Fullmetal Alchemist Live Action Movie: Was It What Fans Expected?

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When it comes to live action adaptations of anime, fans divide themselves into two categories: excited and pumped about it, anticipating amazing visuals and doing the original material justice. Or those who are skeptical about the idea, worried that it won’t represent the anime as well as they expect and don’t get into the hype the adaptation gains.

Fans of anime everywhere have their own opinions of live action anime. Some are amazing and can sometimes be just as good or even better than the original, or disappointing and frustratingly insulting to the franchise, as well as the fans of the show. Whether we are excited or skeptical, the urge to watch it and buckle down till the end is irresistible.

When the public heard about a live action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, social media blew up with hype and excitement. The trailer showed all of the awesome visuals, character designs and costumes and the special effects that made the whole thing look like the anime itself. Produced by Square Enix and Oxybot Inc., the film was released as a Netflix Original. After the abomination of the Live Action Attack on Titan movie, many fans have been on edge when it is announced that an anime is being turned into a live action movie. Fullmetal Alchemist, however, was actually kind of a blessing. Despite leaving out certain characters and minor points in the story, the movie was actually visually stunning and keeps the watcher engrossed in what’s going on, even if someone isn’t too familiar with the original anime.

To start, the movie opens towards the climax of the “Father Cornello” arc (that’s what I’m calling it). Edward Elric (Ryouske Yamada), is confronting Cornello (Kenjiro Ishimaru) about the Philosopher’s Stone embedded in his ring. For those who are unfamiliar with the original anime, Ed and his brother investigate a town where rumor has it that the priest can create “miracles” from nothing. Ed discovers his powers come from a Philosopher’s Stone he believes is the real thing.

action shotDespite the movie getting into that arc without any warning, it’s actually a fitting opening. The battle between Ed and the priest gives perfect representation of Ed’s skills in combat and visually stunning alchemy effects, also showing a bad-ass reveal of his auto-mail arm and leg. The dramatic save and reveal by Ed’s little brother Alphonse (voice: Atomu Mizuishi) is just…amazing! The CGI suit of armor looks like it stepped right out of the anime. Perfect 10!! The other cool thing, is that as any fan of Fullmetal Alchemist knows, Al still sounds like a kid even after a few years passed from the time he and Ed tried to bring their mom back to life, and Ed had to transmute his soul into a suit of armor. In the movie, his voice sounds deeper, aging even though he’s just a soul trapped in hollow armor. 

Working with the military, Ed’s goal is to find the Philosopher’s Stone and use it to Alrestore his little brother’s body. The movie stays focused on this main plot, building up the same tension as the anime; Ed getting so close to the answers he’s seeking only to be pulled into something more that either puts him one step closer to the stone, or several steps back.

Okay, now let’s talk about…Shou Tucker (Yo Oizumi). Not much needs to be said about him. Like his anime persona, the brothers are introduced to Tucker, another state alchemist who studies the creation and development of chimeras. Roy Mustang (Dean Fujioka) puts the boys in his care so they can learn a little more about alchemy. Ed and Al immediately befriend Tucker’s young daughter Nina and their big white dog Alexander. Tucker reveals to Ed that his wife left him two years ago, leaving him to care for their daughter. As a state alchemist, every year he has to present to the military a breakthrough in his chimera research to keep his title and grant money he receives. However…in order to meet his deadline, Tucker goes to drastic measures.

NinaTo meet his deadline, Tucker fuses his own daughter and his dog Alexander, creating a talking chimera. When Ed sees the creature, he’s at first amazed at what Tucker has accomplished. But quickly puts two and two together, realizing that Tucker experimented on his dog and daughter, just like he experimented with his wife two years ago. To fans, this scene is the most heart-wrenching moment, labeling Shou Tucker as one of the most hated characters in all of anime. Ed beats Tucker almost to the point of death until Al tells him he has to stop. Fact: this scene in the anime enraged so many people that when it is made into memes, the main response is “TOO SOON”.

The military step in and arrest Tucker for what he’s done. Now, this is where things get a bit confusing and disappointing because they just arrest Tucker, while Nina never seen again. Originally, a character named Scar kills Tucker and Nina. But in the movie, she is never brought up again. They could’ve taken her in to find a solution, maybe the military killed her off screen. Either way, the audience is left wondering what happened to it. Scar in the anime, kills Nina out of mercy; so she would no longer suffer her new existence.

