7.24.2015

Poorly Pixelated


Poor Adam Sandler. He hasn't really had a big hit in some time. Then again, can anyone really pity the man when he puts in such minimal effort into the majority of the roles he takes? Most of the time he's resigned to his comedies (romantic and otherwise) produced by his company Happy Madison Productions and over the last ten years or so, pretty much sleepwalks through the parts. There are minor exceptions with the small films he takes, but that just doesn't seem to happen too often. When I heard about the plot of Pixels, I thought it sounded like a fun original(ish) movie. And then I heard it starred Adam Sandler and Kevin James. But....maybe it could be good despite them?


Sandler plays a former arcade prodigy whose life never amounted to much, that is, until aliens invade the earth with Nintendo like Pixel technology. After receiving a floating time capsule from the 80's that celebrated old video games, the  aliens mistake it as a challenge from Earth. The plot is insanely wacky and ridiculous, but could the right actors pull it off?


Unfortunately, Pixels is just about what you'd expect given its lead actors and never manages to rise above them. Though, maybe with all those negative reviews flooding Rotten Tomatoes (the film currently sits at 19%), your expectations will be just low enough to find this somewhat enjoyable. While it isn't completely without its moments (though I counted and for me there were about four of them,) a good majority of the film was throwing jokes at the wall that didn't really stick. The action sequences on the other hand actually seemed like there was more thought put into them...but they're pretty few and far between. Basically if you want a constant video game-like movie you'd be better off watching Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It's unfortunate though because with the right people involved this could have been a really fun movie. As it is, it just becomes another unforgettable Adam Sandler flick. While it is probably the best thing he's been a lead actor in doesn't say much and it's definitely more in spite of him. He brings nothing to the role, but his co-stars fare a little better. Peter Dinkalage and Josh Gad seem to be having the most fun while Michelle Monaghan does her best to play the straight man. Jane Krakowski is completely wasted as the First Wife to Kevin James' president. Pixels is hardly the worst thing I've seen this year...just very forgettable and a wasted opportunity. EMILY RATING: 5/10

3 comments:

Johanna said...

Ouch. Now I feel bad for trying to push it on Niel and his boys.

Sarah said...

Well, that's too bad. Is it even good enough as a child's movie?

Emily said...

Kids won't mind it I guess...