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  The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Featuring: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Nicole Wiebe

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Produced by: Ed Cunningham

Written by: Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon

Distributor: Picturehouse


     To a certain extent, one could use the term fascinating to describe the experience of watching The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Indeed, its chronicle of arcade Donkey Kong-gamer Steve Wiebe’s attempt to beat pompous and deluded record-holder Billy Mitchell’s high score proves entirely engrossing. Still, despite the film’s obvious entertainment-value and insight into the eerie world of competitive arcade-gaming, the whole thing never really amounts to much. As much as I rooted for middle-aged middle-school teacher Wiebe to beat the record held by conniving low-life Mitchell, and as much as I was captured by the strange details of the complex realm that the two inhabit in the film, I never found myself moved or challenged by any of The King of Kong’s contents. Instead of being the truly great documentary that it could have been, the movie settles merely for being diverting. Humorous and intense, The King of Kong offers a terrific time spent at the movies, but not necessarily an entirely rewarding one.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 8.28.2007

Screened on: 8.26.2007 at the Landmark Ken in San Diego, CA.


The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is rated PG-13 and runs 84 minutes.

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