Indie Game: The Movie,2012, Canada
Director: Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky
Film #72 of The December Project
'Indie Game: The Movie' is at its heart an underdog tale, a tale that shows the results of hard work and constant dedication into creating something that almost inhabits every aspect of your daily life. This is a film that may feature some similarities to the popular 2007 documentary 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters'. While I really like 'The King of Kong', I don't quite think it hit me on the personal level that 'Indie Game' did.
The film chronicles the journeys of three different independent video game video game productions, all of which suffer the trials and tribulations of having an undermanned team and funds but are still driven by their passions and success.
'Indie Game' is a very well compiled film, I loved the variation it showed towards the three different approaches of creating the game. Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes who create the game 'Super Meat Boy' represents the traditional aspect, they are two guys who fell in love video games at a younger age and are dedicated to create a game that is in the same vain as Mario. Jonathan Blow, creator of 'Braid' is invested in the emotive side of his game, in create a deeper meaning and a more original experience. Phil Fish, working on the video game 'Fez' represents the yearning for universal accept and acclaim, I don't think its really think for selfish reasons but more to make his mark. All three productions are linked by passion and the love of video games.
The film also displays the universal theme of dedication, it doesn't really matter whether its for video games or any other aspect of human life, if you invest enough time,effort and thought into something and fully believe in it, you do have the ability to be successful. 'Indie Game' fully embraces that theme and executes it extremely well. Also, we fully endorses these characters actions, because in some way we've all been in there positions, being so emotionally invested something that its success becomes your mission.
The film is beautifully photographed, and always looks stunning. The film also has its comedic elements through its quirky and entertaining subjects on screen, every one of which has something useful and vital to bring to the film.
'Indie Game: The Movie' is an absolute sheer joy of a film, it will enlighten you, entertain you, make you laugh and maybe even tear up. Highly entertaining and also inspirational. Underdog stories are still alive and well.