Over the years, animated films have been something that both children and adults can enjoy. These films often provide the audience with humorous moments mixed with happiness and excitement.
Unfortunately, that can’t be said for Sony Pictures latest endeavor, “The Emoji Movie.”
In fact, the two words to best describe my experience in viewing this movie are “meh” and “blah.”
The story of the film centers on a "meh" emoji named Gene (T.J. Miller). Gene lives in the chat application on a cell phone owned by a teenager named Alex (Justin Austin). Alex, like most teenagers, is glued to his phone and expresses his feelings through faces known as emojis.
Unlike other emojis who are limited to one emotion, Gene can express multiple emotions. This ability is a danger to the structure of the phone. When called upon to make the meh face during a chat conversation Gene gets nervous and expresses the wrong emotion. This action causes the world of the cell phone to face the possibility of deletion.
Left with no other choice, Gene goes on the run with the Hi-5 emoji (James Corden) and a hacker named Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Gene is then left with a choice either be reprogramed to fit in with the others or keep his individuality in tact.
The idea of a world within another world has been explored many times by filmmakers. Those previous movies such as “The Lego Movie” have done a better job in providing a story that is well rounded and polished.
This story didn’t capture my attention. Five minutes into the movie I was ready to pack up and call it a night. The trailer for “The Emoji Movie” boasted a lot of humor. Outside of a few slight chuckles, the theater I was sitting in was devoid of laughter. The person sitting right behind me yawned a few times.
Miller is a comedian that I have come to like because of the personal stories he shares. He has a knack for connecting with his audience while performing on stage. In this movie, you get the impression listing to his voice of something opposite. The feeling Miller leaves the audience in is one of obligation due to the contract he signed.
The film also felt like a running advertisement for several mobile applications like Twitter, Candy Crush and Just Dance. These applications are woven into the plot and don’t add anything to the story except for a few corny jokes.
The Emoji Movie is an uninteresting and dull film. It is one to pass while making a selection of what to see at the theater.
I give this film one mustache out of five.
This movie is rated PG for rude humor and runs 86 minutes.
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