By Eve Fisher
Ok, I admit it I liked The Emoji Movie. At least much more than I thought I would.
As a seventeen-year-old girl I thought it would be a movie I would only like ironically and I definitely didn’t think I was part of the target audience.
Over the past year, The Emoji Movie has become a pretty popular meme online for teenagers. I can see why, the idea of a movie about emojis is not something we thought we’d ever see.
Maybe it was my low expectations, but I was delighted to find it was a pretty fun movie and I ended up getting a pretty big kick out of it.
Starting off the film with the Hotel Transylvania cartoon short “Puppy” had me laughing before the movie started. Smart move Sony. I already like the Hotel Transylvania movies and the short was cute, putting me in a good mood before the movie.
When The Emoji Movie started I quickly realized they actually pulled in a really good cast for this movie, including Maya Rudolph, Sir Patrick Stewart, Anna Faris, and James Corden. That definitely helped make the movie more bearable, especially Stewart who made the poop emoji character he was playing not gross. Kudos Stewart.
Corden’s high-five character was hilarious and endearing. And the king of deadpan Steven Wright was masterfully cast as a meh emoji.
Wright’s meh is actually father to the main character Gene, who has too many feelings to be just meh.
There is a lot of good dialogue the actors pull off really well, making for some very funny moments. It’s really this movie’s saving grace to me.
Like most cartoon movies these days you first have to buy into the existence of this unseen world where so much happens. Just so much.
In The Emoji Movie it’s the city of Textopolis, home to all emojis. I guess we all have one of these cities on our phones.
But of course you guessed it one of these emojis, Gene, just doesn’t fit in. This makes him defective, which makes him marked for deletion and thus our hero’s journey commences.
Any fellow hip teens out there going to see the emoji movie ironically might be surprised by some of the well written jokes and quite possibly amused by how the movie has no grasp on how a phone works or on how teenagers act.
But that’s why it’s such a good movie for kids. Kids don’t have a grasp on teenage life or how a smart phone operates. This leaves them open to enjoy the adventure and the funny moments in the movie. For parents taking younger kids this movie I will tell you its rated PG and the scariest bad guys in this movie reminded me of Zurg from the Toy Story movies and in my opinion are not going to frighten children.
So, to wrap this up: The Emoji Movie isn’t as awful as you’d think. And if you’re looking for something to watch with your kids, check it out.
The Emoji Movie was released into theaters July 28, but only recently arrived at the Peterborough Community Theatre where it is playing through Thursday.