At the climax of the movie, it’s revealed that General Hakuro (Fumiyo Kohinata) used military research as well as information given to him by the homonculi Lust (Yasuko Matsuyuki) to produce thousands of genuine Philosopher’s Stones, and using them to create homonculi puppets to act as his army, so he can dominate the world as a king. But his creations kill him just as fast as they were created, leading to Ed, Al and the military containing the dummies so they wouldn’t get out to the public.

homonculiThe final battle is between Roy, Ed and Al versus Envy (Kanata Hongo) and Lust. To get revenge for murdering Maes Hughes (Ryuta Sato), Roy uses his fire alchemy to burn Envy to a crisp. Ed discovers that despite the homonculi being immortal due to having Philosopher’s Stones for hearts, their healing factor takes longer if they are dealt severe damage to their bodies. Roy then goes after Lust, killing her in a beautiful fiery death. 

As stated previously, despite leaving out characters and changing certain circumstances and plot points, the Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist movie was actually very good for what it was. Even though there were situations where certain scenes, battles and development happen differently in its anime counterpart, the movie still made it work very well, still giving the audience the anticipation and drive to root for the Elric brothers as they go through their journey.

Even if one doesn’t agree with how the movie handled some points, no one can argue that the visuals and special effects are just amazingly stunning and pleasant to look at. Not to mention the costuming. All of the actors give their best to bring these characters to life all over again. It is definitely worth a watch, even just once. Viewers will not be disappointed in what they see in this awesome, action pact and dramatic live action remake of one of the most memorable and popular anime/manga series anime fans know and love today and possibly forever.

 

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FNAF: The Silver Eyes- A Light Read filled with Mystery

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If you haven’t heard of Five Nights at Freddy’s…what is wrong with you!? It is only one of the most entertaining and scary game anyone can play.

Created by Scott Cawthon, Five Nights at Freddy’s takes place in a pizzaria called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzaria. You play a night security guard, who watches over the facility from midnight to 6 a.m. Your goal is to keep an eye on the animatronics, which are possessed by the spirits of children who were murdered. There are five games in total, and have gotten world-wide recognition, including from YouTubers like Markiplier.

The game also inspired a book written by Kira Breed-Wrisley called Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes. The book plot and story line is very different from the game’s story line and is not related to it at all.

In the book, a group of friends reunite with one another in their hometown of Hurricane. All of them remember Freddy Fazbear’s; more specifically, they remember the day when their friend Michael was abducted and murdered at the pizzaria.

The main character, Charlie, is the daughter of the founder of the pizzaria and remember when her father would work on his animatronics.

The story starts slow, but that’s because it builds up everything that happens throughout the character’s time in Huricane, and within the abandoned pizzaria. When Charlie and her friends all decide to go investigate Freddy Fazbear’s and get trapped in there, that’s when everything begins to pick up and put the reader within this creepy location filled with mystery and murder.

Probably my favorite part is when Charlie and the group go to Freddy’s after finding out that one of their friends, Carlton never made it out. When Charlie found him, he was inside a yellow suit, filled with spring traps that would pierce his flesh and organs if he moved even the slightest. Because Charlie watched her father create spring traps and the mascots, she steadily locates the spring traps within the suit and stopped them from going off, so Carlton could escape the suit.

I love that part because the spring traps come back into play that allows everyone to escape the wrath of Freddy Fazbear’s. I’ll leave that as a suspense builder to get people to read the book.

Throughout the rest of the book, Charlie and her friends discover who it was that killed all of those children, including their friend Michael. For people who played the games and understand the story, the culprit is someone simply known as Purple Guy. He would lure children to the back of the pizzaria, murder them, and them hid their bodies within the mascots. The spirits of the children are now part of the costumes, taking them over and walking around the pizzaria, not remembering who killed them.

The Silver Eyes is just enjoyable for light reading. When everything picks up, this twisted onesbook becomes near impossible to put down. I believe there is a sequel book that follow, and I plan to read that once I find a copy (and go through my reading list).

My Hero Academia: Tomorrow’s Heroes Today!!

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Everyone loves super heroes. They fight crime, protect us and ask for nothing in return. But, what if everyone had the potential to become a hero based on an ability they developed in childhood? 

That’s what My Hero Academia is all about!

In this anime, people can develop powers, or “quirks”, if they are born with only All Mightone joint in their pinkie toe. Most people with quirks go to school called U.A. High, to become professional heroes. The most famous hero in the series is known as All Might (Christopher Sabat). His quirk is called “One for All”, which gives himAll Might True Form.jpg super human strength and agility, and also makes him bulk up with enormous muscles. However, All Might’s power has a time limit to how long he can use it per day. When not doing super hero work, All might reverts to a scrawny man with sunken eyes.

