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May 25, 2015
It's like Rocky for gamers.
May 1, 2015
A little manipulative, but still one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time.
April 28, 2015
In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule.

Quién pensaría que un tema tal como los juegos de arcade podrían ser el tema de un documental tan interesante y cargado de suspenso? The King of Kong nos presenta a Billy Mitchell, el campeón por excelencia de juegos de arcade. Es venerado dentro de la comunidad y desde los 80's nadie había podido superar sus records, especialmente en el juego clásico de Donkey Kong. Steve Wiebe es un padre de familia que ha sido desilusionado por la vida, y a pesar de ser talentoso en muchos ámbitos no ha logrado el éxito,hasta que empieza a jugar Donkey Kong y rápidamente empieza a mejorar hasta que logra romper el récord de Mitchell, y decide enviar su puntaje a Twin Galaxies, la institución que se encarga de representar a todos los jugadores de este género. Mitchell que es venerado en este mundo le pone obstáculos a Wiebe para que su puntaje no sea reconocido, y empieza una rivalidad que resulta fascinante de ver, y como en toda película, la batalla del bien vs el mal emerge. The King of Kong es un documental que te mantiene al borde del asiento de principio a fin, y es natural tomar el lado de Wiebe y demonizar a Mitchell ya que utiliza todos sus recursos para desacreditarlo, y nos sentimos recompensados cuando finalmente se le entrega el reconocimiento a Wiebe que tanto merece. Nunca imaginé que el mundo del arcade fuera tan competitivo y corrupto, donde un pequeño grupo de personas que pretende actuar de manera moral, deciden romper las reglas e idolizar a Michell y obedecerle en todo. Mitchell es una figura fascinante, ya que su arrogancia está acompañada por un carisma impresionante, con la cual logra todo lo que quiere. Lo genial de esté documental se encuentra en que nos provee un trasfondo de sus personajes y podemos entender la razón detrás de sus acciones al igual que sus diferencias morales. Mientras Wiebe, a pesar de su desesperación por tener éxito y demostrar su valor, nunca cae en bajezas que le permitan llegar a donde quiere, lo cual hace que quieras verlo tener éxito y te duele profundamente cada vez que es engañado. The King of Kong explora un mundo clandestino lleno de rivalidades, pero lo que tienen todas estas personas en común es el deseo profundo de reconocimiento, por la cual están dispuestos a a veces renunciar sus vidas para obtenerlo.
April 26, 2015
I love this documentary so much. It is warm, funny, and reminds me of myself.
April 19, 2015
It must be fun, although painstaking, to make documentaries. The film would almost have to come together in the editing room, from hundreds of hours of footage. But there's so much crap out there and seemingly more docos than fiction films on Netflix, so it can't be easy to do it right or to make a buck. You have to have the right idea. Seth Gordon started out to make a film about competitive videogaming on classic games (donkey kong, centipede, defender, etc.) but stumbled into a rivalry between world champion mullethead Billy Mitchell and suburban Seattle dad Steve Wiebe to have their name in the Guinness Book as Donkey Kong master. Each contender is dutifully given some backstory and characterized (as almost good vs. evil) and the film builds tension along the way to their showdown. It is highly amusing - but is it real? Apparently, some lines were crossed to tell a good story. This may be what Werner Herzog does but his attempts to get at the real reality seem less concerned with narrative structure and emotional manipulation and more interested in capturing perfect zen moments that create strange thoughts in your brain. As it should be.
½ April 14, 2015
Even as a gamer, I was still surprised that a documentary about getting a high score on Donkey Kong could be so enthralling.
March 31, 2015
was entertaining and kept me engaged.. but can't see why the critics rave about it. It's rather hard to follow at times jumping from one to the next and wasn't quite sure what it was trying to cover until three quarters way through it.
March 28, 2015
the start or original great documentary..but more importantly a great movie
with an ending that leaves one...
March 22, 2015
If you're interested in the content material, you'll love this documentary.
March 14, 2015
about as fun as a doc can get.
February 4, 2015
Great documentary that you won't believe isn't a mockumentary.
January 28, 2015
If you like arcade games at all, see it.
November 26, 2014
Steve Wiebe is the man. Billy Mitchell is a douche.
October 20, 2014
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is intelligently blended with documentary and comedy, thus bringing an informative and entertaining trip back to the past where video games ruled the world and a compelling story about the two greatest Donkey Kong players in the world, it's an absolute must for any fans of gaming, old or new!
September 14, 2014
Great food for thought on competition, and what constitutes a meaningful life. Plus, I was unexpectedly mesmerized watching people play video games for an hour and a half, which is a huge credit to the director.
August 28, 2014
Amusing documentary about arcade gaming.
August 27, 2014
From the largely foreign little world of classic arcade gaming comes an underdog story everyone can get behind.
August 23, 2014
An amazing documentary about arcades it shows just how much skill it actually takes to play these classic games and y we should never forget about those games
August 15, 2014
In truth and transparency is often the deepest depths of human psychology and triumph and tragedy, and never have I seen a more subtle but poignant -- and unexpected -- real-world example than here, the simple telling of a classic myth of reality (Steve Wiebe) versus enigma (Billy Mitchell, a nonfictional White Goodman). Family, politics, redemption, and especially nepotism are all strongly represented thematically with sincerity and objectivity, and their collective whole adds greater timelessness to an already time-standing focal subject (basic competition), and proves as philosophical as it is oblivious to its inherent philosophy. It's just a wonderful and hilarious little film.
August 10, 2014
Who would have thought there were heroes and villains in classic arcade video gaming?
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