MOVIE PREVIEW: "PIXELS" - Et tu, Pacman?

( - I received an invite to see a film called "PIXELS," and after seeing a pixelated version of an obvious Donkey Kong, I was sold on seeing this movie.  If you know me, I love video games, but I especially love old school video games!  Given the recent excellent blueprint for video game movies (albeit a cartoon), "Wreck-It Ralph," with all of their gems of Easter egg type movie inputs, I had high hopes for this film.

I was given the following synopsis of the movie:

SYNOPSIS: In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.

President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

CAST: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox

I liked the concept, I like the cast, so this was a definite for my movie viewing list.

I refuse to truly give away any of the story line, but I must say this: For me, this is a Redbox rental. 

Overall, this movie has a great concept, but truly fails to deliver on the story line.  At times, the movie was down right lethargic at spots.  As aforementioned, I love video games and I also love video game movies, but I think that I would have been content seeing this one at home on a decent surround sound system, on Blu-Ray, for $1 and some change. Sony did an decent job of making the 3D experience cool, so if you do see it, you may want to consider seeing it in 3D.

I realize that I have a high standard when it comes to films at times, so I always want to get the opinion of those who saw the film with me.  The common theme was that this is a decent film.  I noticed a lot of older men enjoyed seeing some of the Atari characters that we used to playing back in the day of quarter operated machines.  With children, the characters were hit or miss, because unless you force feed your children old school games, like me, then they will not recognize too many characters. 

I actually experienced the shyest group of movie watchers ever this time, but one person, Marvin, decided to be brave and put his honest thoughts up for internet immortality!

Marvin proudly holding a PlayTime Cares business card!

The film is definitely worth watching, but for the price of a movie ticket, concessions and gas getting to the theater...just Redbox it and get something hot and ready!

  Marvin gives his thoughts on PIXELS






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