Pixels (2015) – Game Off

Chris Columbus‘ “Pixels” is actually not a bad film from all films starring Adam Sandler. I remember watching this film with all of my friends. Strangely, I really enjoy it. We laugh with Adam Sandler’s humor he spits on. So, what happens now? This is one of the best Adam Sandler worst movies I have ever starred in. “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star,” “The Ridiculous 6,” or even “Jack and Jill.” Not all his movies as bad. But, there are some who we consider as best. Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love” is an example. Adam Sandler plays a serious character in this film. Just like Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

However, I saw “Pixels” as a potential idea. Besides that, this film is just attracting more nerd and gamer audience. With an idea like this, “Pixels” isn’t Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” In addition, this film is said to be a copycat from one episode of “Futurama.” On the other hand, this movie presents a special uniqueness like a nerdy or nostalgic thing. It’s from our favorite classic retro games. As I said, “Pixels” don’t have so much effort and lose their potential from the start.

It’s about video game characters that invading a real world. Sounds cool, right? Actually, it’s just an alien who’s imitating as video game characters who want to destroy Earth. Why? Nobody knows and until now, I don’t even know why. Anyway, they are disguised as our favorite video games character. From Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Duck Hunt, Centipede, Q*Bert, all of them. The attack then made the aliens to accept a challenge for the truth of war. It turns out, not for the international game competition. Okay, this is epic.

Kevin James as the president of the United States, Will Cooper. He is looking for ways to be able to protect humanity from extinction. Now, I just can’t imagine if Kevin James got the role of president of the United States. Is that a real case or just mere sarcastic? In fact, his character doesn’t really describe how the president or other serious characters. Even though the movie tries to describe it so that it seems ridiculous, just why? Anyway, it’s getting quite complicated because normal weapons aren’t enough to defeat them.

Turns out, this isn’t the role of the military but this task is put over by a bunch of nerds. So, be proud of you! Just one question out of my mind, is it very skilled in video games means you really stick with using real weapons in reality? Is cheating in video games the same as in the reality as well as in the Pac Man scene? I mean, if I’m a “gamer” where they call it a term like playing zombie apocalypse games if there is a zombie apocalypse, in reality, it can also make you very stick with it in reality? Do you bring those ideas to reality? One word: tremendous.

Anyway, Kevin James knows someone who is an expert in this field, especially the challenge they provide in the form of video games that were so popular in the era of the 90s. He is Adam Sandler: the man, the myth, the legend. He is a former international game competition champion; ‘ex.’ The incident got complicated when Adam Sandler had to work with the military to destroy all enemies. Although there are various perspectives between nerds and militaries, nerds are finally the top of the pyramid so that the military and the world will admit that gamers aren’t the trash of society. Take that, world; because if we are all united, no one can defeat us all – in video games, not in real life.

“Pixels” as intended to reanimate a nostalgia effect for the old memories of playing video games rather than playing “Fortnite” or your favorite 4K video games. Millennials will never know the depiction of 90s generation is. The movie refers more to comedy that is so devastating than to pay more attention to aspects of the 90s video games nuances and from here, the film loses all its potential. Adam Sandler seems to stick with his trademark, his own humor as well as films he starred in and didn’t want to change and keep up with the times. In fact, he should have better understood how his audience would think about retro games, especially in the 90s. But for Sandler, he cast-off this potential so that the film was just a gimmick about video games or something like that.

The video game characters that appear in the real world are actually quite interesting at the beginning of the story. Depictions of the characterization of backgrounds such as the first opening scene and all popular video games such as “Galaga”, “Centipede”, “Duck Hunt”, “Donkey Kong”, and others. The movie is not such a case. There are so many things that really seem interesting in this film but it seems like it’s too pushy and trying so hard.

The story was so devastating and mixed in all way. At first, it was in the 80s. We see the lives of children in that year, nerds, geeky, arcade machines, and video games competitions. Until the movie skip it away in the future – not too far – where an alien invasion happens. This film is a fantasy and a bit of futuristic because of that 8-bit thing or character. But, let’s talk about the actor in this movie.

Well, what do you expect about Adam Sandler was in this movie? Apart from being a frontman along with Josh Gad and Kevin James, there is nothing interesting. Adam Sandler who portrays his character of a nerd with a reliable gamer is always out of character because of the humor that Adam Sandler spoke out. Just like other humor, Adam Sandler uses his typical style of humor in the form of sarcasm that only seems cringe.

Sometimes, the movie really sticks with it and sometimes, I find that where this movie is quite funny like Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, I sometimes find his character so funny but the rest, it’s nothing. Peter Dinklage as Eddie is a phenomenal character, only for this film. There are not many roles that are in addition to being a supporting cast for Adam Sandler but it’s just bad this film closes and get rid of those aspects.

“Pixels” gives a nostalgic feel to a film that ruins its potential from the start. There isn’t enough about Adam Sandler in this movie. Like the films, the movie actually becomes a gimmick in the form of retro video games in front of it. The rest, it’s just nothing and nonsense of the movie. Even though I seemed to be expecting “Ghostbusters”, “Pixels” was just a disappointment and didn’t really understand the audience itself. In fact, the trailer is better than the movie. I read the synopsis in a magazine before the film premiered. There was so much hope that was wasted where it wasn’t enough to fulfill it. Adventure, fantasy, video game characters, just epic. “Pixels” is a painful slap in our butt for both nerds and geeks.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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