Adam Sandler’s latest yawner is Pixels. Sandler is Brenner, a 1980s video game champ grown up to be a geek. Best pal Cooper — played by Kevin James — is the president of the United States. The world is invaded by aliens who picked up a tape of a video game contest that was launched into space. Brenner lost the contest to Peter Dinklage’s Eddie.
The film’s draw is the invaders modeling their invasion after several of the era’s most popular games.
Director Chris Columbus — who did a couple of Harry Potter flicks early in the new century and Mrs. Doubtfire in the century before — directs. Longtime Sandler writer Tim Herlihy, who was behind some of Sandler’s — dare we say? — better movies, co-wrote. Video gamers from the era will likely find the effects and the games of their long lost youth irresistible.
If you’re really grown up, lost your mullet and have more mature things on your mind, this will bore you to tears. Pixels will drive you to ask a question I’ve been asking for a couple of decades. Why doesn’t Adam Sandler do something with all that God-given talent? The guy is impossible not to like, and when given something deep to do like in Reign Over Me or Punch-Drunk Love, he has decent chops as an actor.
I guess when you’re a multi-gazillionaire and everyone tells you how wonderful you are, you can do whatever you want. In Sandler’s case, his apparently favorite thing to do is bore people to death.