Pixelsis one of those files that I’ve been dying to get a good look at. Not because I’m convinced that it will be a great film, but kind of the opposite: I have absolutely not idea how good or bad this film will be. Sure it lends itself to The Lego Movie style comedic action and nostalgia, but could that last long enough to sustain what could just as easily be a digital SNL short? Well we’re gonna find out, ’cause a trailer has officially dropped for the half animated half live action summer movie. But will it be a blockbuster? Let’s find out, courtesy of Sony Pictures:
Well that was… I honestly don’t think that helped me make up my mind. The action portion of Chris Columbus‘ looks pretty badass, and the way live action miscellany dissolves into CG pixels when attacked by the arcade characters is a gorgeous touch. We all got some looks at Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage as aged nerds taking on an alien horde that mistook ’80s video games as a declaration of war.
The question remains, as it always does with family action comedies, as to where the focus will lie. The reason this question is so much more important with this movie as opposed to say Night at the Museum, is the comedic cast. A good portion of movie-goers may consider not even humouring this film because Adam Sandler and Kevin James are holding the reins. Neither has had an astounding track record recently when it comes to features (the less said about Blendedthe better), and while the comedy looks solid enough, it doesn’t wow. However, this could just be a skewed view – the jokes may have been perfectly delightful coming out of someone else other than Sandler. Also the decent supporting cast us more than capable of picking up potential slack – and it is still potential at this point. In any case, I’ll be going to see Pixelsthis summer, and solve the mystery once and for all!
It’s been a while since we had a World War II-era feature that really popped. Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken premièred earlier this month and was on the right track, but ultimately failed to develop the momentum that was clearly expected of it. Now we have a follow-up with another heart-warming but placid attempt with super-Christian family film Little Boy. Nowhere near in the league of Unbroken, this meek little tale follows a boy who wants to bring his father back from the war, and discovers his faith has the power to do a lot more. Have a look and see what you think, courtesy of Open Road Films:
There’s something about Kevin James playing a kindly wise sage that to me is equally charming and foreboding. For a film that has a concrete cast, there’s very little to say about the film itself. No doubt families will be willing to sit through the bulk to get to the tear-jerking ending, but it’s hard to see any real draw for kids here. The film stars Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Rapaport, Kevin James and Jakob Salvati, and is directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Considering that the last two films released by Open Road were Nightcrawler and Rosewater, this has the potential to be a slight fall from grace for the studio. But who knows? Kevin James could save the whole thing. Stranger things have happened.
Sure, on paper it sounds like the scheme of a super-rich emancipated ten year old. But Pixels is becoming a reality whether we wanted to believe it or not. In a combined venture between director Chris Columbus and Adam Sandler, Pixels will pit a team of arcade game champions against giant pixelated aliens bent on destroying mankind. Now Sony have upped the ante by releasing three posters for the feature, each depicting a different arcade game favourite attacking the planet. Columbus’ last directorial gig was Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief in 2010, but he’s been keeping his wits sharp with a string of producing work on films like the Night At The Museum franchise, so we know he can still handle an action comedy when the situation calls for it. But for the moment we only have the posters to go on, so check them out, courtesy of Collider:
Not bad right? It looks good as a poster concept, now we just need to see if the film lives up to it. The good news is that the cast is solid, with names like Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox. Sandler and buddy for life Kevin James also star, but hopefully it won’t be just about them.