Netflix has just added arguably the very worst movie of the last decade
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
We're here to talk about the first ever animated movie to be nominated for Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards (the ceremony which takes place the night before the Oscars, to "celebrate" the worst movies of the year), and also the first to actually take the prize home.
It also won Worst Director, Worst On-Screen Duo (for literally any two characters at any given time), and Worst Screenplay.
When it was released in the summer of 2017, critics had an absolute field day writing their reviews for The Emoji Movie. Here are just some of our highlights:
Vulture - "It is one of the darkest, most dismaying films I have ever seen, much less one ostensibly made for children."
The Wrap - "It is a soul-crushing disaster because it lacks humour, wit, ideas, visual style, compelling performances, a point of view or any other distinguishing characteristic that would make it anything but a complete waste of your time, not to mention that of the diligent animators who brought this catastrophe into being."
Screen Crush - "There are plenty of words that can describe this movie. Here are a few of them: Unfunny. Saccharine. Nonsensical. Painful. And, of course, crappy. (If you prefer the poop emoji, that works too.)"
The Guardian - "A force of insidious evil, a film that feels as if it was dashed off by an uninspired advertising executive."
Roger Ebert - "A work so completely devoid of wit, style, intelligence or basic entertainment value that it makes that movie based on the Angry Birds app seem like a pure artistic statement by comparison."
The movie still managed to make over $217 million (from a $50 million budget), but despite this relative box office success, Sony Pictures knew better than to green-light a sequel.
The Emoji Movie has just been added to Netflix, and we have a horrible feeling that if it becomes popular on the streaming platform - if parents or guardians or whoever just stick it on for the kids to have something to watch - then Netflix themselves might look into giving it a sequel.
Equally, for those who might be interested to see "How bad can it really be?", you could accidentally be contributing to an argument towards a follow-up.
So this is our PSA. Please don't put this on.
The Mitchells VS The Machines is also on Netflix and it is, conservatively, one million times better than The Emoji Movie. Please watch that instead, because we actually do want a sequel to that one!
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