Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Man vs Snake. So this is a film I had on my watchlist on Netflix since last year or the year before I think. I believe I wanted to watch it after I’d rewatched The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀
The plot can be summed up as the following: “Man vs Snake tells the story of Tim McVey who in 1984, was the first person in history to score over one billion points on the video game Nibbler, and his subsequent journey to reclaim his title several years later.” This kind of documentary I would only really recommend to those who appreciate gaming or have seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, if you fit into either of those categories (especially the latter) then you’ll enjoy this documentary. This film primarily follows the adventure of one man as he attempts to reclaim a tile from his childhood, and it is a fascinating journey learning about Tim, his childhood, ambitions, love of video games and of course Nibbler, and the uphill battle he does to obtain a new high score. While this film doesn’t have the same level of intrigue, conspiracy, shady behaviour and madness that came with King of Kong, what we do have is a more personal and emotionally captivating story as the focus is on a select few people who all relate to Tim McVey. I like how we also learn about the people who challenged his record like Enrico Zanetti and Dwyane Richard, the latter of which is a very memorable, charismatic, cocky and crazy character. We even get to see Walter Day and Billy Mitchell again but in a much better light, in full support of Tim and his journey to reclaim his title, and I really liked learning more about Walter’s backstory and how passionate he is arcade gaming too. On top of that, this film has some nice 2D animated segments throughout that help illustrate specific scenarios and added humour at certain points. In conclusion, Man vs Snake was a really engaging and interesting film to watch, and while it doesn’t have the same level of intrigue as King of Kong, it has a more personal story that is captivating from beginning to end.
So have you seen Man vs Snake and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