Aug 1, 2015

Pixels | The corny movie review by Navin

Chris Columbus (director of movies like Home Alone, Mrs Doubtfire and Night at the Museum 2) returns with a movie that he should've taken more time to conceptualize and create.

Playing at a theatre near you - 

Pixels 



Produced by Hollywood A-lister Adam Sandler's home production - Happy Madison Productions, Pixels is like popcorn and candyfloss. You are sure of the calories you will pile on, but it has absolutely no nutritional value at all. 

Spoiler alert!
So aliens got a time capsule which has images of arcade video games and believe they are being attacked. So what do they do? They launch a world-wide counter-offensive and the Americans launch a counter-counter offensive and (predictably and fortunately for the rest of us) win.
That is the entire premise of the movie. 

Adam Sandler shows flashes of comedic brilliance. The key word here being 'flashes'.
Kevin James (and may know him from movies like Paul Blart and Hitch) is POTUS. Yes, that's right! We have a tea-seller Prime Minister and they have an illiterate President. 
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is sparkling but under-used, considering how capable he could have been.

Pixels has all the CGI brilliance $80 million can buy, but won't make sense to you if you haven't played arcade-style games (which is possible if you grew up in some of the poorer parts of the world). 
The movie is visually-crowded with both CGI and guest appearances. Martha Stewart (!)

Would I recommend it?

Sure, after your lobotomy by the street quack. 
Avoid it like the Plague. But sure, if you just wanted an evening with mindless gags and one-liners, walk into the nearest multiplex. 
Maybe Adam Sandler thought this was a fun script and went on a vacation after that, or he just did this for the money. 

My Rating: 3

What does the ratings mean? 
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience

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