Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Steven Spielberg movies' based games (Warning: Video Contains Adult Language)

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Directors: Kevin Finn, James D. Rolfe

Writers: Kevin Finn, James D. Rolfe

Cast: James D. Rolfe, Jeremy Suarez, Sarah Glendening, Doug Walker, Mike Matei, Bobby Reed, Stephen Mendel, Helena Barrett, Time Winters, Eddie Pepitone, Jake Johnson, Andre Meadows, Gustaf Lingmark, Jessica Rockwell, Mara Hall, Isaac Sherman, Noah Sherman, Kevin Finn, Howard Scott Warshaw, Lloyd Kaufman, Pat Contri

Synopsis: The AVGN must overcome his phobia of the worst video game in the world to save his fans.

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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Stevennix2001's Rating:

0 / 10

Pros:

- Very creative premise.

- Visuals are interesting. Nothing impressive, but very unique in it's own way.

Cons:


- Poorly written characters that are generic stereotypes

- Story is too convoluted and way more complex than it needed to be.

- Jokes weren't funny.

- Black sidekick was annoying

- Cameos by other online celebrities was too gimmicky.

- Film felt rushed

He's the angriest gamer you've ever heard....he's the angry...video game....neeerrd!

A few years ago, James Rolfe made a career portraying his iconic online character called "The Angry Video Game Nerd." On his videos, he would take it upon himself to review notoriously bad nostalgic video games, and then rant about them online. Granted, he would also poke fun at good video games that were just hard to beat like "Super Ghouls N' Ghosts", "Ninja Gaiden" and etc. However, his main forte was to review bad ones.

Needless to say, he became a giant success, and eventually he wanted to make a movie based on his iconic character. However, he didn't have the money, so he asked all his devoted followers to donate all money they could to fund the "Angry Video Game Nerd" movie. After a successful online petition to ask viewers for donations, he was able to raise around three hundred thousand dollars, and this is basically the result of it.

Before I get started, I would like to point out that I did talk about "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (AVGN for short), on "Critic's Corner" once. I stated that I was something of a fan of his. so you could say I was curious to see how this turn out on the big screen.

However, as a wise man once said, one should always be careful what they wish for because sometimes it might come true. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film, but given AVGN's track record, I was hoping it would be at least funny. Sadly, it wasn't.

The plot revolves around AVGN being pressured to review the classic Atari game, "E.T." which was based on the Steven Spielberg classic of the same name. It's been said by many people that "E.T." the video game is arguably the worst game ever conceived; hence AVGN is scared to even hear it's name.

In fact, legend has it that the game was so bad that Atari gathered all the available copies it could find, and buried them somewhere deep in New Mexico. With the impending release of an "E.T." video game sequel that promises to be worse than the first one, AVGN becomes more pressured than ever to face his fears, and review the game that he's vowed to stay away from.

But is Atari's "E.T." merely just a mediocre video game? Or, perhaps there's something more behind it than we might have been led to believe. And why does the government care so much about AVGN digging up a copy of the game just to review it? What could they possibly be hiding? Could the game itself be somehow linked to the "Area 51" scandal? The infamous event that has caused countless of conspiracy theorists everywhere to accuse the government of covering up extraterrestrial activity? An E.T. if you will.

Without giving away too much, the film does have a lot of references to the "Area 51" scandal, as the "E.T." game is somehow related to that event. As far as how it's related to "Area 51", I can't say without giving away the entire film, as you'll have to see it for yourself.

However, i will say this much. Although the movie is made on a budget around three hundred thousand dollars, it seems like it was made for a lot cheaper than that. Seriously, if you ever watched the old 90's "Power Rangers" episodes, then you'll swear that even that show had a higher production value than this. "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" seems like one those cheaply produced home made films that a bunch of college students might have filmed on a weekend or something for kicks. Not something you'd expect from a theatrically released film.

