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.
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…
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…
This is a documentary with very clear ideas about whose side it's on. It plays out in classic sports movie style - the reigning champ and the underdog challenger, the highs, the lows, the victories and defeats. All that's missing is a montage of Steve Wiebe punching a side of beef.
Billy Mitchell does himself no favours by modelling his look on Fisher Stevens' villain in Hackers and delivering a series of glowering looks to camera as he talks his talk. Against that, Wiebe can't help but come across as a decent guy.
Along the way, it lifts the lid on the internecine squabbling of the various cliques and cabals in the competitive arcade gaming world - clandestine phone calls,…
A really enjoyable documentaryesque story about champion Donkey Kong players. You couldn’t ask for a better cast. The biggest let down comes when researching the real events afterwards and being uncertain whether what you’ve watched was a documentary or a dramatisation... I appreciate the effort to turn the story into a story for the screen, but I’m uneasy about a rewriting of history.
The King of Kong is a very entertaining documentary. It is clearly a story of good guy vs. bad guy and it is very easy to root for Wiebe. Billy Mitchell is one of the most hypocritical and douchey people ever. He is sinister, vile, arrogant, cocky, and has a huge ego. I hated him so much!
That is why he makes such a great villain. The audience hates him with a fierce passion. The levels of fanfare and worship that went on around him was disturbing. He had the entire Twin Galaxies association working for his every need. He even had a protege minion rushing around by the name of Brian Kuh. On the other hand, Steve Wiebe is…
Billy Mitchell isn't even the first Billy Mitchell that comes up in Wikipedia.
I have no words.
I have to give it to Seth Gordon for creating one of the greatest documentaries I have seen and one of the most entertaining.
I really have not enjoyed a film like this in a long time.
The 5 stars are not because the film is perfect in the sense of incredible production values.
It is a documentary after all, shot with hand held cameras by Seth.
But rather the 5 stars are for the incredible film.
We have a villian, Billy Mithchell and the likeable underdog hero Steve Wiebe.
In the start of the film I thought to myself that Billy is not that bad. In…
Billy Mitchell is a douche! Steve Wiebe is the man!
Made with passion. Classic good vs bad story. Great storytelling.
Its interesting how such an interesting story and how such interesting characters can come from something as goofy as the donkey kong world record. I understand documentary biases, but we get some real heroes and villains here. Billy Mitchell manages to be one of the more interesting movie villains, despite being a real person, though he wasn't even the one who came off the worst. By far that title goes to DK third placer Biran Kuh who is nothing more than Mitchell's lackey. Original DK champ Steve Sanders is pretty bad for that too.
THERE'S A KILL SCREEN COMING YOU GUYS.
Unimpeachably great. Every time I watch it, I love it more.
A documentary so irreverently awesome it hurts. Ridiculously enthralling.
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely well crafted. There isn't a boring moment in this film. Extremely well directed. This film knows how to tug at your heart strings.