The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

February 22, 2008

This film was interesting, but being a gamer I would say it takes a certain kind of person to like it.  Even so, by about an hour in I was thinking this film must have been mislabeled, because it felt twice as long as advertised.  I think there was something about the editing and the pacing of the film that was fundamentally flawed, and the feeling that the director kept adding pieces as they went along.

The basis of the film was the rivalry between Steve and Billy, and it was obvious which of the two was the “good” guy and which was the “bad” guy.  Kinda made me wonder if Tom Cruise’s character in Magnolia was based on Billy.

I have to say though, it didn’t exactly inspire me to go out an win my own records.  After all the struggle poor Steve went through, looks like more of a pain in the ass than it’s worth.  And it’s weird, Steve seemed like the only “normal” person in the film, not a complete nerd or asshole.


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