Tempting though it might be to dismiss an entire movie told via emoji you should open your mind to the wonder and delight that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens rendered in galactically-approved ideograms.
Created by Disney, this 3 minute re-telling of last year’s supremely successful newest instalment in the iconic sci-fi saga works beautifully.
Cute yes – c’mon how could it not be?! – but a highly-effective form of storytelling that conveys all the narrative twists-and-turns (they even have SPOILER ALERTS!), all the emotions and the sense of grandeur and majesty of the original.
OK well may not completely but they come ridiculously close, proof that used well, emojis can be far more than just a text or tweeting accessory.
And as Collider notes, this short, pictographic gem covers a lot of ground in its all-too-short running time:
“It begins with an appropriately text-messaged opening title sequence and proceeds to the meeting of BB-8 and Rey, Finn and Rey on the run from Kylo Ren’s forces into the arms of Han Solo, the drama in Maz Kanata’s Cantina-esque establishment, and more.
“The most creative moments came with the firing of the First Order’s not-so-secret weapon (which played out as a lot of bomb emojis), the GIF of FN-2199 (the Stormtrooper that make meme history by shouting “traitor!”), and the mental interrogation of Kylo Ren (which included a Force match over the iPhone’s setting gage). It all ends with a wonderful segment of emoji John Williams conducting an orchestra of emoji Stormtroopers.”
Lots to see and enjoy and a galaxy to save. You’d better get cracking Emoji-Won Kenobi! (Yeah sorry for that #notsorry)