Thursday, July 23, 2015

I Made Your Game My Bitch

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
Monday night, Izzy & I were invited to a special preview screening of “Pixels” starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage & Josh Gad among others. Yes, this is the latest “Sandler movie” as it seems half of the country can’t stand are being made, and the other half are super stoked about. For me, it’s been a while since I really enjoyed a Sandler movie… like left it saying “I’d watch it again.” That being said, the man is one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all f**king time. Think about that for a second… Opera Man has been legitimately A-List… for nearly two decades. This movie revolves around a premise that… let’s face it… is pretty far-fetched & ridiculous (even when conveniently expositioned by Sandler & Dan Aykroyd in a cameo)… where in 1982, the video game championships are recorded (on beta max?) and sent into space… for some reason… and then an advanced race of creatures (Digital? Made out of light?) receives the video… and somehow sees it as an act of war against them… so this allegedly peaceful alien civilization attacks Earth… by challenging it to some of the old video games… like exactly represented version of the video games? So yeah, because apparently Navy seals don’t know how to play video games (in this generation?) nor fire guns and/or drive vehicles apparently… the President (James) has to call in his best buddy (Sandler) and the other two best gamers of 1982 (Dinklage & Gad) to help save mankind. Is the premise stupid? ABSOLUTELY!!! Even with disbelief, I’m hitting my forehead with almost every explanation of everything… but whatever, it’s a means to an end. What is that end? Sandler & the crew involved in their version of an action-comedy with the nostalgia of old video games, paired with some action scenes taken almost straight out of the Fast & Furious franchise and its ilk, throw in a ridiculous… repeat RIDICULOUS love story between Sandler & superhottie Michelle Monaghan (and another odd one involving Q-Bert) and BOOM!!! You’ve got this movie. Yes, it has funny moments. Yes, the 3-D effects will give you a f**king headache and really aren’t needed except for a few montage scenes. Yes, it’s full of cameos & probably going to make a few bucks for the movie company that made it. NO!!! It does NOT have San Francisco being destroyed by Pac-Man as it does in the movie poster… and thus is taking a bold new approach in the alien invasion / worldwide disaster movie genre. All that being said, go ahead and check it out. I had SUPER low expectations… and it was better than that. A perfectly average movie for me… but hey, you might REALLY enjoy it if you like these kind of movies. Enjoy!
This weekend, we'll be checking out Tahoe with the Aunties... so many pictures coming... until then, have a great weekend everybody!!!

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