Granted, I know the movie was INTENTIONALLY made to look cheap, as the film tries to mold itself to be more of a "b-movie" style alien film; while making the story seem over the top for comical effect. And in a sense, I can respect that. The film does pay homage to a lot old school "b-movie" alien flicks, and it definitely isn't short on creativity when it comes to visuals. However, for a science fiction adventure comedy, it's not that funny. Seriously, I can't recall even smiling once during this damn film. Let alone even laugh during any of it's jokes.

Throughout the entire movie, it tries to present itself as this uber cheesy over the top alien adventure comedy that's so corny that you're supposed to laugh at it's cheer stupidity. Similar to how most people react to such classics like "Batman: The Movie" and "Blankman" to name a few. Instead, it just comes off as sad and pathetic if anything else, as it lacks all the charm that those other films had.

Most of the jokes are primarily video game based to the point that you'd have to be a die hard gamer to comprehend them. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of James myself, and I watch a lot of his video game reviews for laughs. And even in those videos, he still manages to make the comedy sensible enough to where even if your not some hardcore gaming geek that you could still easily laugh at some of his antics. It's what made his character so endearingly funny to watch. In this one, it's almost like he's not even trying. Half the jokes are video game references that most audiences won't get, and the other half are nothing more than sad desperate attempts to make you laugh based on it's absurd plot devices. Watching this movie is the equivalent of when you have to put up with one of your co workers that thinks he's funny, when they're actually not. Plus, that's not even the worse part.

The script is all the over place. Not only did the story make relatively little to no sense, but it seemed like the script was written by some five year old kid that was making this stuff up as he went along.

Say what you want about stupid films like "Piranha 3D", "Blankman", and etc. Granted, those were moronically stupid movies, but they kept it simple. "Blankman" didn't create some convoluted story about aliens and god like beings. No, it kept it simple by making it a satire about some geeky guy trying to be a superhero; while acting as sort of a homage to the classic "Batman" show in the sixties.

"Piranha 3D" was essentially soft core porn with a horror theme about piranhas killing people. And from there, both films took advantage how ridiculously stupid their stories were; by poking fun at itself with cheesy dialogue and over the top moments that would easily make most audiences laugh at them.

Whereas in "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie", the plot is too convoluted to ever make you want to laugh at it's stupidity. If anything, you'll find yourself scratching your head half the time about this crap. One moment, the film tries to be about some bizarre government cover up involving the infamous "E.T." Atari game and the "Area 51" scandal. The next, it's about some kaiji monster known as Death Mwauthzyx, who has the power to destroy all of existence. Since the story is all over the place, it's hard to keep track of what's going on. Don't get me wrong, I love it when movies can manage to be unpredictable most of the the time, but it doesn't work when your trying to make a movie that's supposed to be so bad that it's good.

If the story had been simplified more to be nothing more than a "b-movie" action science fiction comedy about aliens, then it might have worked. Or if the story had stuck to being about an evil kaiji monster that could destroy the universe, then that could have worked as well. However, when you try to combine two of those stories in a film that's intentionally made to be stupid, then all your doing is making the plot more complex than it needed to be.

The characters are poorly written to be generic stereotypes. Granted, i know James intentionally had it set up that way for comedic effect, but it doesn't work because the jokes never seem to click.

The story feels extremely rushed, and poorly thought out. The cameos by other online celebrities (i.e. Nostalgia Critic, Black Nerd, Pat the NES Punk and etc) felt a bit gimmicky. Not to mention the black sidekick was annoying as hell. If anything, I tend to wonder why James simply didn't just use his usual sidekick, Mike Matei, join him on this road trip instead.

As for his review of the actual "E.T." game that plays during the credits, James seems to analyze the game as himself. Sure, he may be dressed as the AVGN during that end credit sequence, but he hardly acts like it during his review of the game. If anything, he gives it a fairly honest and short review. Sure, he throws in a few "F-bombs" here and there, to make audiences believe he's still the lovable nerd. However, if you're expecting him to do something crazy like shoving the game up E.T.'s a** or something, then you'll be sorely disappointed.

Overall, "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" is a waste of time. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad James Rolfe accomplished his dream, by releasing this feature in theaters. However, this might have been one dream best left unfulfilled. Unless your a die hard fan of AVGN, then I'd avoid this one altogether.

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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