MidoriyaIzuku Midoriya (Justin Briner), has a big dream to become a great hero like All Might, who is his idol and role model. As a child, Midoriya waits to see what kind of quirk he’ll develop. Sadly, he is told that because he has two joints in his pinkie toe, it’s concluded that he would never develop a quirk of his own. Despite this blow to his dream, Midoriya’s passion to attend U.A. doesn’t falter. 

Everything changes for Midoriya when he meets All Might, and learns the secret of his quirk. All Might even tells Midoriya that a quirkless human can’t make it into U.A., and that he should accept they way things are. Hearing this from his idol, Midoriya is lost. That is…until he sees his childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo (Clifford Chapin) being attacked by a sludge monster. Even though he has the power to explode anything he touches, Katsuki is engulfed by the monster, and even the professional heroes are having trouble stopping him from killing the boy. Seeing this scene, without thinking, Midoriya rushes through the crowd and tries desperately to save his friend.

All Might, watching this ordinary boy rush into danger with no hesitation, realizes Apprentice.pngthat Midoriya could be the one to possibly take his place as the next greatest hero the world has ever known. He confronts Midoriya, saying that he does have the potential to become a hero based on his actions.

This series has grown so much in popularity, that the second season, which was released April 1, is being dubbed the same time the subbed version is uploaded. It shows how much of a following the anime has. Not a lot of anime series gets this kind of attention.

The reason I will not go into more details about this anime, is because the comedy and twist within the series are just too good to spoil and just need to be witnessed.

As a bit of a bonus, the studio who helped develop My Hero Academia, Studio Bones, is famous for releasing other anime series such as Full Metal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood), Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Space Dandy, and so much more!

Check out My Hero Academia for yourself, and watch future heroes prove themselves. New episodes of Season 2 is uploaded every Saturday night.

If you were born with a quirk, what would it be?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ending of an Episode was Unsatisfying and Disappointing.

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There is no question that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was and, to many, is still one of the most awesome shows ever to hit television. It was created by Joss Whedon in 1997 and ran for about 6 years with 7 seasons.

While I was too young to watch Buffy, I caught the series just as it was coming off the air. Instead of watching it, I found the spin-off series, Angel, which I absolutely love and have watched twice. But recently, I went to Netflix and finally sat down to watch Buffy, and it is as amazing as everyone said (like I ever doubted).

However, I just watched an episode that I thought ended in an anti-climactic and unsatisfying way: Season 2, Episode 11, Ted.

In the episode, Buffy’s mom, Joyce, introduces her daughter to Ted, an average man tedwho works as an office salesman. On the surface, he seems genuinely kind and trusting, winning over Willow and Xander. Like most teens, Buffy isn’t too happy to have a new man enter her life, especially when this particular man begins to threaten Buffy to her face. Buffy finds out that Ted plans to marry Joyce in two months, and takes out her aggression on a vampire while out on patrol.

buffy-confronts-tedBuffy sneaks back in to her room to find Ted waiting for her and reading her diary. Ted threatens to tell Joyce about Buffy’s “delusional fantasies” if she got in the way of his plans. When Buffy tries to stop Ted from walking out with her diary, he attacks her. Pushed to the limit, Buffy retaliates, holding nothing back, especially when her mom witnesses Buffy assault and then kick Ted down the stairs, killing him.

The reactions in this episode was powerful. Giles and the others find out that Ted had a clean record. Buffy is shaken up that she had killed an innocent human. She confesses everything to the police, who don’t press charges because they believed that she was defending herself. Throughout the episode, Buffy is fighting the guilt that she had hurt not only an innocent person, but her own mother. It is just a strong scenario that keeps you wondering what will happen next and if Buffy and her mom would ever go back to the way things were.

Just as suspected, at least by me, Ted returns, ambushing Buffy in her room again, this time knocking her unconscious. He appears before Joyce, making up a story of how he woke up just as he was taken to the morgue. He attempts to take Joyce away to another home he claims to have made for the two of them, but is stopped once again by Buffy.

This is where the episode went downhill.

