lose the show’s fizzy spark, but that’s decidedly not the case: critics say Teen Titans Go! To the Movies brings these youthful heroes to the big screen with all their trademark appeal intact. Framed with a meta storyline that sees the team heading to Hollywood in order to take advantage of the superhero movie boom, this animated outing packs plenty of the knowing, fast-paced humor that’s made the series a favorite — along with some surprisingly smart commentary on the state of comics-derived cinema in general. For kids of all ages — and anyone who declines the invitation to accept Ethan Hunt’s latest impossible mission — this looks like a great reason to Go! To the Movies.
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