Bad VHS style film stock aside, this is a fascinating documentary, and one I highly recommend. All the children are given a fair amount of coverage, and best of all there is a strong narrative that structures the film.
Not only is this an interesting documentary about childlike drive and ambition, but it is thoroughly and endlessly entertaining. You wouldn't think a spelling bee could be exciting and funny, but this documentary is all that and more.
Spellbound is a fun documentary that opens your eyes to the spelling Subculture. It also shows you a window into a childhood that involves parents who push their children too hard, and do not allow them to be kids. It is a very entertaining movie.