A lot of documentaries that does not capture the audience's attention is due to their methodical dry presentation of their material. Rubble Kings thankfully does not suffer from this. John Leguizamo does an excellent job as the narrator, with colorful personalities like "Yellow" Benji and Karate Charlie with tales of their youthful gang days keeps this documentary interesting. Seeing the story told in many different ways from interviews to old footage and even colorful animation is what keeps you entertained and educated. I especially love the animation which I would not expect from this type of documentary. What I also love about the documentary is the stories of how the Bronx essentially came to be a forgotten borough of lower income families as the rich and middle class flee north of the city.
The film while it touches on the violence of that time, I felt for the most part sugar coated it. Not only with regards to the violence but any criminal activity the interviewees may have been a part of was never discussed. As well while the story rightly centers on the Ghetto Brothers, I would have loved to see more diverse stories from different points of view. Especially in regards to rival gangs, or the law enforcement involved with tackling these gangs. Yes, we get some views from this side, but would have love to have been provided a fuller picture with more in-depth looks. Perhaps the filmmaker didn't want to take away from the positive message of the film and thus chose not to focus on these other matters.