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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…
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.
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.
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…
Maybe not for the Mature or Baby Boom generations, but Billy Mitchell (Darth Vader) and Steve Wiebe (Luke Skywalker) certainly are sub-culture icons who will seem magical to 90% of Gen Y and Xers.
THE KING OF KONG is an engaging, enjoyable trip into the world of competitive players of old-fashioned video games, complete with an appealing underdog hero and a smarmy cheater of a villain. As a matter of fact, when I look back on the documentary and I think about the tournament and all the brouhaha around it, I swear I can hear the sound effects of Super Mario happening in my head, accompanying the real-life, real-time obsessive geek-fest. Score!
Steve Wiebe. You are my hero.
I don't know if it was the director's intention or not but most if not all of the people in this movie end up looking pathetic with their priorities mixed up. At times I felt uncomfortable watching them because I just wanted them to get a life or pay attention to the one they have instead of being obsessed with a high score.
The movie has a very reality-show feel to it, with a lot of petty squabbling and deceitfulness among the subjects, which is something I try to avoid watching. I also question how much of it was manufactured to manipulate the audience.
The funniest movie of all time.
Ni el mejor guionista podría escribir a un villano que defina tan bien la expresión "hijoputa" como Billy Mitchell. #TeamWiebeFOREVER.
Watched this with Trent and James. Had a blast. We were in it like it was a rocky film.
Very good editing choices.
A really great documentary on competitive classic gaming. There was actual drama and a real cohesive story. They were unbelievably lucky to catch some things on camera, like the announcement of the Guinness World Records accepting twin galaxies as a legitimate score for them.
There were parts where I questioned if they had been reenacted as well, because I don't think they would have had as many cameras as they did to be in 3 places at once to catch all of the phone calls. But they didn't detract too much from the film, so I'm not too fussed.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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