(Article by Tony G.) I’m a sucker for documentaries that explore eccentric folk, such as the brilliant Wordplay (2006) which followed a bunch of charming people who competed in crossword competitions. Sure that sounds boring on paper, but the enthusiasm of the subjects involved was infectious, and for that reason I’m also looking forward to The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
The focus for this doc is video games, and from the offset you can imagine the sorts of obsessive fans that filmmaker Seth Gordon will find. The synopsis in summary is:
A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.
Yeah I’m sold!
I suggest you visit Rope of Silicon for the full details on this movie, including the background on the central conflict in the film. I’m a little perplexed from the news that Seth Gordon has decided to make an adaptation of this film as a fictional piece. From what I’ve seen so far I figure the ‘characters’ in this documentary will be more entertaining than any comedy script could write them. But as for this documentary, I’m excited! Nothing like seeing grown men going crazy for video games!
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters will be on limited release this August. Below is the poster and with exception to the uncomfortable ‘Don’t Get Chumpatized’ line, I’m really loving the design.