|The games are aliveeeeeee!!!|
Pixels Review – What if your favourite childhood arcade games comes to life? (*am talking to you 80's kids!)
Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) and Will Cooper (Kevin James) are childhood friends who meet Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) at the arcade game world championship. There they befriend Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) who is in love with Lady Lisa (the main character of the game Dojo Quest). At the end of the tournament, Sam ties the score with Eddie ‘Fire Blaster’ Plant (Peter Dinklage) who eventually ‘beats’ Sam in Donkey Kong to claim the title. At the event, the host informs that a time capsule will be launched into space containing elements of the championships. Fast forward to the future, Earth starts to get ‘attacked’ by aliens in the form of the arcade games due to the misinterpretation of the said time capsule. The aliens send signal informing the location of the attacks. Sam, Will (who is now the President of United States) and Ludlow combine their ‘gaming expertise’ to try and defeat the enemy with the help of Eddie using weapons developed by Colonel Violet Van Patten’s team (Michelle Monaghan). The aliens have already won two (2) battles and if the ‘gamers’ lose the Donkey Kong fixture, it’s pretty much ‘game over’-pun intended for Earth!
Adam pairs up with Kevin once again with their usual slapstick jokes which are fast losing its charm. Don’t get me started on how on Earth did Kevin became the President of USA! Like wherttttttttt!!!??? Michelle was also reduced to play supporting role. Thankfully Peter provided some of the better lines for his role as the egotistical Fire Blaster. However, if you can overlook the stale banters and illogical election result, you will enjoy the colourful visuals along with the sound of the classic games. The locations for the attack are also interesting picked namely Hyde Park, Taj Mahal and New York. I almost felt like getting inside the movie to blast the aliens myself.
|...is that you Serena? *watch out for some cameos!|
Overall I felt both like a kid and adult watching this flick. Till now I still drop by the arcade place to stack Tetris, chase and eat the Pac-Man ghost. Perhaps you could take your younger ones to play these games right after watching the movie, spend some precious quality time.