When you think of Pixels, you are instantly taken back a few years, to your childhood, where your PlayStation and your Nintendo were your best friends. This new release is the exact same film, which promises to take you down nostalgia lane with its focus on old 8-bit gaming! While we all know that the film is our childhood fantasy come true, it also showcases what happens when game characters we’ve grown to love, turn against us!
When NASA sends video feeds of popular culture references from the present in an attempt to make contact with extraterrestrial forces, something goes horribly wrong. Within the feeds, there are popular video game characters, like Pac Man and Donkey Kong. Sent as a gesture of goodwill, but received as something completely different, the aliens misinterpret the video games as hostile and violent, and take form of the 8-bit video game characters, and invade the Earth! The President of the United States calls in every gun he has, but the Army and the Navy fail at keeping the world safe, and the President calls in his gamer buddies to take care of these pixelated foes!
Pixels has already made waves at the worldwide box office, with the fact that it has a life sized Pac Man and Donkey Kong. The dot devouring character has been made bigger and hungrier, and he seems to want to eat everything in his way! The film also stars Kevin James, who plays the President of the United States, and one of the main protagonists of the film. Apart from James, the film also stars Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage, all of whom are old childhood gaming buddies. While Sandler and James are a house on fire on screen, with their effortless chemistry and charisma, Dinklage is going to be seen in a new avatar after his stint on popular TV show Game of Thrones. Dinklage will be called Eddie Plant, or Fireblaster in the film, and will be seen rocking some cool shades and a creepy mullet!
The film also has the Pac Man Ghosts, except this time, they’re cars. And not just any cars, they’re supercool Mini Coopers. Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde are back, and they sure look good! While the film opened recently at the box office, the response hasn’t been huge, but has been a little mellow. Even with some amazing CGI, most movie goers and critics haven’t gushed about the film. However, the film is a fun watch, if you’re looking for some nostalgia!