Last year when I saw the first trailer for The Emoji Movie, I laughed. It looked cute. Not gonna win any awards, but it certainly didn't look like the worst movie I'd ever seen.
Then came the reports that the movie was cancelled because of poor public reception to that trailer. The number of thumbs down on YouTube was insane. The comments were horrid.
But then word came that the movie was not cancelled. In fact, not only was it NOT cancelled, but Sir Patrick Stewart was voicing the poop emoji! How awesome did THAT sound?
Fast forward a few months, and the movie came to theatres. I think it was in there for about a day and a half before it disappeared with barely a whisper... really? Could it really be that bad? The reviews seem to think so. I don't know how many times I read things like "Do we really need a movie about emojis?" I dunno... did we really need a movie about Singing Trolls? Angry Birds? How about the 16th Fast and Furious offering?
No. No we really DIDN'T need any of these movies, but yet... we got them. And their sequels!
So I put off watching The Emoji movie because "they" (whoever they are) said it was horrible. It barely even registered on Rotten Tomatoes. Even IMDB was unkind. I figured why waste my time if such an abomination was released?
This weekend I noticed that The Emoji Movie was trending on Apple's Most Watched list. Interesting... Oh, they had added it to their $0.99 Movie of the Week rental section! That explained it. This isn't an indication of the value of the movie. Many great movies get dropped to $0.99 for a week after they've been around for awhile. Then they go back up to their full price. Could I spare $0.99? Could I spare the 1 hr 31mins from my life? Sure I could!
And you know what? The Emoji Movie is NOT a dud! It's not going to win any awards, but it's certainly undeserving of the stench that seems to follow every review I've seen. It's really too bad that it did poorly in public opinion (although it grossed $200,405,914 as of October 2017, so that's pretty great for a movie that reportedly cost $50 million to make). I really think that people succumbed to word of mouth (the internet) and simply didn't give it a chance.
I laughed out loud more than once, which is far better than a lot of junk movies that are made that don't seem to get trashed like this one did. I loved the little things that they worked in... even Poop in a very Captain Picard-like scene. It's fast, so don't blink or you might miss it.
Anyway... my long, rambling point is this...
In life, don't be afraid to tune out the noise of the crowd and make your own decision. You might be pleasantly surprised. I was!
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