I knew that "The Emoji Movie" would be bad, but I didn't think that it would be THAT bad. I expected it to land somewhere around 40 on Metacritic, not on the border of single digits. I had to check it out to see if it was actually the piece of ... Patrick Stewart? ... that people said it was.
I don't think that this movie was awful. I found it to be at least mildly amusing. There was some comedy in the film that was somewhat enjoyable dry sarcasm, puns, and homages (like a rather funny "Star Trek" reference). I also liked some of the ways in which they represented technology visually. These are super subtle, though, and most of the rest of the humor is really bland. The plot of the film as a whole has moments that are a little exciting, but for the most part, it's cheesy and predictable. The names are also pretty stupid, like "Textopolis", probably the worst name since "Unobtanium" (and I love "Avatar", but that name was a bad choice). So I by no means liked the movie, I just don't think it was quite as bad as people made it out to be.
The animation style is really simple, for the most part. The human world looks really silly and fake, and the phone world is a bit too bright and colorful for my tastes, especially with the subject matter at hand (which, surprisingly, is thoroughly dark). The major exception is the Spotify section, which I thought was really interesting. The voice cast was well-chosen, although I found Maya Rudolph to be even more annoying than I usually do. Patrick Stewart and James Corden were probably the funniest parts to me.
Overall, "The Emoji Movie" is much like its protagonist is supposed to be: meh. There are a few enjoyable moments, but that doesn't save it from a horribly formulaic plot. Still, it will serve its purpose as being a mindless distraction for young children. What puzzles me is that this film is aimed at much younger audiences than the people who use the eponymous texting "language".
The Emoji Movie
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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