Why ‘The Speed Cubers’ Had Kevin Smith Crying Hard

We’ve all toiled and played around with a Rubik’s Cube as a kid. But did you know there’s a whole underground subculture of Rubik’s Cubers with lightning fast fingers? The new Netflix documentary The Speed Cubers, directed by Sue Kim, shows us a glimpse of the fascinating world. After randomly stumbling upon the film, writer-directors Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin of Fatman and Beyond share their thoughts on the documentary.

The Speed Cubers…a 45-minute documentary … not a huge commitment of time, every one of them 45 minutes, GOLD!

The Speed Cubers is definitely an eye-opening experience for the two. For one, they are both surprised by how massive the Rubik’s Cube culture is and found it fascinating how skilled the kids featured in the documentary are; some of them being able to solve a cube one handed in under 10 seconds just as a warm up. With shots of gigantic sized ballrooms and conventions centers filled with Rubik’s Cube fanatics, the film has Kevin and Marc in awe of the sheer popularity of this underground movement.

I always love movies about subcultures that I don’t know anything about.

The film focuses on the story and relationship between two Rubik’s Cubers, Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs, who Kevin and Marc immediately feel an incredibly emotional connection to. It definitely leads to some tear-jerking moments throughout the film:

The human story of this 45-minute documentary had me ballin’ the whole fucking way through.

Kevin especially finds the film to be so engaging and almost relatable in the way the film is able to tell the story of Max Park, who is on the autistic spectrum, and how he is able to find his voice through the Rubik’s Cube and through an unlikely friendship with Feliks Zemdegs, a Rubik's Cube champion and world record holder. He applauds the way the documentary focuses on the their journey of triumph, positivity and pushing through when things get hard.

The thing that had me balling … they talked about how Max, who is the kid on the spectrum, he loves the other kid … who is the world champion from Australia … for whatever reason he responded to him.

The film strikes a chord with Kevin who reflects back on all the little moments he takes for granted with his own children when seeing how the smallest victories make such a monumental impact on the life of Max Park and his family.

Both agree it is a great feel good film that is definitely worth the time to watch:

It was one of the most engaging things I’ve watched throughout the entire quarantine.

Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin host their Fatman and Beyond show weekly on their YouTube channel.