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18 March 2015, 11:37
Sony's feature-length adaptation of a viral video looks like "Independence Day" meets "Wreck-It Ralph".
Let's be honest; No-one will blame you if you lost all interest in Adam Sandler's career after the godawful Jack & Jill. It was, in many ways, a final straw for comedy fans everywhere. But Hollywood's Weird Uncle might be back on the rise; after a surprisingly good job of shooting it straight in last year's Men, Women and Children, Sandler and some other familiar faces are taking on video games - literally.
The first trailer for Pixels debuted online last night, and it's... kinda nuts. The premise is that alien life discovers the time capsule sent into space in 1982, that featured examples of Earth life and culture; music, books, and clips of video games. Really.
In a hilarious misunderstanding, the aliens see the likes of Donkey Kong and Pac-Man as a threat, and send giant, real-life, ultra-violent versions of the beloved 8-bit icons to destroy the planet. REALLY.
And only 1980s video-game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler) can stop them. REALLY.
Honestly the premise seems a little terrible, but if like me you're a sucker for retro nostalgia and unapologetically silly blockbusters, then this might not be as cringeworthy as it looks on paper. Although we're not sure that we can get behind a world where Kevin James is President.
Plus this moment where real-life Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani comes face-to-face with his "son" might be the best movie moment of the summer.
What a lot of people probably won't realise is that Pixels is an adaptation of a short video with the same name, that had some viral success back in 2010.
In this independent creation from Patrick Jean, a giant pixelated cloud flying above a city gives birth to giant and terrifying versions of beloved retro characters, that run amok and turn the planet into one giant pixel. For a 2010 indie video, it was pretty stunning.
If you like the concept of Pixels, but would rather skip all the unnecessary blockbuster fluff, then check out the original production below.