If you were an avid gamer in the 80s then a wave of nostalgia will hit you when you watch Pixels as your favorite games like Pacman, Donkey Gong, Tetrice and Centipede invade the screen as creatures from another planet.
Adam Sandler plays an avid gamer who is now doing a loser job. His best friend is the President of the US and when aliens invade Earth he is called in since the invaders look like they come from old video games. Can he get over his complexes and his sense of inferiority over a previous World Champion who defeated him at Donkey Gong and save the world? Of course there is a girl to be won over too.
The movie is pretty fast paced and filled with references to the 80s. The invaders use old TV heroes and pop stars like Madonna to deliver their messages and half the fun is trying to remember sitcom characters. The jokes are good and the end has a blaze of characters from all video games, enough to overwhelm you.
Pixels is a movie more for adults in that respect than for kids. Young kids may enjoy watching the animated games come alive without any references but without the same deliciousness that old timers who remember their days sitting in front of a PC trying to become Pacman champs. Good watch.