An Interesting and Emotional Journey - Review of Indie Game: The Movie
I rarely play indie games, or any games for that matter, but the Kickstarter-funded documentary Indie Game: The Movie (2011) seemed interesting and with a few clicks I had bought and downloaded the movie. Before going into what I think about the movie itself, I first have to acknowledge the fact that Indie Game: The Movie is accessible in the way every single movie should be and it is the best movie-buying experience I've ever had. The movie can be paid for in just a few clicks via PayPal, Amazon, or Steam, and then the movie is available for download in a range of formats as well as available for streaming. If it was this easy to buy every movie, getting movies legally would all of a sudden be about as convenient as getting them illegally. In case you want to check out Indie Game: The Movie yourself, you can find it here:
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Now back to my review of the movie.

When many people hear "documentary" they think of an informative movie which only is good for presenting information about a subject or topic in a hopefully appealing way. I felt like this once, but not anymore since I've experienced several documentaries which managed to move, captivate, and intrigue me more than far most non-documentaries. These are documentaries like Catfish (2010)(my review:, Shut Up & Sing (2006), Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), and now also Indie Game: The Movie (2011).

One might think Indie Game: The Movie would be about indie games; but it is not. It is about a few developers of indie games and their interesting and emotional journeys, developing their games. How much emotion there actually were in the movie and how much it moved me, honestly took me by surprise. Watching the movie, I went from being interested and intrigued to being completely captivated and moved. The movie made me laugh, it made me think, and it moved me. It took me on a journey I had not expected - but an amazing journey nonetheless.

All the game developers were extremely interesting in each their own completely different and distinctive way, though with some common tendencies between them. They were all putting a very big part of themselves into their games art and telling a more personal story with their games than I ever had thought. Watching them talk about their games and the story behind them, moved me very much. Listening to +Edmund McMillen, co-creator of Super Meat Boy, talk about his game, the thoughts behind it, and the process of making it managed to bring a tear to my eye several times. The parallels he drew between his own life and his games, were truly poetic. I never expected I would able to look at Super Meat Boy as poetry, but +Edmund McMillen, as the true artist he is, managed to do just that.

I could go on for a while about the emotional roller coaster Indie Game: The Movie took me on, but I better bring it to a hold. The movie was amazing in every way I had hoped for but also managed to take me by surprise with it profoundly moving depiction of these indie game developers who most people never give a thought. Indie Game: The Movie is very simply a movie worth watching; even if you're not a gamer but only slightly curious concerning video games.
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