Today’s review is going to be considerably shorter than usual. I’m going out to a housewarming tonight, so this is the closest I get to a day off.
Step away from the Playstation.
The story of mathematics teacher Steve Wiebe’s attempt to capture the Donkey Kong record score from the long-standing champ Billy “Dead-Eyes” Mitchell.
This is one of the most exciting sports movies I have watched in a long time. It’s got everything: the scrappy underdog (Wiebe); the hiss-worthy villain (Mitchell); the whiff of conspiracy; even the montages set to Joe Esposito’s You’re The Best Around. One thing this film doesn’t do though, is alter the perception of these fanatic gamers as anything other than total geeks. Out of everyone featured, only Billy and Steve are seen to have families and any kind of life outside the gaming world.
Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), this is a thoroughly enjoyable film that passes all too quickly. Highly recommended.