The King of Kong

King of Kong DVD coverGranted, it is not unusual for a film to feature contests in which likable underdog players compete in order to prove themselves.  What is unique about the 2007 Picturehouse Entertainment documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  is that the game under scrutiny is not basketball or football, but Donkey Kong.  Yes, this ubiquitous arcade game from the 1980s serves as backdrop to an intense rivalry between longtime champion Billy Mitchell and earnest challenger Steve Wiebe.  Eminently watchable, The King of Kong is overflowing with tension, humor, heartbreak, and triumph.  Even those who care little for video games will find themselves invested in Wiebe’s attempts to earn recognition and respect.