The King of Kong is a semi-tongue in cheek documentary about Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell who are both vying for the highest world score on Donkey Kong. While obviously not filled with edge-of-your-seat action, The King of Kong is highly entertaining the whole way through and provides an interesting glimpse into the unique lives of both contenders. Between Mitchell, the scheming pony-tailed hot sauce tycoon, and Wiebe, a family man and teacher simply searching for his place in the sun, there’s no question about who to root for.
Most of the film centers around Wiebe’s story. Clearly the underdog, he breaks the world record several times throughout the course of the movie but is raked over the coals by Twin Galaxies, the video gaming commission, with unfounded claims of cheating. Mitchell on the other hand gets away scott-free after repeatedly using underhanded tactics and then prances around bragging, completely self-unaware as to how ridiculous he looks and sounds, making him extremely fun to hate.
I’d recommend The King of Kong for even the most casual of video game fans, and even though the cameras have stopped rolling, the battle still rages on between Wiebe and Mitchell to see who will be the The King of Kong. The movie’s official website is here, the wiki page is here, and the torrent is here.