Posté le : 28 avril
I've watched this movie multiple times. Twice more on Netflix too. It is, by far, my favorite movie. I'm biased of course. I don't really care for all the technical stuff. I don't care if the pacing could have been better here or there. None of that really matters to me. I doubt it would to you either unless you were a filmaker yourself.
My reasons for liking and recommending anyone with an interest in games or, even more so, in making them to view this film is purely off of emotion. I love games. I really sincerely do. I've bonded through games with my father, my sister, and the rest of my family. Games allowed me to make friends through those awkward years of school when I had none. Games gave me something to look forward to when things went bad. Nowadays, I spend every waking moment teaching myself programming, art, etc... so that I can make them myself. Even my upcoming college education, after two whole years since finishing highschool and living as an anti-social NEET, is being realized because of my love for games. This movie really hit me hard and motivates me to keep going. Making games isn't easy. Making games isn't easy when there's no one telling you how to do it and you're all alone. This film really captures those feelings of anxiety and the bumpy road that could lead to success. 'Could' being the key word here for failure may occur as well. It takes me back to a story I read in highschool called 'Journey' by Joyce Carol Oates.
'Journey' is written in first person meaning that the main character is essentially you. The reader. Sort of like many first person games. You are driving along in your car to a city you have been to many times. Along the way, you see a road that is supposed to take you to that same end destination. It's a different road of course with less traffic and is very country like as opposed to the highway you were just on. This sort of situation occurs multiple times with one unexpected turn after the other until you are finally wandering through a forest without a map or car. Not to mention, it's getting dark. Now then, despite how cold, tired, and potentionally lost you may be, you are satisfied with yourself. Sure, you may not know just where it is you are but, deep down, you are not lost. To quote the final paragraph, 'If you had the day to begin again, on that highway which was so wide and clear, you would not have varied your journey in anyway: in this is your triumph.' Which, to me, means that the choices you have made and the encounters you have are what defines your life and makes it bold and interesting. Something to remember for the remainder of your life. 'Indie Game the Movie' shows this in its own enjoyable way by presenting a slice of the lives of each developer and their own journey in the medium that is games. A journey I'm sure we can all relate to in our own ways even if you have no interest in making games. It is a great movie and in this is its triumph.