The King Of Kong Film Analysis

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"The King of Kong" is a story of obsession and subculture. Billy Mitchell, the film's villain, reigns supreme of the world of retro competitive video-gaming. His opponent: Steve Wiebe, a mild-mannered middle school teacher who lacks the confidence to fully assert himself. Despite this, Steve has world-class talent on the game Donkey Kong. When he beats Billy's record at his home machine, Billy works to have Steve's score invalidated on a technicality. When Steve sets a new world record live at Fun Spot, Billy reveals a videotape of an even higher school, which is accepted by Twin Galaxies. Ultimately, Steve travels to Florida to duel Billy for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records; Billy blows him off. Though Steve loses, he finds peace by the end of the film. …show more content…
His association with Roy Schildt cast a shadow on his reputation. By the same token, "The King of Kong" exposes the poor behavior and pettiness of both Billy Mitchell and Twin Galaxies, though Walter Day makes amends by the end.
#3: The Ethos of Seth Gordon
Though director Seth Gordon has zero competitive gaming experience, he is a very capable filmmaker, having graduated from the Harvard School of Design and taught himself how to edit footage. He worked his way up to director from being a cameraman on a Dixie Chicks documentary.

Apart from the desire to tell a compelling narrative, we should believe Seth Gordon; it's not as if he has a horse in the race of competitive gaming.
#4: The Pathos of The King of Kong
Gordon establishes pathos by showing both Steve and his wife in tears at different points. With the narrative he chose, Gordon clearly wants the audience to root for the Wiebes; seeing them reduced to tears makes the audience hate Billy that much more.
By the same token, Gordon includes shots of Billy making arrogant, wise-cracking, and cruel comments. Again, this serves to demonized Billy in the eyes of the audience.
#5: Objective or

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