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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
After seeing the movie - there is only one conclusion : Billy Mitchell
is a sad little man who is a plain fraud. To see how the myth is being
maintained by people who appear to be stuck in the 80s forever is
really sad. The 'role' of Twin Galaxies in this all is also a really
sicking one - its sad that see adult men behave so childish just to
keep something that hey created intact. Twin Gallaxies therefor is also
just a bunch of sad people who can't be trusted.. protecting Billy in
The fact that no-one has seen Billy "there-are-certain-people-i-dont-want-to-spend-too-much-time-on" Mitchell actually do it live.. with an audience proves enough right ?
Like the sad long haired (what normal healthy man blow dries his hair?) said himself - "you have to do it live with other people around you..." he just proves that he is only a memory from the past - nothing more and nothing less.
Oh just one other thing - Brian Kuh - damn you are one sad nerd. Your mother must be so proud of you.. in fact I guess she tells you that every morning when she wakes you up - because surely you must be virgin who still lives @ home ! Oh well a kill screen you will maybe never see - but losing your virginnity is also something you will never experience !
Steve - you know it already - but you are the man !!
Ren.Ondska from The Netherlands
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm giving the movie a 9/10 out of respect for the movie's superior
quality. The craftsmanship of the movie is excellent. The director
really made a great movie, presented events in a dramatic and
entertaining matter, and provided a good versus evil battle that is
totally unexpected but welcome (for the audience) in such an obscure
Regardless of the quality of the movie, the director definitely distorted some facts. I saw "King of Kong" at the Seattle International Film Festival, in Steve's home town (well, that's Redmond, but it's just across the lake). In a wildly sympathetic audience, and with kids from Steve's school in the audience, one could not help but be caught up in the emotion and support toward Steve. Besides, it was a great movie and I really enjoyed watching it. However, I was uncomfortable with Seth Gordon's demonization of Billy Mitchell, and I couldn't ask him about it at the festival during the post-movie interview (I had to leave to catch another movie), so I decided to do some research later. I found plenty of clarifications on Kotaku and MTV News (where Billy Mitchell did a couple of interviews recently).
- I had always heard bad things about Billy Mitchell's cockiness, but I had never heard he was a bad person. The movie makes him out to be a complete jerk, but the guy donates lots of money to charities, helps a lot of people in his local community and in the video game community, and has been a great ambassador for the video game world in general. Clearly, the movie would not have been anywhere near as good without a villain, but the movie is basically a character assassination of Billy.
- Tim Sczerby was the world record holder at the time that Steve started his run, not Billy Mitchell, but he is never mentioned in the film. Maybe Seth Gordon didn't find him compelling enough to make into a villain?
- The film claims that Steve's house was broken into by Brian Kuh and Perry Rodgers. But according to an interview with Billy Mitchell on MTV News, it's Seth Gordon (the director) who is distorting an unannounced visit into a "break-in". Even when you watch the movie, it's hard to believe it's a break-in when members of Weibe's family are present (and according to the MTV interview, Wiebe himself showed up later and played a game of Donkey Kong with Brian).
- The board that was found at Steve's house was a "Double Donkey Kong Board", which is not an official Donkey Kong board. It has versions of both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. on it and is not manufactured by Nintendo. Since there's a possibility of tampering on such a custom job, I can see why there would be doubt about some inconsistencies seen in the video.
- The movie makes it look like Mitchell dodged confrontations with Wiebe, but they played together at Classic Gaming Expo 2004 and Mitchell beat Wiebe by around 30,000 points, according to Mitchell. Wiebe claims Mitchell didn't like the controls on that particular machine and left after 50,000 points. Regardless of who won, they did play together.
- Mitchell recently beat Wiebe's record, and to erase any doubt, he went through tons of security precautions, including multiple video recordings, independent reviewers, a verification of the board by Nintendo, and more. He also donated many (all?) of the proceeds from the event to charity.
- Take a look at AlphaPepper's IMDb comment for some other claims of inaccuracy.
In a way, I want to see a movie about Billy Mitchell's story. After all, the guy was really good at Donkey Kong, reached the top, stopped, got a really strong challenger who beat him, and had to practice to get to the top again. If Steve's story is like Rocky, Bill's is like Rocky II! I don't think it could be a 2-hour movie, but maybe a 30-minute short... :-)
I really wanted to love this movie.
Sadly it was an incoherent sloppy mess with little cohesion.
It's mostly talking heads and wayyy to repetitive.
The asides meant nothing, like the ref's love of Transcendental Meditation (what was that for?).
When I saw the credits I knew why Seth Gordon-director, shooter, editor.
A director that cuts his own stuff has an idiot as an editor.
I lost 1:30 of my life that I won't be getting back.
Seth Gordon, you owe me.
This documentary follows the battle (director aims for epic battle, the word which comes to my mind is squabble)to be the greatest Donkey Kong player in the world. It shows the competitive video game world to be populated by boring, vindictive, petty, ego maniacal people, who occasionally - very occasionally - say something to make you laugh, perhaps once it is even on purpose. The reigning champion is quite possibly one of the most cringe worthy people I have ever come across, it would be much better for the world were he merely a character, not an actual member of the human race. The only shining moment in this film is the one line uttered by the contenders daughter.
Appreciation of gaming with electronic pinball machines in
fluorescent-drenched arcades and dank cellars is an acquired taste, a
nerdy world of introverts and con men, dedicated to being the best at
eye and hand coordination. And the apex is the game of Donkey Kong,
like Pac Man an early but enduring endurance test for only the most
committed, some of whom should be committed immediately.
Seth Gordon's documentary about the pinnacle of Donkey Kong, peopled by the enigmatic, charismatic, and cagey Billy Mitchell (the reigning king of Kong) and challenger Steve Wiebe, a Seattle family man of normal proportions who doggedly pursues Mitchell's crown after he has lost his job at Boeing and has plenty of time in his basement to follow his dream. While Mitchell provides the romantic grist by wearing a helmet of dark hair, black clothes, and an attitude of mystery, Wiebe represents all the dorky slackers who ever wanted the top score, beyond the reasonable attainment of the goal.
The documentary is best at showing how non-geeky some of the gamers are and worst at creating excitement for essentially a solitary competition with little audience participation and no discernible payoff except fame among a small group of devotees. It succeeds in showing how the zealots like Wiebe can consume valuable family time in their lonely quest and how even in this humble sport a savvy player such as Mitchell can make himself a legend by just not competing.
Billy Mitchell helps define an essential ingredient of American celebrity: aloof cool. But then, he's no poseur when it comes to swinging the joystick: He's the King of Kong.
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