Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad
Budget: $90 000 000
Worldwide gross: $243 000 000
Genre: Comedy/Sci Fi
Aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Earths only hope are former arcade heroes who get an opportunity to relive their past.
Pixels is based off of a short film by the same name. It’s interesting to me that Hollywood can create a full length feature film from a short film that’s less then three minutes long. Chris Columbus brings a directorial pedigree that’s top ten in terms of children’s movies such as Home Alone (1990), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). What we have with Pixels seems like something that can be good, want’s to be good, but the humour of Sandler just doesn’t connect anymore. Sandler also produced the film which seems at odds with the Columbus style of directing and leads to a mismatch of ideas.
There are some interesting visuals and if you are over the age of thirty you might indulge fondly at a few…very few scenes that bring you back to the heady 8-bit, arcade days of your youth. I just can’t help feel that they missed something with this film, something that could have made it so much more. The head shaking comedy certainly didn’t help and neither did the humdrum storytelling. The fact that Brenner (Sandler) is down on his luck three decades after he lost an arcade tournament and it having a major role deep into to the movie is so uninspiring it’s hard to imagine how that got left in the script.
This film could have been better served if Steven Spielberg had been the producer. Making it an Amblin production would most certainly have better writers attached and instead of Sandler and friends Amblin could bring in quality actors that would better fit their role in a movie that should be made for young teens, not the few fans that Sandler has left.
I really hate to review movies that I dislike, I don’t like being negative because I know that I couldn’t write a script, couldn’t act or produce but seeing as I paid for this movie like a sucker that I have a right to express my opinions. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anybody, I don’t feel that it has any redeeming qualities other then a few neat nostalgic scenes but if that’s what you’re after just watch the two and a half minute Pixels (2010) (Short) or play some old video games on your phone.
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Thanks for reading, sorry for being a bummer…B
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