The first time I heard about ‘Pixels’ I thought it was a pretty neat idea. I mean, for a guy that grew up playing video games in the 80’s to see Pac-Man being used as a weapon of doom is super cool. I couldn’t wait to see that realized. Then I read it was a Happy Madison production and my heart plummeted from its high. I just knew that Adam Sandler would ruin this thing. Much to my surprise, it’s not Adam Sandler that ruins it or nearly ruins it. It’s Josh “the most annoying human being on the planet” Gad.
Oh, how I can’t stand Josh Gad. I don’t know who thought this guy was worth a nickel, but I’m getting tired of him. His shenanigans worked in ‘The Book of Mormon’ and his voice work was good in ‘Frozen’. Other than that, he’s not only bad. That might be something I could deal with. He’s is one of the worst actors working today and perhaps any day there has ever been. My father says he is okay on ‘The Comedians’, but his film work is garbage. I really wish someone would just put a stop to him.
Anyways, if it weren’t for him and about a dozen horrible gags then ‘Pixels’ might have been a really good movie. The special effects are really neat and the thrill of seeing live action versions of some of my favorite characters growing up was particularly nostalgic. Oddly, my favorite scene was the battle with ‘Centipede’. I’m not the biggest fan of ‘Centipede’, but the way it’s done in the movie is a lot of fun.
For those of you who don’t know, ‘Pixels’ is about a group of gamers who have to save the world when aliens attack using 80’s video games. These gamers consist of an electronics guy (Adam Sandler), a conspiracy nut (Josh Gad), and a criminal who calls himself the “fire blaster” (Peter Dinklage). The only one of them that’s remotely interesting is Dinklage, but he is saddled with the least amount of running time.
That’s really all there is to this movie. Oh yeah, Kevin James is somehow President of the United States. It’s quite bizarre, but used for a couple good laughs. There is a romantic sub plot involving Sandler trying to get with Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Monaghan. It’s pretty weak, but we get to see Monaghan smile a few times and she still has a winning charm. Lastly, there this super stupid thing about Josh Gad crushing on an 8 bit female that feels totally ripped out of the biggest loser handbook.
Overall, I would be crazy to tell you that ‘Pixels’ was a good movie. Yet, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to watch most of the time. You may roll your eyes as much as you laugh, but you will still have fun.