Top 10 Biggest Problems with The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie is the second worst movie to come out in 2017! Pretty much everything about it is terrible! And I'm gonna tell you why it's the worst animated film of all time!
The Top Ten
1 It's a Ripoff of Wreck-it Ralph, Inside Out, and the Lego Movie

Even before the movie came out, people were already calling it a ripoff of these movies. Think about it. The main character wants to feel like he belongs, so he goes out on an adventure through different apps. That sounds very similar to Wreck-it Ralph. The characters all live in a phone, and we have a subplot involving a human character whom the emoji characters help out, kind of like Inside Out. And the overall concept of taking something that children love to use and turning it into an entire movie is basically like the Lego Movie.

The only thing is, all three of those movies were good. The Emoji Movie isn't. They basically took the ideas of all three of these movies and put them all into one without the things that actually made those movies good. The entire movie is unoriginal. No effort was put into it. This is just lazy. It's plagiarism.

2 It's a Movie About Emojis

Even if the movie ended up being good, it's still a movie about emojis. "Kids love emojis, so let's make an entire movie about them!" This entire concept is stupid.

You can't really tell much of a story with emojis. I'm one of the few people who defended the Lego Movie before it came out because Legos were made to tell stories with. These are emojis. Just random faces and objects on an iPhone keyboard that are used for texting. Did we really need to know if emojis had feelings? No, no we didn't.

Seriously? Emojis of all things? I bet it was just created because of how much of a trend emojis are.

What's next to get an unneeded movie? Fidget spinners? Please, no! This movie makes The Angry Birds Movie look like a masterpiece.

3 The Jokes Aren't Funny

Wanna know how many times I laughed? Zero! I did not laugh at all during this movie! None of the jokes were funny or clever. Well, actually, there was this one part where Gene accidentally knocks over a group of emoticons and they act like old people. I almost found that joke funny, but then they immediately ruined it by having one of them say "My colon!" This movie almost had one funny joke and they managed to ruin it.

Wow! One of the characters is actual crap and his only joke is that he's crap. All of his lines are poop jokes. Mr. and Mrs. Meh's only joke is that since they're "meh" emojis, they constantly have to speak in a bored tone. It gets old very fast. None of the jokes hit their mark. It's not one of those movies that I can laugh at for how bad it is.

As much as I hate Foodfight, at least there were moments where the animation got so bad to the point where it was laughable. Don't get me wrong, Foodfight is still one of the worst animated films ever made, but the Emoji Movie is far worse. And I know a lot of people disagree with that.

4 It's Boring

To be completely honest, the plot is that a "meh" emoji (already dumb) has a "malfunction" and he can't make a "meh" face. To fix himself, he makes himself a criminal and takes a hand (high five emoji) with him to find a hacker. They go through various apps (advertised obviously) like Just Dance, Spotify, Candy Crush, and whatever app those bunny things come from. They have to get to the cloud, another technology thing they tried to turn into a world in this terrible movie.

Then the human who owns the phone tries to delete the phone. Somehow the meh emoji decides to send his crush a text making his faces that he can make because he is a malfunction. Somehow, the download pauses for this text, it works, yay. Also, the "Emoji Pop" is plain stupid, like peekaboo with different faces. This whole movie is a bust, and it is insanely boring.

5 It's a Commercial for Mobile Apps

When Gene and his friends are trying to make him become a "meh" emoji, they go through a bunch of mobile apps. This leads to what feels like the longest commercial for mobile apps. I wonder how much the owners of these apps paid to get them in this movie. They aren't even subtle about this product placement. There's an entire scene that takes place in Candy Crush. In that scene, they're saying, "We must get you to the bottom by matching other candies," and that's exactly what they're doing. They're playing Candy Crush. And it drags on for so long. It makes the Krispy Kreme product placement in Power Rangers seem subtle.

They also go into Spotify and you hear songs such as "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" and "Cheerleader." There's a scene in which Gene's parents go into the YouTube app, and they're watching "Pen Pineapple Apple Pen." They also distract some robots by putting on "Surprised Kitty." Because YouTube is best known for cat videos. So unoriginal. They also go into Instagram and change the filter of a picture to make the scene feel more romantic.

A major plot point is that the three main characters have to get to Dropbox. It's all just one big commercial. It's so bad. Very bad.

6 The Characters are Uninteresting

Something that each movie has to do is at least make the characters likable and relatable. That was not the case with this movie. I did not like any of the characters in this movie.

Most of them were just bland. They expect us to relate to Gene, but how? We're not emojis. The characters were also very underdeveloped.

The most developed character is Jailbreak, and the only development she gets is that she's a princess, which is a flat-out rip-off of Wreck-it Ralph. Speaking of Wreck-it Ralph, I absolutely love that Disney princess scene they showed from Wreck-it Ralph 2 at D23. In the Emoji Movie, they really did a terrible job at developing the characters.

7 It's Made by Sony

If I learned anything from my previous list, it's that I shouldn't say that the writers should die for making a movie. That was the worst thing I've ever done on TTT. I apologized for that in a post if you want to read it.

