These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.
Upon hearing of this film, it was laced in controversy. I use the term lightly, but everyone was saying how it was basically a FUTURAMA episode (for the life of me, I can’t remember which episode that was). Apparently, it’s really based on a French short film of the same name, which probably doesn’t help its own case. Anyway, I knew this was the more well-known movie coming out this week, next to PAPER TOWNS and SOUTHPAW. I had pretty low expectations going in as I haven’t been too big an Adam Sandler fan as of late. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA aside, his last truly great film was back in 2007: REIGN OVER ME. But I needed a night out, so I decided to catch this flick.
Starring: Adam Sandler (THE WEEK OF , HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA , PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE , HAPPY GILMORE , and the upcoming HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION ), Michelle Monaghan (SLEEPLESS , PATRIOTS DAY , and the upcoming MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT ), Kevin James (HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, and the upcoming HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3), Josh Gad (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS , ANGRY BIRDS , and upcoming films LITTLE MONSTERS  and ARTEMIS FOWL ), and Peter Dinklage (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR , THREE BILLBOARDS , THE BOSS , and the upcoming THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 )
Support: Brian Cox (SUPER TROOPERS 2 , CHURCHILL , MORGAN , and the upcoming THE PRETENDERS ), Sean Bean (YOUNG MESSIAH , THE MARTIAN , and the upcoming WATCH THE SKIES ), Jane Krakowski (FLINTSTONES: VIVA ROCK VEGAS ), Dan Aykroyd (GHOSTBUSTERS ), and Ashley Benson (ELVIS & NIXON )
Director: Chris Columbus (PERCY JACKSON: THE LIGHTNING THIEF , HARRY POTTER: SORCERER’S STONE , HOME ALONE )
Writers: Tim Herlihy (RIDICULOUS 6 ) and Timothy Dowling (THIS MEANS WAR )
Composer: Henry Jackman (JUMANJI 2 , CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR , KINGSMAN: SECRET SERVICE , and upcoming films RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2  and TRIAL BY FIRE )
Cinematographer: Amir Mokri (BIRTH OF THE DRAGON  and the upcoming SUPERFLY )
Editors: Peck Prior (WISH UPON  and the upcoming TACO SHOP ) and Hughes Winborne (FENCES )
This is my honest opinion of: PIXELS
In the early 80s, 13 year old Sam Brenner (Anthony Ippolito), best friend 13 year old Will Cooper (Jared Riley) were some of the best arcaders around, dominating games like Pac-Man, Centipede, the like. Taking their skills to an arcade tournament, they meet up with an 8 year old Ludlow Lamonsoff, whom Sam and Will offer their friendship to the lonely boy, and Sam’s arcader nemesis, the diminuitive and snarky 13 year old Eddie Plant (Andrew Bambridge). The two end up going head-to-head in Donkey Kong. Sam loses, but the cool thing is that their gaming has been recorded by NASA to be sent to space for a peace-making program in case they encounter alien life. Fast-forward to the present, Sam (Adam Sandler) lives as a technician who installs televisions, Will (Kevin James) became President of the U.S., Ludlow (Josh Gad) became a conspiracy nut, and Eddie (Peter Dinklage) is in jail. Before they know it, alien contact is indeed made, but it appears that they took the message of peace the wrong way and began attacking in the form of pixelated characters from the classic arcade games, such as Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaga, and many others.
No, this movie isn’t good. BUT… but, I was indeed laughing my ass off every minute or so. I honestly couldn’t tell you if the jokes were genuinely funny, or if they were so bad they were funny. In all likelihood, I was too drunk off my ass to really care.
Honestly, anyone who’s anyone could spend an entire day going through what’s wrong with this movie and never really convey how much it brings the movie down. Like, NASA sending ONLY video game footage into space instead of anything else that might have avoided something like a message being taken the wrong way, how a real life Pac-Man can literally change the color of a car, actually follow the game’s rules that turning the cars blue make them vulnerable, and there’s just so much shit in the movie that is so horribly atrocious to cinema… I found myself having an incredible blast watching it.
There could also be an argument that a majority of the movies I’ve seen this month have been underwhelming after setting my expectations so high for them, and my expectations for PIXELS was so small that it would have been hard to disappoint me more than I could have been.
But in all honestly, as bad as the movie is, I do have to say that Dinklage is probably the saving grace of the movie as he is genuinely funny. You could say Sandler and James are just being themselves, but Dinklage is clearly not the same character he’s ever played. He’s a riot. And I’m usually not a fan of Gad, but he had some funny deliveries of dialog. He and Dinklage are clearly the only ones given anything to work with and they are clearly having fun with the roles.
This movie is crazy stupid, but if you’re going in hoping for an intelligently written movie… THE @#$% IS WRONG WITH YOU??? IT’S 8-BIT ALIENS IN THE FORM OF VIDEO GAME ENEMIES ATTACKING EARTH!!! THERE’S YOUR FIRST SERIES OF RED FLAGS!!! But if you’re looking for mindless fun, I’d say this is right up your alley.
My honest rating for PIXELS: 2/5 movie, 5/5 drunk-entertainment value