Xander, Willow and Cordeila find Ted’s address and go there to see if there is anything they can use to prove he was up to something. Xander opens a closet, discovering the bodies of Ted’s previous wives. They don’t actually show them. The camera is on Xander the whole time, showing his reaction.

ted_buffy_the_vampire_slayerMeanwhile, Buffy’s fight with Ted is just her ambushing him in the kitchen and whacking him across the face with a frying pan. He turns to get up and half of his face reveals he was a robot. Buffy hits him again and he’s dead for real. Then the episode ends with Buffy and her mom sitting on the front porch, supporting each other.

We never know exactly what Ted is, how he was able to come back as a robot, what his motivations were, nor anything about his previous wives and how he managed to kill them. The whole time I was watching, I kept thinking he was just using Joyce to get to Buffy. I thought he would be some sort of demon or evil sorcerer who was able to get close to Buffy so he could kill her or threaten her mom or…SOMETHING!!!

But no. Instead, he was a robot from who-knows-where who went after Buffy’s mom for God-knows-why. He mumbled to Joyce that a husband and wife should be together and live happily. It gave way to some sort of background, whether he had a wife that left him, or he did something horrible by accident and just goes after any woman who reminded him of his wife. That’s what I thought was going on when he said that.

I know Whedon is good at throwing the audience off and keeping us on our toes, but I don’t get what this episode was supposed to do. Other than showing the audience the young main character coping with the reality that she used her abilities to kill who she thought was an average person in self-defense, this episode ended so poorly.

I get that this episode was just a filler episode (maybe), and has nothing to do with the main plot, but the other episode with one-time bad guys at least had some sort of satisfying ending with answered questions. If Whedon just wanted the episode to focus on Buffy growing as a character and showing just how 3-Dimensional she really is, he did perfectly. But this was an episode that just left me unsatisfied when it came to the villain.

If anyone believes I’ve misunderstood this particular episode, please leave a comment. As I’ve said, I’m still watching the series for the first time and I know there is going to be a crap-ton of stuff that is gonna play with all of my emotions and perspectives. I can’t wait!!

Servant + Vampire = Hilarious and Dramatic

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Short but sweet, Servamp is an anime that will catch the attention of all vampire fanatics! I have heard about this series from friends but never got a chance to watch it until recently. I first read the first two volumes of the manga, then started watching the anime. I was hooked after two minutes!!

Servamp starts off with 15-year old Mahiru Shirota (Japanese Voice: Takuma Terashima; English Voice: Clifford Chappin), who is an independent high school Freshman. When he was younger, his mother had passed away. His family were pondering what to do with him, because no one wanted to take him in. But his uncle stepped up and said that he would raise Mahiru on his own. Because of his uncle, Mahiru has a mindset of “If you want something done, you have to do it yourself.” Because of this, he’s always the one in his class to step up and takes on any task no one else wants to do. His friends and classmates are amazed by his motivation.

Mahiru_and_Kuro.pngOne day, as Mahiru is on his way home, he comes across a small black cat huddled in an alleyway. Feeling sorry for it, Mahiru takes it in and opens the plot. This simple black cat that Mahiru named Kuro (Japanese Voice: Yuki Kaji; English Voice: Chuck Huber), is actually a vampire who is referred to as Sleepy Ash of Sloth. As his name suggests, Kuro is often lazy and spends most of his time sleeping, eating, watching TV or playing video games. While he can change his shape from cat to human and visa versa, he immediately transforms back into a cat when in direct sunlight.

The two end up accidentally forming a contract together, binding them as master and servamp (Servant + Vampire). Because of this contract, Kuro must obey his new eve (that is what a servamp’s master is called), and stay close to him. Once the contract is formed, if a servamp and eve are separated for too long, the eve will become weak and eventually die.

Everything begins to change around Mahiru as he discovers another vampire is after tsubakiKuro. The culprit is Kuro’s youngest brother, Tsubaki (Japanese Voice: Tatsuhisa Suzuki; English Voice: Micha Solusod), also known as the servamp of Melancholy. He is actually the 8th brother of the servamps. However, because no one in his family knows him and don’t acknowledge him, he hates all of them and wants to make everyone know him by slaughtering as many people as he desires. In order to stop him, Mahiru and Kuro team up with the rest of Kuro’s brothers and try to stop Tsubaki from killing innocent humans.

As you watch Servamp, viewers will see that all of the servamps are named after the Seven Deadly Sins. Kuro is Sloth, there is a servamp of Greed, Gluttony, Wrath, Envy, Lust, and Pride. Out of all these siblings, Kuro is the eldest brother.

