THE EMOJI MOVIE ★★
(PG, 86mins) 1⁄
2 The Emoji Movie is a standard hero’s journey yarn set against the backdrop of a race through the apps in young Alex’s smartphone.
What unfolds holds zero surprises, a startling degree of product placement, some at-times passable design and a couple of trips to the outside world – where Alex the phone’s owner is desperate to impress a classmate – that suggest the film-makers had another, far better, script in them. They just couldn’t see it. - Graeme Tuckett