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The Emoji Movie is directed by Toney Leondis, and it features the voice talents of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, and Patrick Stewart. It tells the story of Gene. Gene is a “Meh” emoji, and his whole life he is expected to only show that one emotion. When Gene can’t help but have other emotions, he must go on an adventure with Hi-5 and Jailbreak in order to try and resolve his issue. The reaction to this film has mostly been...less than positive. It holds a mere 6% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So is it really as bad as people say?
The Emoji Movie is not good. There’s no getting around that. There’s a lot in this movie that could and should’ve been done better, and the concept as a whole is pretty ridiculous and exactly what you’d expect from Hollywood. However, I will say that the film is not nearly as bad as people are saying it is. Many people out there are calling this film garbage and the worst film of the year, both of which are statements that I’d disagree with. While the film is never necessarily good, it’s not awful, and it’s certainly not the worst film of the year.
While I am defending it a little bit (I know, I’m surprised too), there are a lot of things wrong with The Emoji Movie. The chief of which is that it’s lazy. The whole thing feels very lazily thought of and put together. The concept is one that is blatantly just trying to capitalize on social trends and make a quick buck. While that’s not a good thing, it’s also not out of the ordinary in Hollywood. What really clues in how lazily The Emoji Movie was written, was the humor. That’s because a vast majority of the jokes in this movie are puns. Don’t get me wrong, I actually can enjoy a good pun. But when 90% of the jokes in your movie are puns, they get old really fast. For about the first ten minutes I was actually enjoying this movie, but then it became evident what this movie was going to be, and that’s an hour and a half of lazy writing and puns about whatever they can think of.
The film also doesn’t seem to know what message it wants to give, outside of the cliché “Express yourself and be who you want to be”. This film, as you’d expect, is very “Yeah! Emojis! Look how cool and expressive they are!” (That sentence pretty much sums up a majority of this film). However, sometimes they make jokes that seem to contradict the purpose of their entire film’s existence. By that I mean, they make a lot of jokes about how people are so attached to their phones, and they are becoming lazier because of it. Which, I understand the desire to have those jokes, they’re easy. However, when your movie is literally about emojis and takes place inside of a smartphone, they feel a little out of place.
The entire film is extremely cliché. It’s nothing new. It seems like they tried to kind of be like Inside Out, but then they got lost somewhere early on. The plot is recycled, the characters are ironically unemotional, the humor is lazy, and this entire project feels like a cash grab. However, I’ll still say that it could’ve been a lot worse. It did actually cause me to chuckle a couple times, and every now and then I found myself thinking “That’s actually kind of clever”. Is it a good movie? No, but it’s not terrible, that’s what I’m saying.
The Emoji Movie is exactly what you’d expect it to be from the trailers. Whatever experience you had with the trailers for the movie is pretty much exactly what you’ll get actually watching it. (Hey, at least they marketed it accurately) Personally, I didn’t hate the trailers as much as everyone else. In fact, I was caught off guard by the reaction to the first full trailer because I actually enjoyed it (*Gasp!*). I honestly do not understand all the hate that this movie is getting. Maybe this film was just an easy target because of the silly premise? I’m not sure. What I do know, is that I didn’t think The Emoji Movie was that bad. My reaction was exactly the emotion of the main character, meh. It had its moments, and I think kids will have fun with it, though it certainly has issues. At the end of the day, kids were the target audience, so they did that right. To anybody else, this is just another kids movie.
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