Ryan and Amy Green, sweethearts since they were in their teens, are now married and have a big family. Their third son, Joel, however, has been diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer. Ryan, a video game designer, begins pouring his energy into developing a video game, called That Dragon, Cancer, which serves as a heightened, stylized, but deeply autobiographical account of the entire family’s journey dealing with Joel’s illness. Along the way, directors David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Warrall chronicle the ups and downs of the experience, as yet a further document of Joel’s tragically brief life.
Thank You For Playing is a wildly uneven documentary about a deeply sympathetic story. Looking at the film (and the game) simply as a vehicle to illustrate the ways the Greens cope with Joel’s illness, this is a moving and uniquely tragic story about the ways humans use art to communicate. A…Read the entire review