Crock of sprite
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray 3d/Blu-ray/ Blu-ray steelbook/dVd
Director Chris Columbus
Cast adam sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter dinklage, Josh Gad, sean Bean
There’s a neat germ of an idea for a fun movie here – what a pity it never actually grows into a fun movie.
The planet is being attacked by aliens in the form of characters from ’80s arcade games: Pac-Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong and so on. Recruited to save Earth are a trio of expert gamers from back in the day, one of whose mates (Kevin James) has, somewhat surprisingly, become President and is directing defences. Actually, scratch “somewhat surprisingly” and make that “absolutely ridiculously”: it sums up the gleeful idiocy of Pixels.
Also characteristic of the film’s silliness and laziness is the way the battles with the invaders are very literal re-interpretations of how the games were – the Pac-Man battle in particular makes no sense. It all boils down to characters shooting things with big guns. Ghostbusters got away with it – Pixels crashes at the loading stage.
Extras On the DVD, just two featurettes (seven minutes) and a Good Charlotte music video. Blu-ray buyers get a further six featurettes (19 minutes). Four of these look at specific sequences; the others concern cameo roles for Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani and a competition winner. Russell Lewin
Look out for a cameo from a certain computer-generated ’80s music presenter well known for his shades and sharp suits.
Karl found his driving test more challenging than he expected.