The Emoji Movie Review
The Emoji Movie is an animated film based on the emoji symbols and stars the voices of T. J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Sean Hayes and Patrick Stewart.
The Story/The Direction/The Characters:
Gene (Miller) is a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a teenager's phone in Textopolis. He wants to be best "meh" out there but when he messed up during his use, he is hunted to be deleted. To prevent deletion, he joins High Five (Cordon) and Jailbreak to go to the cloud to be reprogrammed to become a normal meh emoji like his parents.
Oh where to begin? The perhaps the biggest flaw was that this movie was made. Going into this, I wasn't expecting much thinking something along the lines of "Maybe this isn't Pixar but it's for kids and they'll enjoy it." Nope. There were very few laughs at my viewing. If their minds can't laugh at this movie, then it's really bad. This movie represents a film version of "click bait," combined with sponsored content that somehow when put together you get a feature film.
Leondis was apparently inspired by Toy Story when he made this film and to be honest its really hard to believe that. This film takes the idea of that and combines it with a phone version of Inside Out. The reason why those films work is because they are relatable to either our childhood or feelings we have all had. This film is about things we send instead of actually typing words on devices that most of us use while we are on the toilet. The overall story is not one that we haven't seen before. It's a self discovery story but in a new universe but due to all the obvious sponsor plugs, you end up not caring at all about the plot. He tries to give character to these items that are honestly less human than what they represent. The main character is trying to be "meh," how are you supposed to care about something who just wants to be only that? Yes, he finds out that it's best to be who you are but that's after about an hour of wanting to be "meh." There is even a nod to feminism with Jailbreak (Farris), a woman hacker emoji, going against her initial programing but it falls short.
They even try to make this movie more realistic by showing whose phone these emjois live in is. It's this teenager who wants to text a girl how much he likes her. He doesn't know what to say but he got her phone number? To me, getting the number was always the hard part not the discussion through text. You already had to talk to her to get her number. Any nervousness should have been gone by now but nope it's not. This was as boring as whenever Gene's parents were on screen who were having a marriage crisis. This couple were "meh" parents who talked in "meh" voices. It was awkward and boring.
I left the theatre wishing I hadn't been curious and paid money for this film. The only thing that was close to being enjoyable was Stewart as the Poop emoji. I only say this because it was humoring to me visualising him in the studio saying these lines and saying "I'm not paid enough for this s***..." is the type of lines though that he actually had to say in this film which is sad. It was also fantastic when the film was over and I didn't have to suffer anymore. Don't wait to watch it at all unless you want yourself and your child to be dumber in the process.
Rating: 0.5/5.0 bowties
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