Pixels will take you back to the 80’s, totally dude! I give it a B- for its predictable storyline and the idea that Kevin James could be president.
In 1982, Adam Sandler’s character wins second place in a national video game championship. The footage is sent up in space in the hopes of connecting with life on another planet. And it does over twenty years later, only problem is that the aliens think the video is a challenge and sets up various life or death video games.
With clips of old 80’s shows like Fantasy Island and music icons like Hall and Oats or Madonna, people over the age of 35 will understand and grasp much of the humor. We lived the times when to play video games, you went to an arcade with strange square shaped warriors. Like many of Adam Sandler’s movies, there’s moments of humor among the awkward acting and sarcastic dialogue. Not to mention the nepotism of his wife and children as well as Kevin James’ kids appearing in each of his movies.
From early on in the movie, you know Adam’s going to save the day and win the girl but it’s the quirky moments which will have you laughing out loud. Pixels has a nostalgic feel much like the old Ghostbusters where four geeks must battle their childhood heroes, wearing jumpsuits and laser-like light guns. Even Dan Aykroyd and his Crystal Skull Vodka makes a guest appearance.
This might be a good movie to watch at home with your children so you can explain to them about how we had to go to arcades and put in quarters to play video games which were only 2-D images. It could be a father-son bonding moment.
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