Movie Review-Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story

Plot- This documentary shows how the classic board game has become a worldwide staple into culture. And thru interviews, tv footage and the players themselves, we watch players who come together to compete for the coveted title of Monopoly World Champion.

Review-I remember when you heard news about a documentary or watched one, it was about a historical event or something that changed a state, city. Boy have the times changed. Now a days, it seems like they have a doc about everything. From McDonald’s, to cutting grass, to any pop culture staple. Monopoly one would think, ok what can this documentary offer. Let me be honest, this entertained me and my wife from start to finish, even thru the special features. Part of the charm of this doc, was the filming style. It did not start with a history lesson, and then go to modern day, as the film went on. You do get the Monopoly history, but it is not till half way into the film. You get to relive the history of Monopoly, thru the eyes and words of people who were either there, or somehow were a part in it. This is the first documentary that i can recommend to anyone young or old. We learn how the Landlord Game in 1903, created by Elisabeth McGee went on after 2 rejections to become Monopoly in 1935. Also we watch the Monopoly World Championship, as well as the qualifiers, semi finals and online tourney. During the championship game they introduce the ” speed dice”. Which makes the bankrupting of a person so much faster. We watch a 6th grade teacher use Monopoly to teach his kids math. And we also witness a character named John who is so championship obsessive, it is borderline scary. This film shows the world wide appeal of this game, and what it means to all the cultures. The bonus features, offers you more footage from the championship games.

This was a fun little film. Narrated by Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck), the film doesn’t require you to be an expert on the game. Everything is explained, so the movie will be entertaining to just about any casual viewer. This film should appeal to everyone. For history people, the history of Monopoly is uncovered. For gamer types, the latest round of national championships around the world and the World Championship in Las Vegas will keep your attention. All in all, if you love the game, you will love the film. If not, maybe this film may get you into the game.

8 out of 10