As a semi-homage to the early 1980's late-20th century-era videogame arcade culture scene(I recall, as a juvenile n00b of the said era), PIXELS excels at delivering special FX that make the various IP characters CGI shine, imo. Whilst the storyline-themes can become a bit 'played out' minutely at times, the movie is generally slightly above average for it's original approach as an entertaining VIDEOGAME CHARACTER-BASED MOVIE.... which is a pleasant surprise to peruse and enjoy, on account of some earlier 'unmentionable' videogame-based theatrical attempts failing miserably(and ruining the comeback attempts of certain olde Hollywood actors, such as Chris... okay I better stop here, or else I'll be alone in the dark with a potential lawsuit for honest slander). Albeit, I must opine that Adam Sandler's former SNL alumni experience/career and subsequent movie performances have kept him fresh and just as awesome in PIXELS. PIXELS is certainly not a relevant movie for everyone, yet for the MILLIONS of Gamers, such as myself, the movie PIXELS is a FANtastic videogame-centric film with original CG & Human-actor characters that appeals mainly to the gaming masses, both past and present. Or, at least the majority of Gamers thereof. A VERY decent amount of mixed live-action and comedic scripting abound within this videogame-based movie that I am biased in rating as "slightly above average".... because really, how often are the videogaming masses treated to competently infused and grandiose videogame-character based films? Not quite often, I say. The talented amalgamation of creators absolutely got the formula correct with PIXELS. The inner-juvenile of most any American over the age of 30 could appreciate the fan-service and entertainment that PIXELS affords it's main audience, which is US, the original Gamers who came of age during the classic arcade scene of the 1980's & 90's videogame eras, when evolved videogame characters in original PIXELated form mostly ruled the arcades by aggressive Arcade-Token absorption tactics(profit), and via the subsequent retail console conversions. Thanx for the memories, PIXELS.
Also:The Best Buy-exclusive 'Metal-Pak' version of PIXELS is quite an attractive purchase, and worth positioning amongst a respectable shelf collection if only for the metallic reflections of colorful aesthetic-art that adorns the front and back sides of the packaging veneer. A beautiful form of 'videogame art' to occasionally gaze and reflect upon. The generous amount of inclusive BD-ROM bonus features and 'other app' offers are a fine compliment to the main feature as well.
Either Sony or BB delivered and satisfied demand for exclusive 'Metal-Paks' this time, as normally the other commonly known exclusive "SteelBooks" of much anticipated movie releases fail to remain in-stock for more than 20 minutes at retail and online enviroments(Ex;BB-exclusive Mad Max:Fury Road SteelBook... a gorgeously tragic example of underestimating retail demand, and therefore subsequently losing further potential profit gains because, quote: "I don't see why we should stock anymore than 20 Mad-Max exclusive SteelBooks per store, because it won't sell through anyway according to my highly accurate estimates" said some High-Lord-Genius decision-maker for Best Buy corporate.
As for PIXELS though, a wise decision indeed, this time around, to avail a 'realistic' supply of BB-exclusive MetalPaks!
Thanx for(potentially)perusing through my signature PIXELS Review for BestBuy.com, fellow Lady-Gamers & Gents. :v~!!