When I first heard of the big H's plan to adapt a 2 minutes short in a full length live action movie, I thought "Hey! I've heard of dumber movie ideas!". I at least thought the movie would be filled with cool visuals and great retro gaming references. I wasn't planning on seeing it on opening night, but was interested in watching it nonetheless.
Then, the trailers came out. With Adam Sandler and Kevin James. And shitty looking glowy arcade characters. And Q-Bert pissing himself. And an incredibly primitive view of the core definition of video gaming, modern geekdom, and basic human interactions.
Here's a legitimate question : Why does Adam Sandler still has a career? Next to M. Night Shyamalan, the guy is one of the biggest box office poison in the industry (his name doesn't even appear on the movie poster!). He hasn't made a well-received movie for years, and his horrible con-like movies are obvious excuses for him and his gang to glorify their egoes, cast hot chicks as their wives, go on vacation in exotic locations, and fill their pocket up with product placement revenues.
And their's so much way they could have make this movie work! Here's one : Make it a real action movie satire. Cast an action star who dabbled in comedy, like Dwayne Johnson (who's already have Doom and the upcoming Rampage movie under his belt), throw in some geeky kid that saves the day at the end, à la Die Hard 4's Justin Long, and fill the "predictably predictable" script with numerous LOVING references to old school gaming, like Wreck-It Ralph did. You then have a movie that celebrates retro gaming by using tropes and cliches from 90's action movies, which is what most classic games were based on.
This movie makes The Wizard and the Super Mario Bros. movie look like freaking masterpieces in comparison...