THE EMOJI MOVIE
OUT now / CERT u / 86 Mins DIRECTOR Tony Leondis Cast T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara
A FILM BASED on emoji must have seemed like a good idea in theory. If The Lego Movie can prove a reality-bending delight, why not a story about humanity’s new pictogram alphabet? But it would have helped if anyone in the production had even a basic vision of the film they wanted to make. It’s bizarre how little this seems to understand smartphones (why do deleted apps go in the trash like on a PC?) or the point it’s trying to make. Is the phone a civilisation-ending crutch or a box of delights? The film can’t decide. While it’s tempting to sum up in thumbs-down emoji, when they go low, we go high. So let’s just say, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.