Quick and dirty: As a 1980s girl gamer, I REALLY wanted PIXELS to be a movie to love. Unfortunately, the script and acting are totally pixelated.
Oh dear. Don’t you hate it when a movie you had high hopes for misses the mark completely? Admittedly, high hopes might be overstating the case when it comes to the new Adam Sandler flick Pixels, but the movie could have had potential in a nostalgic, Ghostbusters way. The problem, according to critics at RottenTomatoes.com, is that the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be, but everyone can agree on one thing that it definitely is: really bad.
As a parent, I am always looking for movies that I can take my daughter to or recommend for families. As much as I loved Pac-Man, Centipede, and Donkey Kong growing up (I guess I was a girl gamer back in the day), the movie is nothing more than a marketing grab. Cashing in on the nostalgia of Gen-Xers, this is going to make those thirty- and forty-something parents want their hard-earned quarters back. It’s too raunchy to be a family film, and the lead actors and filmmakers didn’t care enough to make it a fun and cool grownup film.
And I’m sorry, I just can’t love a movie where a Smurf gets killed, even if he is just Pixels. Check out a great full review of Pixels at Common Sense Media.
Quick and dirty: Paper Towns is a light but poetic coming-of-age movie for young adults that explores teen relationships in a very real way.
If you read my review of The Fault in Our Stars last year, you know that I cried my eyes out. The movie based on the young adult literary hit of the same title by John Green takes a lot out of you, dealing with weighty themes of redemption and death. This summer, director Jack Schreier brings us Paper Towns, exploring a different side of the teenage soul via a relationship between Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne). It is one, according to my friend Bilge at Vulture, that is poetic and refreshingly real. This movie is both a coming-of-age story and a mystery, and explores the nature of young friendship more than it does young love.
This movie won’t have you reaching for the tissues, but it will have you smiling and enjoying humor as friends bond while searching for Margo, who sends them on a mysterious search for her whereabouts. Common Sense Media has a full review.