MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins
What It Is: When the world is under attack by classic video game characters The President of the United States (James) must try to figure out such a unique scenario. Luckily his best friend is the 1982 arcade game runner-up Sam Brenner (Sandler) who didn’t get his life together afterward to help save the day. When the military fails to pick up any steam against these “Space Invaders” it is up to Sam to and his Arcaders to save the world against some of classic gamings biggest icons.
What We Think: Pixels lives solely off its nostalgia. It’s a mindless brain numbing that practices is terrible joke that never get to the point. Peter Dinklage is wasted and phoned in the entire time. His terrible mullet is matched only by his awful “accent”, where the hell is he supposed to be from anyway? There’s certain running jokes that like most of the others just fall flat. It’s truly sad when you watch a movie and you can tell its going to be a piece of garbage. What is even more sad is when it turns out to be one. Sandler is once again his man-boy self just in a different package once again. Let’s not even talk about Kevin James being the President of the United States, they’re kidding right? I don’t even want to talk about how annoying Josh Gad is here.
Our Grade: D, It’s a splendor visually, but outside of that there are no redeeming qualities. In all honesty I don’t know what exactly I was expecting but it wasn’t this level of awful. I cannot in good conscious recommend this to anyone. Even people who think Sandler is still funny (also known as mental patients) this is a rung too low. What is most disheartening is that this films premise is amazing. It’s something that should have been really easy to make interesting instead it’s just run of the mill terrible.