The Emoji Movie

With Sir Patrick Stewart as a poop emoji and James Corden as a Hi-5 emoji, what could possibly go wrong?

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The answer; Everything.

The very premise of this film was a ridiculous idea to begin with, but that didn’t stop Sony Pictures from making a heavy investment in it.

Despite the quite honestly bafflingly talented cast that have joined forces to voice this movie, the plot remains embarrassingly lack-lustre.

If it wasn’t for James Corden’s comforting British sarcasm that provides comic relief at all the right moments, this film would be a complete right-off.

Though the younger audiences will be falling over each other to reach this cinematic defeat, parents will find the experience headache ridden, but at least it might give them an opportunity for a nap.

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Cars 3

Despite his age seemingly getting the better of him, Lightning McQueen refuses to let his racing career end in defeat.

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With newer and more technologically savvy cars to race against, McQueen, along with the help of his trainer, Cruz, must learn how to outwit the competition with good old fashioned hard-work and commitment.

Though this is now the third film of the Cars series, Disney have managed to keep this film just as entertaining and engaging as the first, through a combination of new characters and an aging story that continues to intrigue.

Lightning McQueen may have had a digital makeover in the Pixar animation studios, but his character has stayed just as loveable as ever, making boys and girls fall in love with his eccentric antics all over again.

 

Despicable Me 3

The super-villain family headed by Gru are ready for a new mission, except this time they’re on the right side of the law, pursuing the bad guys, rather than committing the villainous crimes themselves.

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Not only has Gru changed sides, but he has found a new accomplice in the form of his long lost twin brother, Dru.

Though the creative team may not pick up any awards for original character names, they must, however, be patted on the back for keeping this franchise alive with new and exciting characters that continue to engage audiences of all ages, with a little help from the coinciding adult oriented jokes.

With the successful partnership of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios continuing to thrive, its safe to say that both Steve Carell and the Despicable Me team will be staying strong for the foreseeable future.

Spark

A royal monkey prince saves the world from a Gaddafi style dictatorship; yes this is apparently the world we now live in.

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After years of believing he’s an orphan, Spark discovers a secret like no other as he sets off on a mission to save his planet from it’s currently fascist reign.

Though not distributed by a particularly well-known film studio, this animated adventure showcases brilliance on a seemingly low budget. From the animation itself, to the character compositions, the film surprises with its originality and plot commitment.

Whilst the film only has the voice-acting name of Jessica Biel to slap on its promotional posters, the lack of critically acclaimed actors and production team adds to it’s surprisingly successful execution.

The film is not in anyway perfect, but it does provide a stable footing on which to sell itself to audiences young and old, even if it doesn’t have the financial backing needed to make it into the box office charts.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

With the general reading age of the book being for ages 8-14, the page to screen adaptation was never destining for cinematic greatness.

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Essentially, a boy named Greg, accompanied by his family, go on a summer road trip together and disaster ensues. 

Yes, you would be right to think this is basically a PG version of We Are The Millers.

As you might expect with a film predominantly aimed at children, the acting is painstakingly awful and at times you could probably have a goat stand-in and it’d have more talent. 

The story is somewhat interesting at best, and the main comedy aspect is best seen from a parental perspective, which showcases how truly terrible and irritating children can be. 

The Boss Baby

Alec Baldwin is a baby with big dreams and a full nappy.

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A sibling rivalry like no other occurs when Tim, the first born, is forced to welcome his new baby brother with open arms. But this isn’t just any baby, it’s a boss baby, who arrives in a mysterious taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a brief case.

Though the animation is full of life and a colour pallet that is sure to capture any young audience member, it is hard not to question the likeness of character animations between this film and that of Sony Entertainments ‘Storks’; a film that graced our screens in late 2016. The similarity between the characteristics is simply uncanny and in some sense questions the originality of the Dreamworks animators.

The humour throughout the film does however bring comic relief to both adults and children alike, with some jokes only recognisable to an older audience, with a big focus upon where babies come from, a tender subject for even the most adept of parents.

Despite the copious amounts of advertising that has encapsulated this films release, the film itself, unfortunately, does not stand up to its expectations.

 

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The little blue guys are back. No, the cast of avatar haven’t borrowed Alice’s shrinking potion, it’s just the smurfs.

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Established in the 1980s, the Smurf’s are still going strong, though admittedly they’ve had a bit of animator makeover in recent years.

This new tale finds Smurf village in a little bit of a rut, as their only girl smurf is coming to terms with her lack of female company.

In Smurfette’s attempt to find purpose in an all boy village, she happens upon the location of a new smurf village, where all the smurf inhabitants are girls. However, the euphoria of this find is soon disturbed by the Smurfs greatest enemy; the wizard, Gargamel.

As with many family animations, this film fills the screen with eye popping colours and fantastical characters, with a fire-breathing dragon fly being one of the most notable inclusions.

Despite, fundamentally, being a  family-orientated adventure, the film manages to incorporate a more mature element of humour, to keep the adults from thinking they’re in an LSD induced coma. It is, therefore, a film to be enjoyed by the whole family.