So I watched The Emoji Movie trailer
I know I know, but it’s playing nonstop as a YouTube ad and curiosity got the better of me. But now that I answered that question it’s time to answer the next question: what do I think?
Well it’s definitely not my cup of tea, it looks like it’s using ideas done before and it has blatant advertising to rival Foodfight and Eight Crazy Nights. But, despite all the negatives, I have to take a controversial note and say that it still holds an interest as a viewable movie-JUST HEAR ME OUT!!
When you see the trailer, yes, this is blatantly taking the approach of Wreck It Ralph. It’s about a world that exists in a mobile phone, and one Meh emoji doesn’t feel like a Meh, so he’s on a journey through the phone to fight even the system to change his purpose. Boy, that does sound familiar! And with mentions of apps such as Candy Crush and having such safe, not trying humor as a second banana animation company film, it doesn’t look smart or clever.
However, the plot also kinda rips off another popular movie. Instead of the mobile phone world being one big shared world, their world exists in one specific phone of a pre teen boy named Alex, and the movie seems to hint that he has a crush on a pre teen girl. So, with this formula, the emojis seem less like helpless icons and more like purposeful helpers. That’s right, this is also a mobile tech version of Inside Out. While it makes the film more of a heartless rip off, I gotta admit this makes the plot also more interesting. With Inside Out you were invested in the emotions, but especially because you wanted to know if they will successfully help Riley in the end. With the Emoji Movie, now you have an investment to see if the emojis will get it together to successfully help Alex.
After I wondered if this will start crossover fanfics with Inside Out, I actually found myself interested in the idea of The Emoji Movie. I mean it’s been argued that every idea has been done, so now it’s how to use those ideas in a different, fresh way. While this mix of ideas isn’t that fresh, it is interesting to mix Wreck It Ralph with Inside Out. Now it’s not just will Meh be able to be himself or be happy with his purpose, it’s also will they help Alex, and as Alex is more relatable than an emoji there’s more of an investment to know if everything is going to turn out okay.
Will I see The Emoji Movie? Probably not, the subpar kid friendly, shelter mom safe comedy isn’t for me. But for it’s plot that’s admittedly a mix of previously done plots, at least it’s a good mix of previously done plots. So I won’t judge people who will see this and maybe even like it, cause I can see this film being harmless and falling into the real between decent and guilty pleasure.