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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Don't get chumpatized
In this hilarious arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to relinquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong.
“…Those games challenge eye-hand coordination, mind-body coordination, fast reaction time, comprehensive thinking on a level that modern games don’t.”
This is one of the reasons why I love Letterboxd. I put off a movie I’ve been meaning to get to for years, then stumble upon reviews that light a fire under my ass to watch it ASAP.
The King of Kong is one of those kinds of documentaries like The Cove, American Movie or Dig!, where you find yourself immersed in a story so cinematic in its level of entertainment and intrigue that it borders on feeling like a feature film, but this story is all too real and surprisingly much more engaging than anyone could have ever expected. It…
Some people have said that the way the filmmakers put The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters together has in result caused Billy Mitchell to come out as a villain of sorts, which makes me wonder if it was a rumor spread by the "fans" or "henchmen" of Billy Mitchell, the people he has doing all of his dirty work and fueling his paranoia. The only person who causes Billy Mitchell to look like a villain is Billy Mitchell. I do not need a documentary format to piece the facts together, he is a reprehensible spoilsport in his own making.
Steve Wiebe put himself out there on several occasions, even calling Billy Mitchell to personally invite him to a…
Fuck Billy Mitchell.
Fuck his tie.
Fuck his American tie.
Fuck his tie with the shitty looking trees.
Fuck his Miami Vice haircut.
Fuck his shoes.
Fuck his videotapes.
Fuck his shit eating grin.
Fuck his smooth ass beard.
Fuck Billy Mitchell.
Fuck that motherfucker.
A fantastic examination of a very small group of individuals that pursue, verify and log video game highs scores, focusing on two mens pursuit of the Donkey Kong record. Engaging and interesting throughout, King of Kong succeeds where good docs do: They make you care about people and things that have never mattered to you before. It also teaches us that being an asshole is bad, but not as bad as being an ass-hole with a mullet.
Hell-raising musical genius Chet Baker once mused that the purpose of life was to find something you like doing, and do it better than anyone. For loveable everyman Steve Wiebe and hissable villain Billy Mitchell, that thing is Donkey Kong, a near-mythic arcade game that saw the first appearance of a certain red-hatted plumber. Mitchell is the long-reigning world champion, Wiebe the challenger whose posting of the first million score attracts the suspicions of the video game world's self-appointed record keepers.
Seth Gordon's documentary takes a promisingly odd premise and does wonderful things with it, creating a film that's hilarious, affecting and likely to make you rail at the sheer injustice of what you're seeing.
The relationship between Wiebe and…
I confess, I am not a gamer. I had a very bad experience with a boyfriend in high school who was more interested in tapping away on that console than he was in tapping me. I swore off them forever. When you choose the pixels over the human, something is going wrong.
I thought I would hate this film for that reason. Maybe it was because of the retro charm of the games played, the simplicity of the goals, the actual skill involved (apparently), and the cast of players that you couldn't even dream up, this film is as endearing as it is entertaining. I also understand having an obsession. I understand getting fixated on something so incredibly, that nothing…
Seen a few times and all the deleted scenes. Love it. Mitchell is a bellend.
I watched this with my boys.
They were a bit confused about the moral (apparently they think everything I show them has a moral).
Let's go with: What are you fighting for?
+ Incredible suspense for a documentary, every person included in the movie is characterized in detail almost like in a movie, and the plot is almost too perfect, almost like it was written.
The most entertaining documentary I can recall.
- Billy Mitchell's unfair behavior is stressed excessively, making him a villain worthy of a Disney movie...But this probably helps improving the movie.
If you wrote this, people would criticize it for being too clichéd. Too perfect. But it wasn't written, it happened. And it's awesome.
They say that the best documentaries are the ones which completely draw you into a particular world or culture, regardless of whether you are a die-hard fan or an absolute outsider. It is a real testament to just how engaging this film is, that a total non-gamer like myself was so engrossed by it throughout.
Cinematically, the film is definitely nothing spectacular; a simple premise with no fancy visuals or artistic cinematography to distract from the story which the viewer follows. It is the characters involved in this story, and the way in which the film explores them, which make it so captivating. I found myself totally caught up in the politics, passion, devotion, conflicts, dedication, persistence, deception and desperation of all involved, having known literally nothing about them beforehand.
One of the most flat-out entertaining documentaries ever, THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS chronicles the David vs. Goliath battle of everyman schoolteacher Steve Wiebe vs. Florida hot sauce magnate, Donkey Kong high-score record holder, and arcade gaming legend Billy Mitchell. Regardless of how much liberty director Seth Gordon (HORRIBLE BOSSES) takes as far as the documentary rules are concerned, the spirit remains. It's fascinating watching the "Protect the Shield" attitude taken by gaming records organization Twin Galaxies, who seem all too eager to make sure Mitchell remains the record-holder.
It's a merely oddball look at the classic gaming subculture until Wiebe sends a VHS tape to Twin Galaxies showing him beating Mitchell's score. Then it ascends to…
This is like Senna for Arcade Gamers with the level of intrigue, power-plays, jealously and close-fighting and also of access to the main players - there's barely any after-the-event narrative, you're right in the room as they're playing the critical game, talking on the phone, concocting their little plots. Starts off as mildly amusing and sweet and ends up as gripping psychological drama. Happily no-one dies.
I have had this documentary on my watchlist for quite some time but I kept pushing it off to the side mentally because frankly, how good could a non-fiction film about some dudes playing arcade games be?
Turns out it can not only be good, it can be really, really great.
What really makes The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters work is the fact that on its side is a prototypical Hollywood fictional narrative, just set inside the world of old school gaming. Billy Mitchell has been the king of arcade games for almost his entire life, setting numerous world records in the 1980's and he remains an icon of the gaming world in 2005. Mitchell is cocky,…
Seth Gordon's doc of the fight to be all time Donkey Kong champ is a real crowd pleaser.
I'm always wary of stuff where the movie seems to say look at these dorks. But while this one does have some (very funny) moments of that, its uses them to draw you into the world and eventually invest you in what's happening.
It does get tense. The Rocky like underdog narrative of Steve Wiebe is hard not to get excited about. My GF could barely watch the last few matches. I think we all feel like that sometimes. Like we just missed our chance. And that's the heart of a great story. Even if the stakes are low, it matters.
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