(mx) wrote: YouTube sensation The Angry Video Game Nerd, has been at it for some time now, crafting nostalgic videos of old Atari, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, the list goes on, games for almost a decade now. Over time his reviews have ramped up in scale and popularity, myself becoming a fan in 2010 and enjoying the mountain of content he, as a "YouTuber" has committed to his channel. He has this charm about him, yes his humour is stupid, childish and at times cringe worthy but in the context of his reviews and over time, it has became part of his charm, the stupid charms are what make the fans go wild, its harmless silly nostalgic fun, it brings a smile to the faces of kids from the 80's and people who have endured the many hours of extremely bad and primitive gaming. So with growing popularity and the fact that James Rolfe, the actor and creator of The Nerd, has a particular interest in film and film making, it was inevitable that a film about him would be done at some point. The trailer rolled out, the fans went wild, a fundraiser happened and then, it got released. Many fans were disgusted, horrified at what they had splashed their hard earned cash on. Looking at the movie from the outside, this film will have zero interest to you, looking at it from a fan point of view, yes I can see why people are pissed. But that aside, I found a charm and a passion that lacks in many big budget film of todays standards, I am looking at you Zero Dark Thirty! Bare with me as I attempt to sum the convoluted plot up. After the rising success of The Nerd, who currently works at a video game store (Shocker!), Mandy, a young and up coming employee of Cockburn gaming, sees an opportunity to market a sequel to the horrid 80's Atari game E.T., which in case you didnt know is shrouded in many a story and is infamous with The Nerd himself. All she has to do is persuade The Nerd to do a review of the game, in an attempt to sell a bad game, by exploiting The Nerds fanbase. Still with me? Ok well buckle in because here's where it gets fucking mental! So after much debate Mandy goes under cover with the Nerd and his friend as they go to the landfill site in the desert, which in turn, drags their attention towards some lunatic military figure, who wants to obliterate them, in a bid to stop them from finding extra terrestrial life, this soon leads to a game of cat and mouse and the release of an evil creator, demon called "Deathmothis", try saying that 5 times fast. As you can tell, its convoluted to shit, but hey, I've watched worse. It's hard to review this film, I'm a massive fan of The Nerd, I'm a massive fan of gaming, my life is film and I, like Rofle, want to direct my own films. So taking all that into consideration, its hard to pan yet praise this effort. On one hand, the care and passion, time and effort put into this movie is astounding. It harks back to old 80's movies, using a chunk of practical effects, car chases, model work. It takes modern cinema into account using CGI and digital effects work, the actors, although not great are all in on the joke and are trying their arse off to make this the best they can. It shows! There is a huge amount of love and attention crammed in here and the film has heart. That being said, on the other hand it is a completely ametuer film, with a convoluted plot, some bad writing at times, some jokes that are cringe worthy, and not in a good way and its over bloated. It also will no doubt have Nerd extremists pissing themselves in anger because the film tries to do something different, like be a film and not a review, even though it does contain a piss poor review of the much hyped E.T. game during the credits at the end, which will leave most fans deflated. That being said I laughed my ass off a lot during this film, i felt satisfied in places with the inclusion of in jokes, not too many, I had no idea what was coming next and the practical effects and model work made me smile, yes they are cheesy but it only adds to the whole feel Rolfe was going for. By the second act however when it just turns nuts, the use of green screen, needless detours and over used tropes of characters become tiring and the film does start to lose your interest. It becomes soppy, as if Rolfe is trying to hard to say thank you to the fans, not a bad move but in the film it just jars and reeks of too much cheese. If Rofle had tightened the script, took out a lot of filler and spent a little bit more time with some elements here, he could have had something for everyone to enjoy. The music is bad ass in this film and thats all due to living legend Bear McCreary, dont know who that is? Try Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead, it thumps and retros its way through the film like a child on crack and it has so much fun you cant help but head bang along with it. In the end there is a lot to like here and for someone with a little budget and limited film experience, Rolfe takes on a massive scope and tries his heart out to deliver. Has he bit off more than he can chew? Maybe but you cant fault the guy, the love and passion in there in vast amounts, this product is cared about. It doesnt have the best acting or the best CGI or the most heart thumping fight scenes but it tries hard to deliver on so much. Its dumb fun, I honestly would buy it to support the guy and watch it occasionally with friends and a couple of beers, has it got lastability, probably not but it definately isnt the car crash everyone said it was.