|The King of Kong
||[Mar. 5th, 2008|09:49 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an absolutely wonderful documentary, and I think one of the best films, doc or otherwise, of last year. It tells the story of Steve Wiebe's attempt to surpass Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong high score, set in 1982 and untouched ever since. I was amazed at how caught up I became in the competition, how I gasped with each failure and rooted harder with each triumph, and I can practically guarantee you'll tear up at end and feel like cheering in a way you probably haven't cheered in a movie in a long time. I can't recommend it highly enough. You don't even have to be a video game junkie for it to suck you in. I'm not, and I was hooked.
It's right up there with Air Guitar Nation, Darkon, Cinemania, Spellbound, Wordplay, Mad Hot Ballroom and Word Wars as part of the recent renaissance of quirky, wonderful, slightly nerdy documentaries born, arguably, in the wake of 1997's Trekkies. I love this stuff!