Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Writer: Alexandre O. Philippe

Composer: Jon Hegel

Starring: Gary Kurtz, Neil Gaiman, David Prowse, Anthony Waye, Sandy Lieberson, Joe Leydon, Chris Gore, Joe Nussbaum, Dale Pollock, Glenn Kenny

More info: IDMb

Tagline: Any objections?

Plot:  Star Wars fans vent their anger at George Lucas over the many and varied transgressions they perceive he has committed over the years. The complaints are threefold. Firstly, fans are upset at the digital tinkering Lucas made to the original trilogy. They are particularly upset by the fact that he refuses to release the original films along with the digitally enhanced versions. The second complaint is fan disappointment with the second trilogy: the story, the characters, changing the mythology etc...The third complaint is that he has enriched himself not only through film revenues but also from marketing everything under the sun with a Star Wars label.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

After the STAR WARS prequels came out, fans of the franchise solidified their love/hate relationship with George Lucas, myself included.  He seemed like a monster out of control, a man who'd lost touch with his own vision or at least the dream he was chasing in the 1970s.  I'm in the camp that he majorly fucked up but what you can't shake is the greatness that is STAR WARS (1977) and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) and, to a lesser effect, RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983).  THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS gets opinions from the fans ranging from regular Joes to professionals like Neil Gaiman.  You get to hear from many sides including Lucas (but without any interview for this film).  It's a fun film if you have a horse in this race and you're going to agree with a lot of what's said no matter where you stand on the issue.  This picture isn't out to change any minds but comfort us in that are feelings are probably justified and that we're obviously not alone.  Lucas can justify all day long about why he does what he does and he's right, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.  He built the SW universe.  It's his characters, his toys and his rules.  The bottom line is, despite how much we think he's screwed it all up, we wouldn't be having these conversations without his creating it all.  We're passionate because we fell in love with '77 and '80 and those two films shaped many of our childhood.  We'll always have Paris. 

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