Oh my god, I am so very excited to see this. Oh, not because I think it’s going to be a legit good movie. No, no, no. Quite the opposite. RottenTomatoes has this at a 6% (as of 7/29/2017) and IMDb has it at a 1.5/10 (as of 7/29/2017). Yeah, I laugh when I see these ratings, but I know one I go in, this movie will make me mad beyond belief. And why shouldn’t it? It basically looks like INSIDE OUT (2015), but such a knock-off discount that even the 99 cent store wouldn’t sell it at half price. It takes place in our phones and our emojis are content with their lives, except one specific “meh” emoji, that actually has several emotions, but has to only use… the one he’s known for? Already this premise has me asking questions. Whatever, who cares?
Here’s the voice talent. T.J. Miller (DEADPOOL , BIG HERO 6 , HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON , and upcoming films GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS  and READY PLAYER ONE ), James Corden (TROLLS , INTO THE WOODS , BEGIN AGAIN , and upcoming films OCEAN’S 8  and the animated PETER RABBIT ), Anna Faris (KEANU , TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT , and TV show MOM), Maya Rudolph (MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA , POPSTAR , BRIDESMAIDS , and the upcoming animated THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE ), and Patrick Stewart (LOGAN , X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST , and TV show STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION).
Now for the crew. Directing and co-writing is Tony Leondis, known for IGOR (2008) and LILO & STITCH 2 (2006). Alongside Leondis, making a red flag total of three writers, we also have Eric Siegel (a bunch of TV shows) and Mike White (BEATRIZ AT DINNER , NACHO LIBRE , and SCHOOL OF ROCK ). Finally, the composer for the score is Patrick Doyle, known for A UNITED KINGDOM (2017), THOR (2011), DONNIE BRASCO (1997), and the upcoming MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017).
Overall, someone kill me to save me.
This is my honest opinion of: THE EMOJI MOVIE
Gene (T.J. Miller) is supposed to be a “Meh” emoji. Thing is, he’s discovered that he has multiple emotions to convey. He’s about to have his first day as an emoji on his owner’s phone, but freaking out when he’s selected, he makes the wrong face, which causes him to be labeled as a malfunction. Desperate to avoid being discarded, he and a newfound friend, the unused Hi-5 (James Corden), track down someone named Jailbreak (Anna Faris), who can take him to an app that will fix him and make him a normal “Meh” emoji.
Nope, I’m not wasting any effort on this review. If no effort was going to be attempted to make this movie original, then I have no reason to put in effort for this review.
All I will say is that it’s a knock-off of WRECK-IT RALPH (2012), with a hint of INSIDE OUT, and it’s painful.
No joke is funny. It’s just a long string of obvious phone puns. The world itself barely makes any sense, every character is annoying, and… I can’t keep going with this poor excuse for an animated movie for kids.
I am assuming that if you take your children to see this movie, you’re punishing them. Please avoid this film at all costs. If you give them money, they will make a sequel and that’s something both kids and critics alike really don’t need in their lives.
My honest rating for THE EMOJI MOVIE: 1/5