Most Kotaku readers probably won't need to watch Video Games: The Movie. They'll already know—and likely love—the mythology being presented in the new Kickstarted documentary. The real question, then, is if the film has the ability to ignite that love in people who aren't video game enthusiasts. Sadly, it doesn't. It's a documentary made on easy mode.
Directed by Jeremy Snead and coming to select theatres and video-on-demand services this week, the 100-minute movie is essentially a long cinematic lecture that wants to be a love letter. With slick motion graphics, talking-head interviews and archival/b-roll footage, VGTM shows how the video games medium came to its current position of power and influence in the pop cultural landscape. But, while it treads water as an entry-level historical survey, it stumbles more significantly when it comes to communicating the actual allure of video games.