Recently went to see the new movie Pixels. Not to spill the bean, but cutting to the chase, the movie is what it is. I enjoyed it far more then recently Sandler movies. The movie is what you would expect without the old gang. Kevin James is in this one, but you won’t find the rest of the Sandler crew featured here. No Chris Rock, No Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Norm MacDonald. Which to be honest is a little bit of fresh air for those who love Adam’s movies and are waiting for him to “Grow Up” and put something of value back on the screen.
It begins with a formative moment at the 1982 arcade-game world championships, where 13-year-old gaming enthusiast Sam Brenner (Anthony Ippolito) narrowly loses first place to a mullet-wearing fast talking champion named Eddie “the Fire Blaster” Plant (Andrew Bambridge) after an ill-fated game of “Donkey Kong.” Some 30 years later, Sam (now played by Sandler) works a dead-end job installing home-entertainment systems in Washington, D.C. Faring somewhat better is his childhood best friend, Will Cooper (Kevin James), who is now president of the United States — a development that is wisely left unexplained. Conveniently, POTUS winds up turning to Sam and their other pal, Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), after a series of mysterious attacks by what appear to be characters from ancient video game templates.
I think anyone under the age of 50 would super enjoy it. Director Chris Columbus is able put the old video feel in a new age movie. Graphics were good, story line was far better then to be expected and the cast held their own in what you might of thought was going to be another ‘silly movie’. I would recommend it, feel free to take the children (Suggest ages 8 and up). Check out Fandango, purchase your tickets, hit the theaters and don’t forget to Grab The Popcorn.
Film Review: ‘Pixels’
Reviewed at Sony Studios, Culver City, Calif., July 14, 2015. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 98 MIN.
A Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a Columbia Pictures presentation, in association with LStar Capital and China Film Co., of a Happy Madison/1492 Pictures production, in association with Film Croppers Entertainment. Produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Allen Covert. Executive producers, Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jak Giarraputo, Steve Koren, Heather Parry, Patrick Jean, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon, Ben Waisbren.
Directed by Chris Columbus. Screenplay, Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling; screen story, Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean. Camera (color, Panavision widescreen, 3D), Amir Mokri; editor, Hughes Winborne; music, Henry Jackman; production designer, Peter Wenham; art directors, Richard L. Johnson, Peter Grundy; set decorators, Rosemary Brandenburg, Rosalie Board; costume designer, Christine Wada; sound (Dolby Atmos), Glen Gauthier; supervising sound editor, Steve Slanec; sound designer, Steve Boeddeker; re-recording mixers, Boeddeker, Gary Summers; special effects supervisor, Burt Dalton; special effects coordinator, Laird McMurray; visual effects supervisor, Matthew Butler; visual effects producer, Denise Davis; visual effects, Digital Domain 3.0, Trixter, Storm Studios, Atomic Fiction, Pixel Playground; special visual effects and animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks; stunt coordinator, Bob Brown (U.S.), Layton Morrison (Canada); fight choreographer, Peng Zhang; 3D conversion, Gener8 Digital Media Services; associate producers, Lyn Lucibello-Brancatella, David Witz, K.C. Hodenfield, Yuka Kato; assistant director, Hodenfield; second unit director, Bob Brown.
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski, Anthony Ippolito, Andrew Bambridge, Matt Lintz. (English, Hindi, Japanese dialogue)