I Don’t Get It

Published On August 2, 2017 | By Carrie Buchanan |

I took my girls to see The Emoji Movie last night and I LOVED IT!

Seriously.  I loved it. Am I missing something? Critics seem to hate it. So much so, someone compiled a video of bad reviews to make it look like a trailer.

Esquire posted “The Emoji Movie is cynical, dull, exhausting, soulless, joyless, pointless, and never, ever funny. ”  Harsh.

I honestly went in, (after paying a small fortune for my ticket and popcorn) expecting it to be one of the stupidest movies I’ve ever seen.  I mean, really, a movie about emoji’s?  How is that even going to work?

Here’s the story.  Everything happens in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone.  Every emoji has a purpose – to be sad, mad, or in the case of Gene – meh.  These emojis live in the smartphone of Alex.  A high school freshman.  Alex has a crush on a girl in his class who he only seems able to get the nerve to talk to via text. That’s where the role of the emojis comes in. They go to work when Alex sends a text – representing his feelings, and helping get his message across.

Bring in Gene.  His job is to be “meh”.  But the problem is he is many faces.  He struggles to fit in and go to “work” like the other emojis.  But when he gets his big chance he realizes he’s not like everyone else and he struggles to “fix” the problem and fix himself so he can be like everyone else.

I think, instead of criticizing the movie for the fact we live in a world where our kids text more than talk, and use emojis instead of real words, and criticize the lack of storyline – maybe look a little deeper.

You know what I got out of it?  Besides a few laughs, and a few extra pounds from the popcorn?

The message “Be you”.  One of emojis left “Textopolis” because she didn’t like who she was told to be.  Gene “meh” just wanted to fit in and was willing to change who he was to do what everybody expected him to.

Be you.  Don’t change yourself to be liked by others or fit a mold someone else tells you to be like.

That’s what I got out of it.  I loved it. I thought it was cute.  I loved the voices, and there were many – Patrick Stewart, James Corden – to name a few.

It was a cute story.  I wasn’t bored.  I was interested in it the whole way through.  Like other kids movies I wasn’t anxious for it to be over with already.

I loved it.  I loved the cuteness, and the message.  I loved the jokes. I loved the music.

I would pay to see it again. But that’s just meh.  Ooops.  Me.  My kids loved it too and they are 14 and 11.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.  And I may start using more emojis.  Against my kids wishes.



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