Pixels, like most films featuring the great Adam Sandler, there is always the typical recipe for a successful film. The main character that doubts himself tremendously, the early discovery of a love interest, comical villains, guy falls in love with his love interest from the start, and everyone walks away happily ever after. I have to say this film did just that and I’m sure it’ll be a family film many will enjoy over the years.
The plot of the film is built around 3 good friends and an adversary that have a bound based on their passion for video games. They later grow up to be grown men and of the three friends one becomes the President Of The United States Of America (Kevin James as Cooper), another becomes the lead of a Geek squad cable company (Adam Sandler as Brenner), and the last becomes just a flat out obnoxious nerd (Josh Gad as Ludlow). They soon find themselves partnering up again in their later years to take on aliens that go on a rampage to attack the world. Although the US government has a spectacular armed forces they can’t quite figure out how to take out the video game attackers so they call on Brenner, Ludlow, and Eddie (Peter Dinklage) to help them beat the in-world video game attacks.
As for the acting, it was pretty good. Everybody’s characters shined through sharing their individual flair and mystique. Of them, all my favorites were Ludlow and Eddie. Just to give you a heads up Ludlow has plenty of jokes that will create gut busting laughter throughout the entire film and Peter Dinklage played his role perfectly. As Eddie, Dinklage made sure to be the showstopper whenever he walked into a room or would make an appearance. Def be on the lookout for his prison scene as it had everyone in the theatre cracking up.
When it comes to the overall story it’s a bit wonky but you get over it by enjoying the nostalgia of all of the classic games (Pac-man, Centipede, Tetris, Qbert, Donkey Kong, etc.) being featured in the film. Although, you might be over the love story in the film within the first ten minutes or so, you’ll definitely enjoy the parts that are hilarious. So be prepared to laugh and enjoy yourself.
The music for the film was pretty standard as it featured many of the pro-american classics like More Bounce To The Ounce by Zapp, We Will Rock You by Queen, and True by Spandau Ballet, etc. There was also a lot of fun poked at iconic figures of the past including Madonna, Hall & Oates, and Ronald Reagan which livened up the film as well. So there was definitely enough nostalgia to go around the room throughout the film.
In my humble opinion, I’d say this film isn’t a classic, but it’s not terrible either. It just edged the bar of being a typical good film to enjoy watch once and possibly share some of the quirky jokes stated in the film a few times. So if you’re looking to have a great weekend this film won’t make the weekend awesome but it’ll definitely give you something to talk about. Also, did I mention that Qbert makes for an awesome discussion later in the night when you’re thinking about a badass finish to an action-heavy film. Also, this film is available in 3D but I’d suggest saving your bread and just viewing the regular version as it didn’t add that much more of a dynamic to the film.
In closing, I’ll leave you with this. If you had your choice on who to take on a date who would it be with “Martha Stewart or Serena Williams?”
Go check it out this weekend!7
Acting score 8
Story score 7
Music score 7