Sunday, January 11, 2009

THE KING OF KONG (Seth Gordon, 2007, USA) “I think I smell a rat” the White Stripes sing on their great stripped down punk album White Blood Cells and I smell one here also. Seth Gordon seems to have “altered” the truth in order to create a controversy. The rivalry between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe was mostly manufactured through slick editing and dishonest reporting. But do you really care who holds the World Record in Donkey Kong, Centipede, or Q-Bert? The film is very entertaining and does give us some insight into the obsessive-compulsive personality of those who sacrifice everything to be the best at their respective game. The arrogance of the top scorer who dominates a particular game is no different from any top athlete who considers themselves the best. (B-)

1 comment:

Rabscuttle said...

That's a fair assesment of the film, I'd say. It IS entertaining, and it'll be interesting to see what happens with New Line's intention of a comedy remake.

I highly recommend TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball, Chasing Ghosts, and High Score for classier treatments of the classic arcade scene.