Mahiru and Kuro are total opposites in personality and motivation. However, of course servamp-battleopposites tend to attract and work together in balancing each other’s flaws. Mahiru is determined and is always willing to help with anything. Being thrown into this new reality and given power, Mahiru feels like he has to stand up and take action against Tsubaki in any way he can. Kuro on the other hand, is reluctant to jump into battle. Most of the time, it’s because he’s lazy and thinks it’s a pain to fight. The other times he doesn’t want to fight, it’s because he feels like Mahiru rushes into battle too quickly, often without telling anyone and having extra back-up. This is, again, because he believes he has to do everything himself if no one else is around to do it. His impulsiveness leads to many failures in battle and complications with his bond with Kuro, making them useless in battle. Through his faults and emotions, Mahiru realizes why everything has happened and eventually pulls it together for the final battle against Tsubaki.

So much drama and confrontation goes on in this anime, which keeps me invested in the plot. Despite this show only having 12 episodes, every episode is satisfying. I do hope it gets a second season, but until then, I’ll keep reading the manga and re-watching the anime over and over.

manga-coversSpeaking of the manga, it’s also important to note that there are significant differences between the manga and the anime. The main one is, there are more characters that show up in the manga. For example, in the anime, Mahiru’s uncle is shown only in flashbacks. He is still alive in the series, but the anime suggests he may be away on a business trip because he never shows up as the anime goes on. But in the manga, it shows a scene where Mahiru runs into Tsubaki in a sushi bar and they talk for a bit. In the manga, Mahiru’s uncle shows up and is introduced to Tsubaki, thinking he and Mahiru are friends. Mahiru even tells his uncle about how he found Kuro and if they could keep him Of course he’s okay with letting Kuro live with them. His uncle doesn’t know Kuro is a vampire and Mahiru tries to keep it that way.

Bottom line, Servamp keeps viewers entertained with just enough information and plot development with each episode to make us want more, and gives us just enough conflict and action to keep our attention. It puts a different spin on vampires and turns viewers on their heads with surprises and character development.

 

Hunter X Hunter: An Adventurous Anime

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Full of action, drama and just all around awesome characters and story, Hunter X Hunter leaves people on the edge of their seats with every episode and every tiny moment.

hunter-x-hunter-1999The original series aired in Japan from 1999 to 2001, with 62 episodes. Then it was re-released again in 2011, which is the adaptation that is currently being dubbed in English and airing on Toonami Saturday/Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There was an English dubbing in 1999, but in honesty, that version is annoying and possibly the worst dubbing I’ve ever heard. When people search for Hunter X Hunter, they make sure to be specific. i.e. “Hunter X Hunter 2011.”

The series follows 12-year old Gon Freeces, who lives in a small village with his aunt. Hisgon_freecss father abandoned Gon to become a Hunter. Rather than resenting his father for leaving him, Gon decides to follow his father and become a Hunter, so he can see what it was about becoming a Hunter that made his father leave his family.

At the start of his journey, he meets Kurapika, the last member of a race of people called scarlet-eyesthe Kurta Clan. His purpose of becoming a Hunter, is to hunt down a mysterious group known as the Phantom Troupe, who is responsible for the slaughter of the Kurta Clan. The Kurta were hunted down for their eyes, which turn red when their emotions are heightened.

Gon also meets an aspiring doctor named Leorio. He is taking the Hunter Exam just so he can make money and live a good life. Although he seems selfish and jaded, he is actually caring and has deeper motivations that explain his views on everything.

During the first part of the Hunter Exam, Gon meets another 12-year old boy named Killua killuaZoldyck, who is a member of an assassin family. Because of his background in killing and family upbringing, Killua is confident in his skills and abilities during the exam. He becomes impressed and fascinated with Gon’s optimism and strength. The two eventually form a strong friendship.

Along with friends, Gon also come across an enemy: Hisoka. The way most fans would describe Hisoka is…creepy pedophile psychopath times 100. To formally describe him, he  is a character who loves murder and playing with his victims.

Hisoka takes an interest in Gon because of his hidden potential. Hisoka has quoted in the show that if he finds interest in an opponent, killing them too soon would be boring. He almost kills Gon during one part of the Hunter Exam, but spares his life because he believes Gon can become stronger. Once he does, Hisoka plans to kill him.

hisoka-creepy-faceThroughout the anime, Hisoka talks about Gon, comparing him to a fruit that is still growing and will ripen with time. The other factors of Hisoka that make him extremely creepy, is that after fighting Gon, or witnessing Gon and his friends fight, he makes the comment, “I’m starting to get excited,” while making a very uncomfortable expression that is described as a ‘pedo-smile.’ Watch some of his scenes and you’ll understand. He also is designed like a jester, and uses playing cards as weapons.

