"If only you knew the power of the Dark Side."-Darth Vader from The Empire Strikes Back
As our gaming session fell apart last night due to birthing a baby, my wife and I went out to the local movie house in Tucson, The Loft, and caught The People vs George Lucas - an entertaining and often hilarious documentary about a bunch of 40 something geeks loving and hating on the famed director's revisionist obsession of their childhood space fantasy sandbox; the Star Wars epic.
The People vs George Lucas touches on all the famed subjects of this infamous debate over the original Star Wars, the prequels and the revised editions of the original movies. It leaves no stone unturned as director Alexandre O. Philippe hits everything from Amadala to Jar Jar and all the midichlorians in-between. Filled with interviews, clips from the movies and fan made films it's a clever 'Hell-ride' (yes, there's even an appearance by Wesley Willis
Philippe's camera is not only focused on George Lucas but also the sub-culture that was spawned back in 1977 and the obsessed fans who we can probably identify with all too well. In fact, as the folks interviewed recount their experiences of the original films and then the long awaited prequels you can't help but feel a part of the same emotional roller-coaster ride that well all experienced.
The film is limited release right now but it is well worth trying to get previewed into your town.
It's a brilliant and entertaining little movie about a man who expanded our dream of a galaxy far far away and then demolished it.....from a certain point of view.