When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of classic video games.
When Pixels first came out, critics and fans were both very skeptical and very critical of it. I, however, was pleasantly surprised by it. Maybe it's because I had heard all of the bad things first and was going in with lower expectations, but whatever the reason may have been I thought it was actually not a bad movie. At the very least, it's one of the best that Adam Sandler (Sam Brenner) has done in recent years.
The idea of the story is so fresh and new to pretty much all audiences. The concept of people actually being in and living out the classic video games has almost never been done before (except in Tron. We don't talk about Tron.). It's such an original script that about 30-45 minutes into it, you actually forget that it is a Sandler movie because its such a cool idea. It was a nostalgic movie, being about games that many of us grew up playing, but also kept a very original story going that made us almost want to be there being a part of the action with them.
Typically, most Adam Sandler movies don't really use that many special effects, and when they do, they aren't always great. Pixels is an exception to that statement. I was very impressed with the special and visual effects in the movie. The final battle scene with Ludlow Lamensoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) fighting against an army of pixel aliens looked awesome, as did all of the others, but that scene in particular stood out to me.
With a director like Chris Columbus (Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire), you can't expect anything less than for the movie to look great; and look great it did. Many of the sequences that happen in this movie you won't find anywhere else. The PacMan chase scene in particular is one of my favorites because where else are we going to see a group of Mini Coopers chasing around a giant PacMan? The answer is nowhere. That scene was so well done one Chris Columbus' part, as well as Sandler, Gad, and Dinklage. That scene in particular has one of my favorite car chase moments ever: when Sam is being chased by PacMan through the parking garage and leaps off the edge to A) escape being eaten by PacMan B) kill PacMan at the last possible second was a very well-created moment within a very well-created scene.
The movie's weakest link, however is the way that some actors filled their roles. While, generally, the acting was not bad as a whole, some actors did not fill their roles fully, i.e. Kevin James as the President of the United States (AKA Cooper) was not the greatest casting choice. The best thing you can do to get past that is to just force yourself to swallow the fact that "this is the casting choice they made, this is the role that the guy is playing, he's the President, deal with it," which isn't a good mentality to have towards a character, especially when they play as central of a role as James does.
People gave this movie a lot of harsh criticism for the sole reason that it was a Sandler movie, but with a fun and original story like this one, it is one of Sandler's best movies that he has done recently. Pixels excels in several areas, and gave us some very cool and memorable visuals and scenes, all full of a combination of excitement and nostalgia that made us wish that we were there in the middle of the action with the Arcaders. It does admittedly have its flaws, but is still worth seeing.