Monster Camp (2007)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 5/10
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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback follows a group of online fantasy gamers as they spend a weekend offline. The Seattle, Washington chapter of the New England Role Playing Organization (NERO) is a group of hardcore World of Warcraft players who take the online gaming experience into the real world with weekend role-playing jaunts. The film chronicles one such weekend, exploring how the participants escape their workaday selves and transform into often antithetical fantastical characters. Monster Camp: The
May 30, 2008 Wide
Sep 2, 2008
Lifesize Entertainment - Official Site
How much audiences will like Monster Camp may depend on their ability/need to abandon their everyday personas for weekends of fantasy dress-up and battles.
Monster Camp is an endless succession of fantasy enthusiasts talking about nothing.
More inspired in its choice of topic than in execution, the movie offers sympathy for the misfits that quickly curdles into mawkishness.
Monster Camp introduces us to several of its cheerful practitioners, letting what first seems odd slowly make sense to the uninitiated.
At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself.
[Picks] up on whatever is in the zeitgeist that makes us suddenly fascinated by grownups... who dress up in pseudo medieval garb, pick up fake swords and maces, and beat the hitpoints out of one another. You know, for fun.
Contains its fair share of self-awareness but eschews the ridicule a lesser doc might employ in search of cheap laughs.
there are comparatively few insights into the psyche of the player here, as opposed to the depth of a film like Wordplay
The film provides a voyeuristic peek into the fantasy lives of nerds but becomes repetitive and tiresome in the second half.
Monster Camp is an absolute treat, unveiling a pastime few outside the elf realm have seen before...It's a confident directorial piece in what amounts to be a spellbinding documentary of unique perspective.
The film works best as the participants reveal their reasons for playing, from 'harmless entertainment,' to wheelchair respite.
Director Cullen Hoback, who created the utterly entertaining Freedom State, has a knack for depicting the odd and surreal individuals without taking away their dignity, and he does the same with Monster Camp.
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