I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
Samantha (Leah Pipes) is struggling to make it with her band. The problem is that she's not a good lead performer. Her best friend Roscoe (Raviv Ullman) uses his father's holographic technology to 'Weird Science' a lead performer, Loretta Modern (Spencer Redford). The hologram can only exist indoors and they have to keep it a secret. They become a hit but Sam isn't happy with the new addition.It's not that horrible for a Disney TV movie but that's grading on a curve. It's on the level of some of the other musical Disney TV movies. Spencer Redford is a bit stiff considering she is suppose to be this magnetic performer. Her character is too silly and too stiff. She's trying to be computerish. I'm also not loving the music although it's alright for teen girl rock. I have problems with the musical performances, Spencer Redford, and her character. Sam's bitterness is not endearing although she is a compelling character. Also the internet is made to be way too silly. To its credit, the movie does try to let Loretta and Sam grow as characters.
Pixel Perfect finds genius science kid creating something that was in the Star Trek - Next Generation future. Ricky Ullman was no doubt channeling his Phil Of The Future character for this endeavor. The science genes come from his father Brett Cullen who is working on holograph technology. Ricky's already created a holograph cat which disappears once it leaves the confines of the holograph projection space and goes into the great outdoors. Ricky's girlfriend Leah Pipes leads an all girl rock band and she writes the band material. But she doesn't have that charisma in putting over the vocals. But our science genius Ullman solves the problem by creating a holographic Britney Spears/Jessica Simpson etc. type lead singer in the nonperson of Spencer Redford.Spencer's character is best compared to the doctor on Star Trek Voyager which is at least 500 years in the future. As you remember Robert Picardo was constantly challenging the limits put on him as a holograph projections. As Spencer develops a self awareness and Leah develops jealousy you can see what problems are created especially after the band becomes a hit.Pixel Perfect though absolutely technologically impossible now does ask some interesting questions on the very meaning of life and creativity. I wish it had not been done by the Disney Studio and had been aimed at a higher audience than what they draw. The Magic Kingdom just isn't equipped for these kind of issues.
This movie, to say the least, was one of the best I've seen the Disney channel make in a long time. It's a relief after all the "never-before-seen" episodes of That's So Raven and Lizzie McGuire we've all had to watch over and over. It's refreshing to see someone new. I'll admit, the flips Loretta did when she sang were very fake looking, but the whole story line was well communicated to the viewers. The makers of the film managed to get actors and actresses who weren't over-exposed, but still did quality work. Ricky Ullman did a spectacular job playing the scientific but cute and lovable Roscoe, and Leah Pipes displayed acting ability beyond anything I've ever seen from Disney Channel before. The emotion her character showed really did a lot for the movie. Overall grade: A
For the detractors, as MST3K has always advocated, "Repeat to yourself, 'It's just a show, I should really just *relax*.'I enjoyed this movie, especially with my five-year-old son, who really likes the songs (he sings them while walking around the house). Of course, the typical five-year-old's penchant for watching a new movie meant that I watched this movie four times this past weekend, but I digress.I concur that this movie is better than the typical Disney-TV-movie-a-tron fare. It's not groundbreaking cinema, but it does tell a story with a decent moral (albeit the moral is laid on thick, like mortar with a trowel), and yes, the acting is good.I *loved* the search engine, as well as the depiction of being in Samantha's brain.