Watching the anime, I have compared Gon to Goku from Dragonball Z. The two are very similar in character and personality. They both value the people in their lives and will do whatever it takes to protect them. Both characters are a bit reckless during combat, while at the same time tactical, and they are both overly optimistic and have positive outlooks on certain situations. Also…they are both extremely stubborn. Once they both make up their minds,. there is no changing them.

Personally, my favorite arc is the sixth one called “The Chimera Ant arc.” To summarize it, hunterxhunter_chimera-ants-finalan ant queen creates creatures called Chimera Ants, who go out and feed on humans as well as bring humans to the queen as offerings. She gives birth to the Chimera Ant king, who goes to assert his dominance over the world and harvest humans to consume.

Also in this arc, Gon meets a man whom he has met before and is an acquaintance of Gon’s father. They gather other Hunters to fight the Ants.

The whole season is so powerful in plot and twists. You think you have a character all figured out, but then one episode will change everything, making you look at those characters in a totally different light. I seriously finished this season in like, two weeks cause I couldn’t stop watching it!! Going through all the seasons is worth it to get to this one!

Seriously, Hunter X Hunter is a pretty awesome anime. If anyone wants more twists and unexpected turns and events in an anime, this is the show to check out!!

Pixels Show the Glory of Nerds (may contain mild spoilers)

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Whoever said video games were a waste of time, have officially been proven wrong. They are the key to saving the planet!!

Pixels is a fun, nostalgic film for just about anyone. People who played games like Donkey Kong, Galaga, Pac-Man, and other arcade games back in the 1980’s, will get to take a trip back to the past.

Pixels CastThe movie star Adam Sandler as one  of the main characters, Brenner, who is a tech installation guy. He is talking with his childhood friend Cooper, played by Kevin James, about his life choices. Brenner got a degree at MIT, hoping to create games of his own. But because of his loss in a video game competition against Eddie, played by Peter Dinkler, Cooper gave up on his dream and settled with installing flat screens and game stations for families.

Cooper, on the other hand, is president of the USA. However, the public is not happy with some of the decisions he has made while running the country. The news ridicules him when a story goes up of him reading to a girl’s scout and mispronouncing a word. A girl corrects him and he raises his voice at her, causing the little girls to call him mean.

Meanwhile, Brenner is at a home, installing a flat-screen and a other high-tech systems, when he gets a call from President Cooper, telling him to rush to the White House. When Brenner gets there, Cooper shows him a video feed of an Air Force base being attached by what looked like ships and missiles from Galaga.

They are informed by their friend Ludlow, played by Josh Gad, that an alien race had found a pod Earth sent to space, featuring old arcade games, and received it as a sign of war between the two races. The aliens send messages to the government, explaining that each challenge decides the fate of mankind. If Earth lost a challenge, they would lose a life, meaning the aliens would abduct a random human as a trophy. If the aliens lost a challenge, they would give Earth one of their warriors; playing on the concept of arcade games giving each player three lives per game. Three losses for Earth, meant the destruction of the planet.

Of course some of the best parts of the movie are the battles Sandler and the others have to go through. President Cooper commands that the military let the nerds train them in dealing with the aliens, because of their skills in classic video games.

Sandler’s performance in the movie wasn’t bad. He helped produce the movie, according to the opening credits, and while there were some scenes where his lines were cheesy and his humor was dry, it didn’t kill the movie. There were times when he was funny and entertaining. Sandler’s action scenes were amazing, as well as times in the movie that were serious.

CentipedeIn the trailers, it shows Sandler and Gad trying to get the military to follow the pattern of Centipede as it attacks. They don’t know the pattern of the game, so Sandler grabs a blaster from a soldier, and uses it to shoot the Centipede in the head, killing it. Seeing that scene in full is just as epic as the trailer depicts it. The same can be said for their battle with Pac-Man. All of the effects of the video game characters interacting with the actors, and the video games breaking down objects and pixelating them were phenomenal. Pac-Man

Nerds kicking ass and aliens using video games to go to war with the planet Earth, Pixels is a fun movie for parents and kids to go see. For people who played these classic games as kids and teens of the 80’s and 90’s, they’ll get a sense of nostalgia. It is definitely a movie to go see this summer!