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The People Vs. George Lucas

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They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them... the prequels. The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes to George Lucas himself, many have found their ardor has … see full wiki

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a trip down memory lane

  • Aug 26, 2012
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This is a surprisingly effective documentary about the fandom of Star Wars. It's not about the movies, or the making of the movies, but rather the effect the movie has had on fans. It primarily tracks the original generation of Star Wars fans who played with the original Kenner figures back when the movie was simply called "Star Wars". It then shows fans' reactions to the Special Editions and the Prequels.

The thing that makes the documentary unique is that it's comprised almost entirely of interviews and fan videos. There are some really funny videos - by fans - spoofing the movies. Some of them are really impressive too. Almost no clips from the actual movies, which I think helped show how fans feel such a sense of ownership over Star Wars.

The movie also gives you insights into how emotional Star Wars has become for some fans. I was shocked by the vile and vitriol expressed by some fans on film. Some of it inappropriate for kids.

There were two points where I felt the documentary fell short. First, the director could have used a bit more discretion in selecting the more interesting interviews/clips. I for one found the various fan Star Wars songs painful to the ears.

Second, the documentary largely sticks with the older generation of fans. I think it shows their journey well. However, younger fans are only given a brief moment on screen. It would have been interesting to see if (as I suspect) many of them like the Prequels and Special Editions better. After all, Star Wars fandom is still alive and well, with many who turn to the Clone Wars show to get their fix. I myself am in the in-between generation so while I don't like everything about the Prequels, I don't feel they raped my childhood.

Overall, this is a great trip down memory lane for fans.

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