“King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” is an amazing documentary. Some documentaries educate, inform and expose and some propagandize. Very few transcend their subject matter, and “King of Kong” does. In 2003, 35 year old family man Steve Wiebe, (pronounced WEEBEE) after losing his job at Boeing, found some comfort in playing Donkey Kong in his garage. Steve stumbled upon Billy Mitchell, a hot sauce mogul (yes, I said hot sauce mogul) and saw his Donkey Kong record, 874,300 points, online. Steve set out to beat it. Director Seth Gordon pulls triple duty as Director, Cinematographer and Editor. He pulls off all three beautifully. The doc is stylized but not distractingly so. Everything fits together like a well oiled Galaga machine. He let’s his subjects do the talking. And when they do, you’re glued to the screen. Gordon does an excellent job of building up his two rivals. But he does it by letting them do it themselves instead of forcing it through the lens. Good directors know when to step back, and he does. Good and evil has been defined, and the battle lines have been drawn. What’s remarkable is that Mitchel even looks like Darth Vader. He dresses all in black with a mullet like haircut which resembles the Lord of the Sith’s helmet. If Darth Vader made hot sauce, he would be this guy. So is Wiebe like Luke Skywalker? He is, actually. Innocent and instantly likable you can’t help but root for him. Suddenly it’s the little guy against the big guy. It’s a pixelized David vs Goliath tale that hits all of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” bullet points. At one point Mitchel even says “I’m not God, I don’t have all the answers….” And then he compares what he says to the abortion issue. Sure, he may not think he’s God, but it’s clear he thinks he is divine. It’s like he has somehow achieved apotheosis through Donkey Kong and chicken wings. It’s hard not to root for Steve Wiebe. He’s a smart, talented guy who is down on his luck. Due to some tough breaks and a lack of direction, he’s a guy who could never really get his act together. Sound relatable enough yet? And he’s going after the successful hot sauce mogul who on the surface seems to have everything. Luckily, Gordon takes us way below the surface. As Steve Wiebe says towards the end, “It’s not even about Donkey Kong anymore.” Indeed. With shades of “Some Kind of Monster” and “American Movie”, “King of Kong” is a transcendental “Geek Chic” documentary that will charm you, move you, and in a fit of video game nostalgia make you sorry you ever got rid of your Atari 2600.