Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jedi Junkies (2010)

Director: Mark Edlitz

Writer: ???

Composer: ???

Starring: Ray Park, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, Olivia Munn and tons of fans and collectors

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The force is strong with them

Plot: A film about the world's most dedicated Star Wars fans. From lightsaber wielding martial arts academies to a filmmaker who built the world's only life-size Millennium Falcon, from a Monster Garage-esque sculptor whose professional livelihood is building custom lightsabers to metal-bikini wearing dancers who embody Slave Leia, the film offers viewers a rare glimpse into rabid fans' personal and professional self expression that borders on obsession.

My rating: 6/10 (I'd go a little lower but I'm a Star Wars fan so they get one point just for that)

Will I watch it again? No.

In an effort to show the different areas of dedication that Star Wars fans have, it's a decent start but it's not as good as it should have been.  Too much time, for example, was spent on a group of folks building a life size Millennium Falcon and that's just one of a few times they over extend their welcome.  The trouble is, it's hardly a full scale ship and it's pretty shabby.  I'm not saying I could build a better one (maybe) but the film makers shouldn't have spent so much time with it.  JJ is a fan film about fans, and for that it succeeds but it falls short of having long-lasting appeal, enough to want to watch it again.  Someday someone will bring us the epic, instant classic, film about fans that will be engaging, funny and filled with the love that a lot of us share for the Star Wars universe.  It's currently on Netflix instant and it's only 75 minutes so it's easy to digest.

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