Don’t bother too much with the plot of Pixels – the filmmakers certainly didn’t – in which a bunch of nerds, played by Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage, are called upon by the President of the United States (Kevin James) to save the earth when aliens attack disguised as giant versions of 80s video game characters.

It’s a slim premise, but Home Alone director Chris Columbus employs nifty special effects to liven up the proceedings. So a gargantuan Pac-Man chomps his way through New York City, and a menacing Donkey Kong hurls barrel after barrel at Sandler and his crew, who must fight back using the skills they acquired in those video game arcades as teenagers. Meanwhile the lovely Michelle Monaghan shows up as a military scientist and obligatory love interest for Sandler. And even the Taj Mahal disintegrates into a heap of shiny bricks.
 
Sounds like fun? Only sporadically.
 
I’m going with two out of five. It’s an improvement on most of Sandler’s recent comedies. But that’s faint praise.
 

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