The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Donkey Kong competition turns games into real-life drama

Director/Writer/Cinematographer: Seth Gordon
Starring: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell
Studio/Run Time: Picturehouse, 79 mins.

In Seth Gordon’s feature directorial debut, newcomer Steve Wiebe challenges longtime world-champion Donkey Kong player Billy Mitchell for the highest score in the game’s history. After it becomes obvious that Wiebe may threaten to depose the competitive gaming world’s longtime hero, countless roadblocks are thrown in his path by both Mitchell’s fans and the gaming institution itself. As Wiebe becomes increasingly embroiled in this subculture, he ends up learning firsthand about the disturbing lengths people will go to in order to be the best at something, regardless of how silly that something may be. A humanistic comedy in the vein of early Errol Morris, the film’s contest is every bit as exciting as any sports film, while also shedding light on how obsessions can combine with corrupt power structures to drive otherwise normal people to ridiculous ends.

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