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Review Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014)

 genre: comedy, adventure, science fiction

Angry Video Game Nerd is a famous You Tuber. And with right so. He makes very entertaining videos in which he reviews older mostly Nintendo games. But what works on Youtube might not work if you make it larger. 

First of all let me say that I do admire James Rolfe for having realized his dream. No matter the outcome that is an accomplishment in itself and should be praised. However that does not mean I can't be critical of the end result. And trust me there are a few things that should be addressed. It took me two tries to finish this movie. The first time I watched this I could not believe how appallingly bad the comedy was. It really sucked the life right out of me. At one point I just could not bare it any more and stopped watching. After two weeks I decided to give it another chance and started watching approximately where I left off. And to my surprise the film does redeem itself somewhat. The jokes work much better and events become more fast paced and there are actually some nice sequences to be enjoyed. However there is one main big gripe I have with this film. Despite the effort and hard work that obviously has gone into this project it never really transcends  it being more than just a fan made movie. Most of the film's good elements are based on what you know about The Nerd. Non fans would not dig this movie at all. And not that it is bad to have a movie made that only can be enjoyed by fans. But it was widely said and reported that they would try to make this more appealing to a wider audience and it has failed miserably. With all the stories they could have come up with the one they went it was unbelievable dull. James Rolfe makes the mistake of staying close to the roots of his nerd character but at the same time not expanding on them. He is supposed to be angry is he not? I would have liked to see that. James Rolfe certainly is a creative film maker. But as an actor he lacks depth. It would have been nice to see him do something that would make his character more interesting. Or at least let him do something out of character for once. This is a movie after all and the whole point is that you make things larger and try to do things a little more differently to show something new. Larger doesn't automatically more special effects or more explosions. Look at episode Digital Estate Planning in TV show Community. It's an example how you can incorporate video games in a creative way that it fits the characters and yet does not require anything bigger or grander special effect wise. And on top of that they used an angle to make it all believable. A lot of the events in this film are just out there and over the top without actually adding something fresh. There is nothing in this movie that makes it stand out just even a little. When you start a project like this you should be more ambitious and try to take risks. And James Rolfe and co have played it safe. 

In my opinion this is a very forgettable movie that fails to deliver on what people expected the most. Comedy. Let me rephrase, Good Comedy. The one element that could have drawn me in from the beginning and would have made me tolerate the cheesiest of events. Instead it becomes a real chore to sit through especially the initial thirty minutes.  I can't recommend this. 

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