'The Emoji Movie' and Other Unsuitable Adaptations | NowThis Nerd
The end times are upon us as ‘The Emoji Movie’ opens nationwide. Join Kya Quinn for a look into other concepts that shouldn’t be made into movies.
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Humanity had a good run. We made the Pyramids, the Mona Lisa, and three good ‘Star Wars’ films. Now, that’s all about to change with the release of ‘The Emoji Movie.’ Rant all you will about the appropriateness of this adaptation, but it’s the latest in a long line of movies based on things that should never have reached the silver screen.
Like movies based on rides, for one. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ was great, but ‘Tower of Terror?’ ‘The Haunted Mansion?’ Sure, they’re a blast when you’re on them, but theme park ride adaptations don’t have a great track record for cinematic quality.
Neither do board game movies. Movies based on board games started off on the right foot with ‘Clue,’ but it’s been all downhill from there. With or without Rihanna, ‘Battleship’ was a bomb, and ‘Ouija’ was terrible too. But did you know there’s a movie based on ‘Candyland’ in the works? What about ‘Monopoly?’
Not all adaptations are as bad of an idea as ‘The Emoji Movie.’ Reaction to movies based on toys are more of a mixed bag. Everyone loves ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers,’ but the movies really weren’t so hot, especially the live action ones. Movies based on toys go beyond ‘80s classics. There’s a ‘Bratz’ movie, a ton of Barbie movies, even ‘Cabbage Patch Kids.’ Direct toy adaptations are pretty clumsy, but films like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘The Lego Movie’ are big successes and we’ll tell you why. Either way, they’re bad ideas but they don’t even come close to ‘The Emoji Movie.’
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