Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) love to play arcade games in the 80s. Now, they need to use their skills to save the world from invading aliens that misinterpret the classic video game feeds as a declaration for war. They need to win a series of challenges in order to save the world from massive destruction.
We don't really understand the hate the film is getting. Maybe a lot of critics love to bury Adam Sandler's films because of his laziness, but sometimes we really don't get the point. The Cobbler and Blended were not awful like Grownups 2 and neither Pixels, which finally gave something fresh to see in the cinema. Kevin James is also a target thanks to the ridiculous sequel of Paul Blart earlier this year.
We haven't seen the film in 3D and most of its visuals will be enjoyed best by wearing 3D glasses. Watching the classic games we used to love before like Pacman and Donkey Kong gives a crazy nostalgic effect as we used to play these games when I was still a kid. The idea they infuse in the story is quite messy, but still they manage to keep the film enjoyable as possible.
Adam Sandler is still stuck with his familiar character roots that eventually get the girl in the end forcing the romance which is not necessarily needed. However, he made us laugh a few times, but it was Josh Gad who took over into the driver seat in piling up some comedy. It is silly to see Kevin James playing as a president, but we think its fine while Peter Dinklage flirting time with Serena Williams brings him nowhere.
Overall, Pixels stumbles to provide a solid grip to sell its story. It may be a bit complicated to make a decent picture with this marvelous idea, but it still ends up entertaining just by bringing the nostalgic vibe and making the classic games come to life. It may look so silly but admit its a lot of fun.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars
Cast: Adam Sadler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Jog Gad, Peter Dinklage
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide