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James D. Rolfe,
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I've been watching James Rolfe's web series The Angry Video Game Nerd since late 2007. Having grown up with video gaming in the '80s, seeing his videos for the first time blew my mind. I understand many of the AVGN's viewers are younger, mostly teenagers I would imagine; but I would go out on a limb and say that the people who built his massive cult following were born in the '80s and came from that culture. That's what makes his earlier reviews so appealing: they were a window "back to the past," with a dash of cynicism.
As the series became more popular, I feel it began to lose the plot, so to speak. The writing and humor didn't seem as natural, losing much of its edge. Unnecessary secondary characters began to appear, as well as slapstick comedy that had nothing to do with video games. I'm no psychologist, but I attribute the series' decline in quality to several reasons: 1.) Running out of ideas. It happens to all comedy series. 2.) Worrying about money. Since the AVGN is a full-time business now and there are rent and bills to pay, there is more desperation to crank out a product. And this ties in with the third reason: 3.) James becoming more popular. The early episodes were made after he returned home from college, unsure of his future. They have an intimate quality, like they're coming from the fringe; at this point he had no audience so it's obvious he's not trying to "cater" to anybody. They're interesting and have a lo-fi charm.
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is very much in line with the later episodes of the series, especially in the writing department. Simply put, the script is terrible. I can't think of a single segment of the movie that worked for me, and I didn't laugh once. Barring the swear words and gore effects, it has the tone of a Disney live-action movie. Is this what James really wanted to make for all these years? Is this his dream? Far be it from me to answer, but it's definitely not my cup of tea. Additionally, it baffles me how they (Rolfe and Finn) decided to add dozens of characters that have nothing to do with the web series. Because it has a larger budget? Because they wanted it to seem more like a Hollywood production? Whatever the reason, it's not a good one, and I mean that with no disrespect to the hired talent. I remember seeing the characters in the trailer, and thinking, He's alienating his fans.
This movie was incredibly boring, and I know that because I kept checking the run time to see how long I had left. I attribute part of that to bad editing. A good 30-40 minutes of this movie could go away. And I can see the conundrum: if you spend $300,000 making a movie, much of which has practical effects that took a lot of work to film, you want all that material in the finished product. But a more disciplined hand in the editing room was required. Not to mention, the main problems come from the script. Had the script been fixed from the get-go, there would be no need to cut unnecessary scenes, because there would be none.
That's a word that keeps coming into my mind: unnecessary. The entire film was unnecessary. I see a lot of fans complain that they lost potential AVGN episodes because of this movie's production, but from my point of view, AVGN has been in the can for many years. The movie is more like beating a dead horse. He should retire the Nerd character, but he won't, because there is money to be made and careers to be built. In the end it all comes down to money, and I resent having to say that, as a long-time fan.
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