One thing I also said was that all of Sony's movies are bad. And that was an extreme exaggeration. I had no idea Baby Driver was a Sony movie. And I liked Spider-Man: Homecoming, but I guess since the movie is part of the MCU, I don't consider it a Sony film. Still, Sony has made a lot of bad movies, especially when it comes to animated films. Sausage Party was terrible. Angry Birds was terrible. The Emoji Movie is another one of their bad films.

So, honestly, it wasn't surprising that it was bad. None of this is objective, though. Obviously.

8 A Popeye Movie Was Held Back 5 Years Due to It

Hopefully, Sony will let Genndy accomplish his lifelong dream to direct the movie. By the way, the internet always thinks that The Emoji Movie was chosen over Popeye. Who even has proof? It may be the same with Adventure Time and FB and CC.

I agree! They should've made the Popeye movie instead of this!

Popeye: *eats spinach* It was my chance, until you yellowheads ruined it! *punches the character*

9 It's Trying to Hard to Be Mainstream

So does every movie that milks out Fortnite references to death. Even Avengers: Endgame is convicted of doing such action.

10 The Animation

I wouldn't say the animation is bad, but it's very uncreative. All they did was use the emojis that you see on a phone and put arms and legs on them. A baby could do that. I'll admit, though, there are some moments where the scenery looks okay, but that honestly makes it a lot worse for me given that the concept of this movie is absolutely stupid. It makes me feel bad for the animators.

In the scene when they're in Spotify, the animators put so much detail into that scene. But again, they're in Spotify. That is wasted effort. I also thought the designs of the humans were pretty good, but the humans were underused. I want to like the animation, but they make it so hard.

The Contenders
11 Inappropriate

Racist and a bad influence for children.

12 Bathroom Humor

He's a poop. Of course, he'd do that!

13 Horrible Character Design

It makes the character design for The Angry Birds Movie look good.

14 It's Made to Sell Merchandise

Sony is desperate for money. That's what some of their recent films are saying.

15 The Relationship Between Gene and Jailbreak

I've always hated the cliché of two main characters becoming a couple unless they are able to do it well. In Star vs the Forces of Evil, people only ship Star and Marco because they're the main characters. And throughout the show, their romantic relationship isn't very developed and it seems very forced.

And the same goes for the Emoji Movie. Their relationship came right out of nowhere. But because they're the main characters, they must be together. This is just lazy. And we don't even care about the characters, so why should we care about them being a couple?

16 The Characters are Dumb

Every character is an idiotic rip-off.

Gene - The annoying main character who leads us through his shameful life. Who names their child Gene anyway? What did he do to his parents - oh right, exist.

Hi-5 - Also known as 'Gimmie' (yet another questionable name), this obnoxious character spends half the movie droning and whining about his "looks" and is seventy percent of the reason people gave the finger to this stir-fry of nonsense.

Although only two percent of people voted because the characters are dumb, it doesn't mean it isn't true.

I only described two characters, but I'm sure you all agree you hate all the characters with a passion.

And as we say in Nigeria, "Thunder fire the Emoji Movie!"

17 The Human Scenes

All of these scenes that take place in the human world are so stupid! The reason why it worked so well in Inside Out is because they actually made Riley a relatable character and developed her character, which made her more likable. In the Emoji Movie, most of these scenes are just filler! As I was watching the movie, I kept forgetting that there is a subplot involving the humans! That just shows how forgettable these scenes are. They're only there to remind us whose phone these emojis are on and so we could have this conflict with Alex's phone being erased.

Speaking of which, one of the reasons why he is getting his phone wiped is because it kept on unexpectedly making noises. If I were him, I would just mute the phone. Also, there's this very big plot hole in which when he's getting his phone erased, he sends his crush an emoji and then unplugs the phone to stop it from being erased, and everything on it comes back even though it was almost done being erased. Phones don't work like that! Did they do any research?

18 It Has a Poor Plot

It has a terrible plot indeed. Hotdiggedydemon's own plot is better, and he deserves to be the director of a "better sequel for the Emoji Movie."

19 The Jokes are Stupid

Where number 2 is right, this whole movie is one giant number 2.

This movie is a load of...

Poop Emoji: No, go ahead!

20 The Atrocious Voiceovers

One element that I would like to add about this is that the voice acting is also noticeably bad. It sounded like the actors were more invested in their checks than their performance, and they didn't even put in any sort of effort into this.

Then again, I don't think you can find anyone in the cast and crew who were motivated to make a good movie. AniMat, who is right about most of the complaints he has towards Sony Pictures Animation, but needs to take it a lot easier on his negative opinion on that company that went from engaging to hit-and-miss to very untrustworthy.

21 No Real Effort Was Put Into It
22 Too Much Bathroom Humor
23 It's Generic
24 Kids Were Begging to See It as Soon as They Saw the Trailer
25 Sir Patrick Stewart is the Poop Emoji

After giving us such an incredible performance as Charles Xavier in Logan, Patrick Stewart went on to be the poop emoji in The Emoji Movie in the same year. Why in the world did he agree to do this?

Patrick Stewart is such a great actor, but he was completely wasted in this film. He only had a few lines, and they were all poop jokes. I feel bad for him. At least we know he was in one of the best movies of the year earlier.

The Patrick Stewart Poop might as well be the official mascot of Sony Animation.

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