Directed by Chris Columbus
Written by Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Jane Krakowski and Sean Bean
Pixels is about former video arcade wunderkinds who are recruited by the U.S. military to stop a race of aliens from destroying Earth with real versions of classic arcade video games. Pixels is not a good movie; it just may be the worst movie that I have seen so far this year. The film is dull and for a movie that runs just over 100 minutes it drags.
Pixels has many things going against it, but the primary weakness of the film is in the script. One of the things wrong with the writing is that this movie is a comedy, and many of the jokes fell flat. Although for what it is worth Dinklage and Gad do manage to land a couple of jokes. The biggest flaw in the script is that the film does not know what its audience is. The movie was written with a heavy emphasis on the 1980’s nostalgia and the audience in mind for this film was most likely the people who were adolescents in the 1980’s. However, the tone of the movie was for the youths of 2015.
While Pixels is one of worst films of the year, it is not without its merit. The one thing that works in favor of the movie is the visual FX. The VFX looked great and the video game stuff was well executed. The video game stuff was the highlight of the film. When the aliens attack they attack, they attack as a particular video game i.e. Pac-Man. While the attack is in progress, they are beholden to the rules of the specific game i.e. Pac-Man.
Pixels is full of 80’s nostalgia and not much else, not even the end of the world stakes are fully devolved. 2/5. Also, Sean Bean does not die in this movie.