Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Hundreds of AVGN fans lined up around the block (making it a literal Blockbuster) to see the Canadian premiere of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie at The Royal theatre in Toronto. Co-writer/director Kevin Finn was on hand to meet fans and partake in a Q&A session afterwards.

An action-packed blockbuster, with giant set pieces and an epic musical score, is not what comes to mind when you think of a low-budget, independent film. Herein lies the magic of James Rolfe’s Cinemasscre, a “get er’ done” production company and philosophy that pushes the limits of what can be accomplished without the backing of a big name studio. Part of the fun here is peeking behind the curtain to see practical special effects, which include miniature models, robots and iconic on-location sets.

The movie is a marriage of Rolfe’s filmmaking aspirations and his popular Nerd series, with the latter used as a platform to reach a global audience. Brace yourself, even the most over-the-top AVGN episodes do not compare with the scope and scale of this epic geekgasm extravaganza. If Universal Studios adapted the series as a motion simulator ride, it would look a lot like this movie, and would not be suitable for pregnant women or those with a heart condition.

It’s difficult to say anything critical when the film achieves so much with so many restrictions, but the production is not without flaws. There are too many counts of extras smiling when they are supposed to be fleeing in terror. While the scenarios are laughable to us in the audience, the humour would only be enhanced by the conviction of the actors. Actors Jeremy Suarez and Sarah Glendening who play Cooper and Mandi, respectively, do a fine job but their characters are not nearly as endearing as the many depicted by Mike Matei and Kevin Finn in the web series.  One last minor nitpick is that the trailer, while awesome, reveals far too much and gives away many of the best lines and special effects. In the unlikely instance that you are an AVGN fan who has also not seen the trailer, do yourself a favour and skip it until after you have seen the film.

Those familiar with the AVGN universe will rejoice in the many cameos by past guest characters, that I won’t spoil here.

This film is a valentine to AVGN fans worldwide. It’s low on budget but high on talent.

7/10

Watch the video review on youtube.

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We got soda, OJ, purple stuff…Hey Sunny D!

Myself and the impish Kevin Finn.

Myself and the impish Kevin Finn.

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