3D (2015/Sony Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)
Picture: B Picture: A Sound: A- Extras: B Film: B+
Columbus' Pixels (2015) got a bad rap before it was even given
a chance, which is disappointing, because it was surprisingly good.
What I mean by this is that it was entertaining, funny, and engaged
the audience in not only a playful way, but a nostalgic was as well.
see, it feels like these days everyone is too quick to jump the gun
when they see Adam Sandler as the main character in anything, because
they want to see over the top comedies such as Billy Madison
and Happy Gilmore, but those people need to take a moment to
think realistically and relax. Adam Sandler is listening and trying
to recreate some magic moments, but if you take those characters out
of your frame of mind, you will enjoy his new story here.
Pixels, you have the main character, Brenner (Adam Sandler), who
from a young age wants to make something of himself and go to a good
school, but enters a world video game championship with his best
friend Cooper (Kevin James) and loses to Eddie "Fireblaster"
(Peter Dinklage), which makes his life take a turn for the worse.
They also meet a younger kid by the name of Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh
seems that everyone's life takes a turn for the worse except for
Cooper (James), who goes on to become President of the United States
of America, which was a shocking role for Kevin James in my opinion.
When you first see Cooper (James) on screen as President you may want
to go back and rewatch again just to make sure, but as you watch you
can see what they were going for when they decided to make him
President. It is not the worst decision in the world, but they
should have picked a side between if he was going to be the
outstanding President or the party goof that everyone ends up loving.
When thinking of the President, you do not really see a marriage
between the two.
there is one thing that needs mentioning about Pixels it is
that it takes a good 10 to 15 minutes to get any traction. However,
once it does start you are in for a real treat. The shining star of
the movie is Ludlow (Gad), who not only delivers all the lines and
mannerisms that make us laugh and keeps us watching, but also saves
the film. It was refreshing seeing Josh Gad, work alongside Adam
Sandler because it almost showed how some people's comedy tastes have
evolved from the goofy crude older Adam Sandler movies to the awkward
and uncomfortable humor that Gad delivers in this film.
needs to also be noted that Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan also
deliver great comedic performances in Pixels. Peter Dinklaage plays
Eddie, who is an egotistical man that has a creepy obsession with
Serena Williams and Martha Stewart, which is again a source of the
awkward humor that is now the new norm for comedy. Michelle Monaghan
plays Violet, a very stunning woman who works for the United States
military and is a pretty tough gal.
is presented in 1080p 2.35 X 1
MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition image has
some good 3D effects (like the Centipede & Pac-Man, even if it is
sometimes latter iterations of the famous characters), but after
testing it on more than one 3D system, the color for some reason is
weaker here in the 3D version throughout (not just gets weaker) than
the 2D 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital
High Definition image transfer that looks visually stunning,
even though the aliens that are the classic arcade games are pixels.
There is a certain way about them that makes the colors pop and shows
up very well on screen in 2D here, so why not 3D? The audio is a
lossless English DTS-HD MA 5.1 mixdown from its Dolby Atmos 11.1 &
Auro 11.1 preferred theatrical sound presentations, delivering
powerful surround sound that makes you feel like you are at the
theater and the dialogue, as well as, the classic arcade noises come
through crisp and clear.
bonus features on Pixels include The Creator of the
Machine, The Space Invader, PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga,
Q*Bert, Dojo Quest, and ''Game On'' Music Video by Waka Flocka
Flame ft. Good Charlotte. It also includes a digital copy for
your additional enjoyment.
Jordan Whiteko & Nicholas Sheffo