The Emoji Movie

We’ll always have Paris, Mary.

I honestly do not have a bad thing to say about this film.

I hadn’t heard anything about the reception of ‘The Emoji Movie’ until five minutes before I walked into the cinema this afternoon when I heard someone describe it as “a train wreck” but I genuinely have no idea what they were talking about, the storyline was flawless – I think.

The story mostly takes place inside a young boy’s iPhone. Every time he inserts an emoji into a text message, the selected emoji living inside his phone must be scanned, the scanned image is the emoji that appears in the text. This means that if the emoji does not pose correctly when they are scanned, the wrong emoji will appear and the user will not be happy – which is exactly what happens to Gene on his first day officially working at the text centre.

Main character, Gene Meh – as in the “meh” face emoji – is a loveable and fun guy, even though he is supposed to be “meh.” He has always dreamed of woking at the text centre so when he scans incorrectly he wishes for nothing more than to be a real “meh” – like he is ‘supposed to be.’ It is obvious that identity is the main theme of this film, alongside friendship and the acceptance of individuality.

When Gene messes up his first day on the job and scans incorrectly he is soon referred to as “a malfunction” and is sentenced to be deleted forever. Luckily he escapes from the evil bot characters who are trying to delete him and finds Hi-5, a once loved and popular emoji who no longer gets used. Hi-5 informs Gene that if they work together to find a hacker, they can reprogramme Gene to become a real “meh” and programme Hi-5 to appear back on the popular list of emojis. A hacker named Jailbreak ( aka Linda) agrees to help them as she has never seen an Emoji capable of showing multiple expressions like Gene before.

The story follows Gene, Hi-5 and Jailbreak as they travel through different apps on the phone trying to reach The Cloud where Jailbreak believes Gene can be ‘fixed.’ They are up against the clock as with each new obstacle their actions make the user believe that his phone is faulty and makes an appointment to get his phone completely restored – meaning that Gene’s world will be completely destroyed.

Two of the strangest and funniest characters were Mel and Mary Meh, Gene’s parents. Unlike Gene, they were successful at maintaining their “meh” persona which made their scenes very comical, especially when they were searching for their lost, endangered son. We only found out half way through that Mrs.Meh’s name was Mary which made me love her even more.

I was happy with the ending of this film and genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. Months ago, when I first saw the advertisements for The Emoji Movie I thought, that is ridiculous, who would pay to see that? But I have no regrets. 10/10 would recommend.

I am looking at emojis differently now and it’s weird.

Ps: There was a definite lack of tortoise and squirrel emojis. :/





“They know where you were.”

I actually thought that Dunkirk had been released months ago. I remember seeing the trailer last year and thinking, ‘that looks dramatic, and grey.’ I had never really planned on watching it until last week when my Twitter feed was flooded with excitement and amazement over the new release. It felt like everyone had seen it except me, so that had to change.

What did I expect?

I didn’t know much about the film prior to seeing it, just the basics. I knew that it was about soldiers who were stuck on a beach during World War II. I knew it was directed by the same guy who directed Interstellar – which I’ve yet to see but heard good things. And of course, I knew that Harry Styles was in it. I had no idea what the story was going to be like, or who was the main character – it turns out there isn’t one.

The timeline

At first, I was very confused with the order of the film’s events but luckily this didn’t affect my understanding of the overall story. The film is split into three different timelines focusing on different characters and challenges.

1. The Mole

The first section of the film, set mostly on the beach at Dunkirk is called ‘The Mole’ which refers to the long, pier-like structure the soldiers used to reach the boats. The scenes from The Mole felt like the most dangerous and hopeless of all. Most of the time thousands of soldiers just stood there, waiting helplessly, on the beach for someone to rescue them. Watching Tommy and ‘Gibson’ run through the crowds with the stretcher, only for the boat to sink moments later, emphasises just how hopeless and desperate their situation is.

2. The Air

Scenes at The Mole were heartbreaking and painful, but every single scene from The Air was captivating and tense. I was completely invested in these scenes. I genuinely felt anxious as I watched Tom Hardy’s character use chalk to record the fuel levels of his plane on the control panel. Christopher Nolan created a real sense of urgency in The Air, especially when Collins finally landed his plane in the sea. Imagine surviving all of those shots in the sky to potentially drown in the water because your window won’t open… no thanks.

3. The Sea

I loved The Sea. The more we learned about the English father and son (and George) on the boat, the more I liked them. When they rescued Cillian Murphy’s shell-shocked character the tension was so high I felt like I was on the boat with them. Two of my favourite moments from the entire film took place on this little boat:

  1. Peter’s indecisiveness about locking the door while Cillian Murphy sleeps. You can tell that his mind is running wild as he desperately tries to figure out what is the best thing to do. His father’s reaction to what he has done is equally interesting.
  2. The nod of approval Mark Rylance gives his son, Peter, after hearing him lie about George’s health in order to protect Cillian from any further trauma and distress.

Despite this, I really don’t understand why George had to die, it didn’t prove anything and it just made no sense – to me. His death and the ending it led to annoyed me quite a bit.

Final thoughts

Overall, it was great. I really liked Dunkirk, but something is holding me back from telling everyone I know to go and see it. I think the only thing that ruined it for me was the ending – the ‘inspirational’ Churchill speech left me feeling conflicted. The reason I liked Dunkirk was that it generally didn’t make war look satisfying or empowering – it looked painful. People drowned and were shot and bombed and killed in the name of the war – something so violent and meaningless. Dunkirk shows the true helplessness and heartache of World War II, up until the very end, but then they try and make us feel proud of it.

On a lighter note, I now have a new found love for Cillian Murphy and turtle neck jumpers.


(Warner Bros)



A Street Cat Named Bob

photo-29-11-2016-21-50-40A Street Cat Named Bob

I understand that not everyone reading this will be a cat lover, but don’t let that put you off. The story is really about James, a recovering drug addict and busker living on the streets of London – until his support worker, Val finds him a place to stay. It doesn’t take long before James finds an uninvited guest in his new home, Bob – a confident, ginger Tabby cat – who climbs through his kitchen window during the night and then never leaves.

James makes several attempts to find Bob’s original owner and return him but luckily is unsuccessful. While doing this he befriends Betty, a neighbour and animal rights activist who volunteers at a local vet; which comes in handy. From here on we watch their relationship grow and it becomes clear that the pair belong together.

Throughout the film, James struggles with his drug addiction – his road to recovery is the main plot of the story. He jeopardises his relationship with Betty by not telling her he has been involved with drugs. His dad’s new family don’t want him in their life due to his addiction, and he nearly loses his home by failing to keep up with the recovery program. Things seriously begin to change when Baz, an old friend James met while living on the streets tragically dies due to an overdose. This helps James realise he desperately wants to get clean and live a good life.

The film captures drugs in a very realistic way which I like because it helps us understand the story better than if they were to sugarcoat the issue. It shows us the harsh reality of homelessness and drug addiction and teaches us that people in James’ situation need help. Not everyone is lucky enough to be saved by a character like Bob, so it is important for films to raise awareness of these topics.

Although A Street Cat Named Bob was not a hugely popular film internationally, I still found it important to feature it on my blog as it brings awareness to many issues which are often overlooked in today’s society. I recommend this film to everyone reading – and especially to cat lovers because Bob (played by the real Bob) is so cute.

The official trailer for A Street Cat Named Bob can be watched here.

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