Thursday, October 27, 2011

DVD Review: The People vs. George Lucas

Yeah, DVD reviews are gonna be happening from now on. Fairly unavoidable what with my schedule and such, but I'll still try to keep them to a minimum and try to keep them short (my reviews generally run about a page, these'll probably go about half).

Anyway, if you're a fan of Star Wars and spend a certain amount of time on the internet, you're probably aware of the somewhat...complicated relationship the franchise has with it's fans. Quick version on my end:...Yeah, the original trilogy is one of my favorite films series of all time (in particular Empire) and I completely understand the hatred leveled at the new films and the Special Editions. But you'll never hear me saying that George Lucas raped my childhood.

Oh yeah, for those of you out of the know, hating the versions and the prequels has become a full time obsession, as full time as loving the originals was. And The People vs. George Lucas sets out to timeline and document the love-hate relationship in it's entirety, as well as discuss it's broader artistic, cultural and financial implications.

Those of you out there expecting a hate filled rant like the still justifiably lauded Red Letter Media reviews will be disappointed. It's actually quite a fair documentary, interviewing people with opinions on both sides. And not just fans, real filmmakers and writers (plus Neil fucking Gaiman) give opinions in support of both sides.

It's also well directed, keeping good pace and being mostly well presented. I don't want to oversell it, it's not perfect. It's very slow to get started and it's not particularly friendly to outsiders (if you're not familiar with the subject matter, it doesn't go out of it's way to introduce it to you) and in terms of 2011 documentaries it's nowhere near the level of Tabloid. But still, it's a well made and agreeable documentary that approaches it's somewhat touchy (in nerd culture) subject. If you're a Star Wars fan and are looking for an interesting take on the creator fan interaction in the case of Star Wars then this is well worth a look.

Elessar is a 21 year old Alaskan born cinephile and he just realized he forgot the sign off.

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