Narrated by Zachary Levi, this fascinating documentary delves into the 75-year history and high-stakes world championship of Monopoly, the classic board game that has been played by over a billion people worldwide.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
I don't follow the many reviews that only got "35 people saying i like Monopoly" out of this. They clearly didnt watch much of this show. I enjoyed the history and tournaments, looking at the memorabilia - we have a version in my area that represents my local college football team - and how they came by the tokens. The political angle was interesting, it actually IS a commentary on capitalism I hadn't considered - and the role the game played during wartime was interesting too. The 6th grade teacher sounds very creative and fun, but geez did he ever make an intense enemy, WOW! IDK what the guy's name was but he was obsessed to the point of getting people disqualified for not obeying rules that sound like stuff he made up, hiring his own personal coaching team, and openly rooting against the 6th grade teacher, calling him "the dark knight", cheering his opponents on strictly so the teacher, who made the top 4 in the US (unlike him), would lose, causing problems for people online for so-called " cheating", etc. The story one of his targets told made me laugh, bc although Mr Intensity caused him problems short term, he went on to win later anyway, which Sourpuss has yet to do despite his full coaching staff he put together and travels with! He was SO intense, his own personally hired coaches told him to lighten the heck up bc he was turning people off and making them hesitate to make trades with him! I certainly wouldn't ever play with him, not only would he be no fun, he's downright nasty. The new red dice to speed up the game, I'm not a fan of, and I LIKE the pot in the middle of the board if you land on free parking, what's the big hurry?!?
It made me want to try playing Monopoly again and I hate that game. I've played with too many cheaters and did the house rules of $ on board not realizing it makes the game longer. Nice tips to play, follow people as they get to qualify for tournaments and get to learn about how, where and why on the game itself. Fun watch~
You are walking into precisely what you expect to walk into here. Its presentation of the subject matter is charming, witty, and clever at times, while still offering detailed and surprisingly unknown information on the board game and its origins. It was entertaining and fun, and a good watch.
Enjoyed it. At least one old codger who lies and accuses people of cheating, which I thought was really tacky, if not downright sour grapes. Of course, in my eyes it’s only a game, not my self worth! After all, I cannot remember my first game or my last one. Regardless, it was worth watching for the historical aspect alone
Twenty minutes in there is a brief, confusing history of the game, from the irrelevant angle of "this is where this happened, and it's this far away from where this other thing happened." The rest of the film is not-terribly-articulate everyday people telling us they play monopoly. Clueless.
Producer Kevin Tostado shows that there than meets the eye for players of the game Monopoly in the documentary Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story. In more than an hour, the meaning of the game goes beyond pieces on a board gme but a way of life for diehard fans, experts, and former chmps of the game. The documentary focuses on the 2009 World Championship but within the parameters is the story behind the game that began with a patent for a game created by Illinois Quaker Elizabeth Magie in 1903 but later passed on to several people until it landed in the hands of Charles Darrow 30 years later.
The documentary is entertaining, educational, and informative in so many ways. For viewers that have played Monopoly since childhood it is near and dear and filled with fond memories of family and friends gathering and competing. The game was initially created to teach about capitalism and the results of the Great Depression, but with any form of actuvity that brings people together food, literature and music, and for this example play. The game has its place in history, especially during the Holocaust and World War II at a POW camp, and series of cameos and references of the game being played. In addition the game has gone through changes through the years from its first inception as a hand-made board game that had game pieces that originated from a charm bracelet; with that footnote, according to players of the game everyone has had a favorite, the iron, racecar, wheelbarrow, and tophat, the documentary was filmed in 2009 and since, the iron was replaced by a cat and the wheelbarrow, thimble, and boot were replaced by a few tokens of a T-Rex, ducky, and penguin.
In spite of the evolution that the game Monopoly experienced in its over 80 year history, it is an instution to everyone that has played it and has been shared with the rest of the world.