Darkon is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that follows the real-life adventures of the Darkon Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers.
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★★★½ review by Jeff on Letterboxd
Rewatched because I thought I didn't remember it very well. Was only kind of true.
A large part of the documentary deals with the internal politics of the game/fantasy world of Darkon. And while it's slightly amusing listening to these people talk entirely in super dramatic speeches, it's about as entertaining as exposition in any other fantasy movie (i.e. boring). The film is far more interesting when it's delving into the participants' real lives and why they are so devoted to this other life they have created for themselves.
Despite my misgivings toward the fantasy aspects of Darkon, the final battle is absolutely amazing. The filmmakers pulled out all the stops to make a bunch of grown men hitting each other with rubber swords look epic as fuck: swooping crane shots, slo-mo, steadicam, slowed frame rates ... it's really phenomenal.
★★★★★ review by Cameron Croston on Letterboxd
The sword, the shield, and the American dream.
★★★★ review by Joshua Hoover on Letterboxd
"Everybody wants to be a hero, and in everyday life, most of the time you don't get to be the hero."
A terrific comedy action documentary.
★★★★ review by jesse hicks on Letterboxd
this is a great documentary about live action role players inhabiting the world of Darkon near Baltimore, Maryland. very sad
★★★★ review by GJOP on Letterboxd
Darkon is a wonderful film that delves into the world of LARPing in a very subjective yet fascinating way, essentially being two films in one. It uses a beautiful score, dramatic cinematography, and strategically guided exposition to augment the in game narrative of the underdog nation led by Bannor of Laconia rallying its countrymen and allies to square off against an entitled empire led by Keldar. It also takes a step back to show the real life counterparts of Skip and Kenyon who pour their heart and soul into LARPing. Both are impassioned leaders who have used LARP as a means for developing skills as people to grow into adulthood. This film really treats LARP with a huge level of respect and reverence and I only wish there was more of it. It definitely warrants repeated viewings.
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