Pixels – DVD Review

Official poster for Columbia Pictures’ film “Pixels” – Wikipedia

Last night I returned some library material to a branch that I don’t visit too often. Browsing the DVD section I saw a fresh copy of Pixels. I’d been curious about it, so checked it out.

I was drawn into the film fairly quickly. Being about 20 yrs in 1982, where the movie begins, it brought back a host of memories. Some good, some not so good.

Adam Sandler plays Sam Brenner, a “loser” working as a tech installer. His orange outfit even has the word “nerd” in the corporate logo. Sort of a cliche these days, one which I doubt actual tech installers would appreciate.

On the other hand, Sam takes on an attractive “snob” (Michelle Monaghan) who wouldn’t kiss him because of his lowly status. And he does it well. So the film is a bit more complicated than merely perpetuating harmful stereotypes.

What really grabbed me in this movie was its integration of early video games, 80s pop culture, and the idea of an ET invasion. If you extend your imagination a bit, I think this movie is pretty good. I laughed here and there. Yes, drifted a few times… but one can always hit the pause button and get a coffee or snack when that happens.

On the whole, I felt that Sandler and the supportive cast did a good job. I wouldn’t say “great” but again, it was the synthesis of old, new and the beyond that made the difference.

More or less panned on other web sites. I think this film was just a bit too clever for some learned “critics” whose minds are too regimented to appreciate a flick that doesn’t fit into the current sci-fi box.  True, it appears stupid and silly. One reviewer just called it “tediously bad.”¹ But something higher was going on. At least, it was for me.

Final word – Pleasantly surprised.


¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixels_%282015_film%29#Reception

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  1. Yeah it looks like a fun flick. A good no brainer for a lazy weekend after noon. Sounds like an interesting trip down memory lane for 80’s video gaming. I will have to check that one out. Cheers for the review


      • Anything thing with Adam Sandler in it holds pretty low expectations, thats why I watch stuff like that because expectations can get in the way of enjoyment. For this reason cheese an B movies can be a real treat. We can just disengage those old critical faculties. Sometimes we can even pleasantly surprised. Few and far between, but Sandler has had his moments. I loved him in the Wedding Singer! Looking forward to it. Great to hear from you man. Hope life is treating you well. Warmest regards!

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      • Yes that’s my philosophy too. Luckily our library has most of the pop DVDs so I don’t have to shell out to watch stuff (we already have with our tax dollars… Why pay again?). I keep my expectations low, and as you say… Am pleasantly surprised once in a while. Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to stuff. Just saw Charlie’s Angels (2000) tonight. I thought it could have been better. Enjoyed the old tv show more.😊

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