Earlier this week I shared that I had the chance to interview Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan and Chris Columbus at a Pixels press junket.
In addition to the press junket, I also screened the film so I could share my Pixels movie review with all of you!
If it wasn't obvious from my take on the Pixels interview and some of my recent tweets, I'm pretty sure I'm at least a tiny bit in love with Josh Gad.
— Marybeth: BabySavers (@BabySavers) July 22, 2015
I was kicking myself the day after the interview when I finally realized I actually saw him in person several times at the Big Hero 6 premiere.
I can't believe someone had to point him out and identify him for me back then, but that will never happen again. I can assure you that if I'm ever in the same vicinity as Josh Gad again, I swear I won't miss it!
Back to Pixels. First, here's the synopsis:
When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models.
Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former video-game champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players (Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad) and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) to save the planet.
The first thing I want to say is that Pixels is all about fun. Set your expectations now and realize that there's nothing serious about it. If you're looking for an end of the world adaptation like War of the Worlds or Armageddon, Pixels does not fit the bill!
If you're looking to be entertained with life-size versions of classic video game characters like Pac-Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong and Q*Bert, Pixels fits the bill!
My first thought when I watched the movie was, My husband and my brother will get a kick out of this! He's such an enthusiast of classic arcade games I know he'd love seeing them brought to life.
Pixels also brought me back to playing pinball in our Duluth, Minnesota arcade while waiting for my brother to end his run on games like Centipede and Galaga. Before watching the movie I had forgotten all about those movies. If you're a child of the 80's, I'm sure Pixels will make you nostalgic for any time you spent in an arcade!
All in all, though, my favorite part of Pixels was Josh Gad's Ludlow Lamonsoff. The character is hysterical from start to finish, but Gad brings both his shy, conspiracy-theorist side and his crazy, emotional side to two very different extremes with hilarious results!
I want to say so much about how hilarious Gad is in this movie, but I don't want to spoil anything! Instead, I'll leave you with a few quotes from the mom blogger press junket sharing how much Adam Sandler, Michelle Monhagan and Kevin James loved working with Josh Gad:
That scene when (Josh Gad was) talking to the Navy Seals. That might go down as one of my favorite days ever on a film set. It was also one of the worst because we could not keep a straight face.
Those guys are nothing short of miraculous. We were shooting an R-rated movie for a little bit. That was a lot of amazing and brilliant improv. – Michelle Monhagan
Every day that Josh Gad was in a scene was bananas! – Adam Sandler
Me and Kevin were like, ‘This guy [Josh Gad] is young and excited and he likes being here!’ We were like, ‘We gotta get home, man!’ It was great. Loved him. Genius boy. – Adam Sandler
Pixels is in theaters everywhere today. Get your tickets now!
Check out the fantastic Pixels soundtrack!