It seems the year simply cannot pass without us being subjected to an Adam Sandler movie and this year should be no different. However, this time around we’re not getting a complete Adam Sandler production where you have Dennis Dugan directing and Kevin James and Sandler’s old SNL pals starring. Well Kevin James is in this too but Pixels is a movie that looked kinda cool when I saw the trailers. Chris Columbus, the same guy behind Home Alone and the first Harry Potter movies is directing, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan are in this and they are two genuinely good actors. Finally I asked myself could we finally be getting a middling movie starring Adam Sandler?
Well the answer is no.
When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models. Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former video-game champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) in an all-out battle to save the planet.
Pixels is a movie that had the potential to be the next Ghostbusters or even the next Roger Rabbit. The premise, as silly as it is could have resulted in a fun and enjoyable movie but sadly that isn’t the case at all. The biggest problem with the movie is the poorly written script that seems to give absolutely no attention to creating even mildly interesting characters. Almost all the characters in the movie are clichéd and uninteresting people who you could not care less about, let alone count on to save the world. You have Sandler playing the unlikely hero only Sandler puts absolutely no effort into his performance and is phoning it in. Josh Gad is the geekish side-kick who’s mostly just screaming (SHUT UP!), Michelle Monaghan plays a one-dimensional weapon specialist who’s there simply to explain the tech mumbo-jumbo and serve as Sandler’s love-interest while Peter Dinklage is completely wasted. Not only is his character a forgettable one but for some reason they’ve stuck him with this idiotic accent that gets really distracting at times.
The comedy almost completely falls flat. The only funny moments from the movie – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – come from Kevin James. You know something is wrong when Kevin James is the best thing about the movie. Seriously though he’s actually funny as the incompetent president. I will say that the action sequences in which the Sandler and his team battle Pac-Man and all the other characters from the video-games are pretty good too but whenever that’s not happening the movie is boring, unfunny and just terrible to sit through. The movie might bring back some nostalgia for people who were born in 80’s but I wouldn’t recommend it. The best thing I can say about it is that it didn’t appall me like other Sandler movies such as Jack & Jill or Grown-Ups.