Thursday, 27 December 2007

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Dir: Seth Gordon - directorial feature film debut
Documentary on arcade video gamers
USA, 2007

Seen: December 9/07 at the Bloor

Reason to see: Did you see the description? Arcade video gamers documentary. Oh my. Also, this film has received critical acclaim amongst many in the online film community. It is week 51/52 for See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year.

Who knew there was a community dedicated to the classic arcade games? Who knew people still played classic arcade games, and had tournaments, tracked scores. I didn't. That was before watching The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. The film focuses on the journey of underdog Steve Wiebe, who decides to take a crack at breaking the world record score for Donkey Kong, set in 1982 by Billy Mitchell. But it goes so much further than just the game and delves into the world of the gamers, scorekeepers and how it affects so many parts of their lives. It has some of the best lines I've heard in ages, and that is saying something coming from a documentary. It's an unbelievable journey into lands unknown full of barrels and bytes and it is one wild ride that I would be happy to take again.

It was great to see this in the theatre, as their was tons of energy in the room was we all giggled and cheered together.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I highly recommend it, to gamers and non gamers alike

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© Shannon Ridler, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

YEY! I loved me this movie and I had the same initial feelings: classic arcade games?? Someone bothers to track the scores???

My obsession now runs deep: I was at Costco just before Christmas and they had a copy of the 2008 Guiness Book of World Records. I checked - Steve Wiebe holds the Donkey Kong world record!

I can't wait until this pops up on DVD. I look forward to seeing it again!

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