The Emoji Movie Review: A Bad Movie with Too Much ????

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
Expert Contributor
August 2nd, 2017

Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

Review of: The Emoji Movie

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The Emoji Movie is the grandest attack on modern day animation in years, shamefully ripping off animated classics including Toy Story (1995) and Inside Out with total disregard for its audience. Instead, the film relies on terribly out dated comedy, and forced Sony product placement.

Review of: The Emoji Movie

Reviewed by:
Rating:

1
On August 2, 2017
Last modified:August 2, 2017

Summary:

The Emoji Movie is the grandest attack on modern day animation in years, shamefully ripping off animated classics including Toy Story (1995) and Inside Out with total disregard for its audience. Instead, the film relies on terribly out dated comedy, and forced Sony product placement.

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Film Review: The Emoji Movie

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, who has many. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone's very existence.

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Credit: Sony Pictures

I enjoyed talking along with my little cousins, about The LEGO Movie a film which taught them a solid life lesson: that adults can sometimes forget the magic and imagination that toys can bring out in them.

Recent releases like Inside Out (2015) and Zootopia (2016) were children’s movies that still conquered complex adult ideas like emotional maturity and race. Strong themes like those in these films are the main reasons animated Hollywood big wigs, are always trying to cash into the crowded animated arena: kids movies with complex messages can engage wide audiences leading to massive box office returns.

Sony Pictures Animation is the only Studio, clutching to the shameful notion that kids will watch anything with fart jokes. With the latest attempt The Emoji Movie, do they succeed in creating something more?

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Emoji

Credit: Sony Pictures

The Emoji Movie is a poo filled disgrace to cinema lovers, shamefully knocking off the competition with a disturbing plot and laughable attempts to provide back stories for lifeless emojis.

Celebrating the most terrible aspects of modern pop culture – primarily obsession with looks and technology –  this movie spits in the face of its audience who, were likely looking for nothing more than a fun summer adventure. People might claim that these films are made for younger audiences, but in this case, The Emoji Movie doesn’t even know who it’s aiming for.

The Emoji Movie’s story is an alignment with all the creative ideas in animated films through the last decade, with the emojis living in a make-believe city called Textopolis where they each have one emotion expect for the Gene who is supposed to be a ‘Meh’ face, but is capable of many other expressions. Borrowing elements from recent animated classics, the film forgets to do anything new with the copy and paste character motivations while it simultaneously allows an egregious number of poo jokes to waste time.

Tony Leondis (Igor) has some ideas but he never uses them to their full potential. It’s laughable that The Emoji Movie even tries to give backstories to its generic characters. Meaningless plot strokes are put in place to give the characters a reason to jump from one application to the other: with many familiar companies (Candy Crush, WeChat, Instagram, Spotify, and, bewilderingly in a kids movie, Dropbox) used as integral parts of the story. The Emoji Movie doesn’t have a coherent adventure in mind, it’s just a disconnected set of scenes that seem to exist only to sell products.

Hi-5 (James Corden) is an abandoned emoji, struggling to be relevant in the world full of smiling faces who forms the awkward bond with our main hero Gene. Miller, who plays Gene, does his best even though the script is frankly appalling.

Emoji

Credit: Sony Pictures

James Corden seems disinterested in the entire project, as his vocal performance does not have any uniqueness or weight coming across like a glorified pointless celebrity appearance only included to sell a few extra tickets.

Poo (Sir Patrick Stewart), who I guess got a solid pay-check to play the feces emoji, is proactively wasted with two seconds of screen time. The character does not add anything to the story but does allow the director to keep using stupid underwritten poo jokes. The casting is exploited just to get boots into the cinema, showing no respect for the brilliant Shakespearean thespian.

Emoji

Credit: Sony Pictures

The Emoji Movie is the grandest attack on modern day animation in years, shamefully ripping off animated classics including Toy Story (1995) and Inside Out with total disregard for its audience. Instead, the film relies on terribly out dated comedy, and forced Sony product placement.

It’s the Citizen Kane of awful family films. Director Tony Leondis does nothing more than depress audiences for the 86-minute run-time.

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The Emoji Movie is the grandest attack on modern day animation in years, shamefully ripping off animated classics including Toy Story (1995) and Inside Out with total disregard for its audience. Instead, the film relies on terribly out dated comedy, and forced Sony product placement.

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