Cast of this movie aside, being directed by Chris Columbus (the man who had his hand in such classics like The Goonies, Gremlins, and the Harry Potter series) is a promising aspect to this whole situation. While some of the jokes may fall flat, like accepting Kevin James as the POTUS, for the most part the humor hits its mark. Sandler plays the typical frumpy, down in the dumps character he usually plays but this time around it fits into this story making it work for him. Throw in a cast of fantastic supporting characters like James (Here Comes the Boom), Josh Gad (Frozen, Book of Mormon), Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Peter “F’ing” Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Elf) and you’ve got a supporting cast the elevates this film to the fun level that it reaches.
Lastly and what is most important about this movie is the nostalgia it brings to people who were children of the 80’s like myself. From Donkey Kong to Q-Bert, Madonna to Fantasy Island, the references contained in this film are sure to bring flashbacks to anyone who remembers that great time as well as a smile to your face.
Do what I do when I go into a movie…. Leave reality at the door and enjoy yourself for what a movie really is… entertainment. Do that for Pixels and I can promise you will leave happy having just gone for a fantastic, fun ride and a great way to wrap up the summer movie stretch.
OFFICIAL REVIEW: 7 out of 10