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Opinion of the Week (Jul. 26 ‒ Aug. 1, 2015)
Review: Pixels (2015) 8-
An alien invasion movie crossed over with a real-life video game movie. Wow, quite a fun combination that hasn't been done before, that makes it my kind of movie. Then again, it's an Adam Sandler movie, which makes it a pretty cheesy comedy with occasionally inappropriate humor. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage portray the video game players here (and Kevin James is also the president of the United States; don't ask me how a Paul Blart type character has the skills to successfully campaign for a presidential election; I don't know), and it's these video game skills that are recruited when aliens invade Earth imitating 1980's era video games. It's not a really well-written story, and it's not quality filmmaking, but there are some charming moments. I'm a nerd, and that's why I think that way; non-nerds will probably disagree. This isn't my favorite Adam Sandler movie, but it's my favorite PG-13 Sandler movie, and it's because he's a nerd, he fits the role well enough, he's not perfect at everything he does, but he's still an all-around good guy. I've never related to an Adam Sandler character more before. Mostly, this movie is just entertaining and funny. For example, one scene has the creator of the Pac-Man game having a moment with a pixellated Pac-Man creature. Another scene has two of the nerds trying to teach video game skills to serious looking military soldiers, and it's embarrassing and ridiculous to watch, but it's clear that the soldiers understand the importance of what they're getting into. Also, the various ways the nerds find love are interesting. Mr. Sandler delivers a great line about kissing. It kind of looks like the Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph inspired the potential for this movie to succeed, but I wish there could have been a direct Wreck-It Ralph reference.
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