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When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
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REVISED: a couple of hours later.
I am revising my rating to three stars. The thing with movies is you only know for sure what is printed on the outside. Once you open a video, you can't return it. For whatever reason people think you are trying to pirate it. In any event, the picture of my disc did not anywhere claim to include the digital version. So I sent the first one back. The second one, I was going to just keep and buy the digital one anyway (against my better judgment). Well when I opened it, there was a certificate for renewing an UltraViolet version. I punched the code into VUDU and now have the digital item. So I am still giving this a 3-star rating because of the box. It is HIGHLY misleading.
Meanwhile, most youngsters should love this film, but some of the parts are only fitting for the entertainment sensibilities of a child who has not yet fully mastered language. Makes me squirm, yep, the "silly" can get painful, but I can't help watching Sandler's films...well, most of them.
But this one owns me as the bulk of the others do not.
Overall: It's a stupid movie but it's great for if you just want to watch something silly at home or feel like a kid again.
And that's not just because I once spent more than a few hours playing these classic video games with my son back in the day.
In truth, the plot is pretty thin but Adam Sandler, Kevin James and the rest of the cast make the most out of it; the music is great and so are the special effects.
This is a lighthearted movie with no pretensions; the kind of film designed to capture your attention with its visuals so if you're looking for great writing ala "On the Waterfront" don't waste your time or your money. That said, I have to admit that while this flick isn't going to win any Academy Awards for its dialogue there actually are some good lines in the movie - Michele Monaghan's rant about her soon-to-be-ex-husband's Pilates instructor girlfriend, is, for example, among them.
Director Chris Columbus keeps the film moving along at a nice pace, giving viewers an opportunity to enjoy the special effects without dwelling on them overmuch. In other words, he lets the actors act, not just serve as props to show off the CGI. In an era when CGI seems to dominate the film industry, I consider that a real plus.
Is it a classic?
However, if you're just looking for something that will entertain you for a little while on a Friday night when you don't feel like going out, I think you'll find that "Pixels" fits the bill nicely.
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It didn't get better. This film didn't just focus on games from the 80's, it seems to have the stereotypes and racism from the 80's too.
Couldn't get through to the end of the film, it was that bad, that is unlike me as I like to give films the chance to redeem themselves.
When is Adam Sandler going to realize that things have moved on in the world including the film industry?
It pinches the screaming relative scene straight from The Big Bang Theory.
Once again, we see the US saving the world, this time in England...where the racism was so bad, I could no longer watch.
Okay...the whole film is a joke film for children. It has a 12 Cert Rating! This is more like a film for 4 year olds.
Dreadful, do not buy.
The picture quality was good. I can't comment on the "extras", as I don't tend to watch them - sorry!
Would recommend to family, friends and others.