“Pure video game nostalgia on the big screen”
Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Pixels before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
When invaders from outer space decide to attack Earth by taking the form of some of the most iconic arcade game characters, it’s up to a select group of old-school gamers (played by Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage) and the president of the USA (Kevin James) to defend the planet with their gaming skills in order to take down the likes of Pacman, Centipede and Donkey Kong among others.
Directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) ‘Pixels‘ is a new attempt by Adam Sandler to amuse audiences again, after releasing mostly cinematic fiascos in recent years, including the forgettable ‘Jack & Jill’ and ‘Grown Ups 2’. This time, Sandler leads the cast of what is clearly a big-budget comedy blockbuster; and, thankfully, he leaves all of the annoying sexual, racist and vulgar jokes behind and presents a simpler story more suitable for families. Furthermore, the addition of Peter Dinklage was a good move as he delivers one of the funniest bits of the film (with the help of some celebrity cameos as well).
The highlight of Pixels is, of course, its special effects and the good care taken with the iconic arcade video game characters. For many gamers, memories from an era without next-gen consoles will be revived as they enjoy identifying the tons of “pixelated” characters attacking Earth.
Obviously, Pixels won’t win an Oscar and nor will it be remembered as one of the best films of 2015. However, despite Kevin James’s dance moves and Josh Gad‘s weirdo character, the film manages to entertain most of the time and that’s all we can ask of an Adam Sandler, considering his previous movie failures.
Pixels – In Cinemas September 10