Fine on its Own, But The Emoji Movie Compared to the Book
Okay, so, I’m going to split this review up into two sections. One section is the parental guidance, and the other is the normal review, or quality.
Okay, so, this is an Illumination movie that made a bundle at the box office. So what do you think? Of course it’s appropriate! Why is it rated PG? For the most out of nowhere reason for something to be rated PG. For brief mild language. Yeah. THE LORAX had brief mild language. And the funny thing is, it ACTUALLY DOES. Yep. It’s basically incomprehensible, but it’s in there! That’s not even that offensive, that actually hilarious! I mean, why? Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s because Pixar was going through their first Dark Age. They were basically only making sequels, and when they did make original films, they didn’t really seem to be normal Pixar standard. Pixar was actually the company that made the G rating cool again, and when they seemed like they might be starting to sink, all the companies tried to get PG ratings again. This movie’s solution? Throw in a swear word as out of nowhere as it was in Stuart Little. Anyway, other than that pretty funny history lesson, everything is “delightfully appropriate”, to quote Lemony Snicket. There’s… there’s just… nothing. I can’t think of a single inappropriate moment in the entire movie. I know this is super short compared to everything that I usually write, but that’s really all I have to say. Moving on, I guess.
Okay, so, this movie should not have been as good as it was. It’s not even really that good, but when you compare it to the previous Dr. Seuss adaptations, that is to say, the two live action ones, this movie looks like Inside Out. (Horton Hears a Who is considered to be the best Dr. Seuss movie, which isn’t really a high honor.) And when I say it looks like Inside Out, it almost does. The animation is fantastic and really does look like Seuss’ world. Unfortunately, it’s primarily bogged down by the heavy-handed messaging, bland and generic characters, and lack of apparent respect for Seuss’ simple story, instead turning it into a big budget movie with a hypocritical message, considering Illumination’s numerous marketing stunts with and for the movie, including, but probably not limited to, iHop pancakes, Mazda SUVs, and a triple ad for the movie, the merchandise of the movie, and HP printers. Yeah. Dr. Seuss, everyone! Just head on down to your local iHop to experience the “timeless” tale! That’s another thing that really weighs this movie down. There are tons of dated pop culture references and mannerisms that will annoy anyone who has been on the internet since 2012. Also, as I mentioned earlier, very few of the characters have any real personality, particularly the two mains, whose names are… uh… Ted and, um, Audrey…? They’re so forgettable I barely even remember their names. As of now, I saw this movie around five days ago, and I remember basically every scene with them in it. I literally have no idea what either of their personalities are except for love interest for Audrey, and main character for Ted. We know more about the cliché characters than we do about our mains! There’s the embarrassing parent, who is embarrassing, the TOTALLY RADICAL grandma, who is TOTALLY RADICAL, and the generic corporate bad guy with no redeeming qualities, who is a generic corporate bad guy with no redeeming qualities. At least I know their personalities. They’re boring clichés, but at least they’re defined. However, I will give credit where credit is due. The sequences where the story of The Lorax is being told do mostly capture the spirit of the book. Sure, the Once-ler isn’t as interesting as he was in the original, and he is pretty dated, he’s still a fairly sympathetic character, and so is the Lorax. Before I end this review, I do have to say that the ending of the movie kind of ruins the ending of the original. Instead of ending on that subtle and powerful note of the boy, along with the young audience, being given a seed and a choice of whether or not they’re going to plant it, it ends with everybody immediately accepting the concept of trees and singing a forgettable and memeable pop song about it. It just… it just takes away from everything, and makes it a whole lot less powerful. Basically, The Lorax is a fine flick, unless you compare it to the original.