In a world inundated with media that loves to highlight the undeservedly “successful,” it’s nice to see passionate, ambitious individuals win for a change.
Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary that tracks the progress, struggles, and daily life of the three separate independent video game developers responsible for Braid, Fez, and Super Meat Boy. The film weaves through the highs and lows of not only independent video game development, but the excruciating process of creating art.
Not only is the subject in question riveting, it’s presentation is mesmerizing. The film’s production quality, from cinematography to sound design and music, is skillfully crafted and lulled the me into the world of the developers. I would not have felt the same level of emersion without the intricate pacing and the delicate, Explosions in the Sky/Sigur Rós-like soundtrack by Jim Guthrie, of which I am enjoying as I write this.
I truly felt a connection with the artists onscreen, which is all I can ever ask for of a film. Video games are art and this film proves it.