We had watched “Pixels” last weekend. Here is our opinion on the movie about Aliens that put Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris and Co. in a competition with earth in order to destroy the world in case they win. To prevent this, the US government requests the help of the video game Cracks Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. Pixels is a motley, creative action animation hit with a lot of humor and 80s charm.
The early ’80s, NASA sent a video of the computer game World Cup into space to send out a peaceful greeting to aliens. These, however, understood the “video greeting” not as a peaceful message but as a declaration of war. More than 30 years later, the aliens want to destroy the earth. They send brought to life, pixelated game figurines to a large destructive attack on Earth. Only the Arcade Champions and gamer nerds Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) can prevent the disaster.
The candy-colored mix of action, sci-fi, comedy and animation is based on the short film by French director Patrick Jean from 2010 who at that time allowed the game characters to attack New York. In the Hollywood feature film “Pixels“, which was filmed in summer of 2014 and used about 90 millions of dollars in production costs, the game characters ate attacking now entirely in the style of “Independence Day” different targets in the world. Directed by comedy specialist Chris Columbus (Home Alone).
The highlight of “Pixels” is mainly that it is interesting for an extremely broad target group. Children and young people will have fun with the splendidly animated action and the typical sympathic loser humor of Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Adam Sandler convinces as pitiable, former games ace, which now works as an installer of hi-fi equipment and Kevin James simply rocks as absolutely incompetent US president. However, the top guy to laugh about is the Long Haired Donkey Kong World Champion Eddie Plant, who calls himself only “Fire Blaster”.
On the other hand the older movie goers will like the many successful allusions and references which are aimed at pop culture and music of the 80s. Moviegoers above 35 are welcomed with high charm and nostalgia factor of memories seeing Madonna, Max Headroom or US pop duo Hall & Oates, while in between hits by Spandau Ballet, Loverboy or Tears for Fears – whose “Everybody wants to rule the world gets a very special presentation by Josh Gade, are played. Not to mention the countless legendary game characters: From Frogger, Mario Brothers, the Smurfs to Pac-Man. The real , eerie-scary doomsday scenario does not become very present in this movie. It is anytime colorful, playful and entertaining, and that is why even children will have their enjoyment on this high-pitched Pixeled world.
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