Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Review

I love the fuckin’ nerd. Let’s get that out of the way first, I’m a big fan going into this review. And as a fan and frequent watcher, I’ve been waiting a loooooooong time to watch this movie. Anybody who watches the Nerd knows what I’m talking about. He’s been in production on it for about five years, and for the last two years we’ve been hearing about how it’s coming out very soon. So to actually sit down and watch it on my computer a few night ago was kind of a surreal experience. I spent about the first half just going “oh my god, I can’t believe this movie finally exists”. But once you get past the excitement, the real question becomes whether or not it actually holds up as a movie. I was really afraid that I wouldn’t like this movie, because honestly I don’t really like it on the web-show when things sort of get away from the actual game review, and obviously that was going to be what the movie was. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, it definitely requires you to accept it as a pretty silly movie, but if you do that it has a perfect and consistently corny tone that not only fits well with what the movie tries to do, but allows for the scope of the story to seem natural. Like, towards the end there’s a giant robotic death god destroying the world, and you’re sort of just like “yeah, that makes sense”, because by that point in the movie it seems normal. Another thing I really like are the special effects. They’re pretty cheesy, but it’s amazing how much better a terribly cheesy practical effect looks than a slightly crappy CGI effect. I don’t really have a problem with CGI as a tool, I just wish it wasn’t the automatic go to for so many things, because there’s something so great about practical effects. Especially with lower budget films, I really wish more directors would cut it back on the use of CGI. Anyway, this movie is kind of a big departure from the show, but it has a similar enough tone and is full of enough references that it will surely satisfy any major AVGN fan. As a movie itself, the plot does drag a little in places, and the typical female love interest and black sidekick characters get really annoying really fast, but it’s just self aware enough to be fun as hell to watch. I would for sure watch this movie again, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the nerd.

Overall Rating: Cockburn/10


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