The People Vs. George Lucas
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A documentary examining the complicated relationship STAR WARS fans have with George Lucas, in the wake of his constant tinkering with the original trilogy, and his tepid prequels.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I first heard about THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS- my first reaction was, “who cares?”. I know, I know- if it wasn’t for the insane effect STAR WARS has had on pop culture, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do. Truth be told, I loved the original trilogy growing up. Heck, I still do- although I rarely revisit them these days.
When I was in high school, I was OBSESSED, and my STAR WARS geekiness knew no bounds. In a way, THE PHANTOM MENACE was the best thing that could have happened to me, as it broke the spell the series held over me for most of my childhood. “Oh yeah,” I remember saying to myself after watching it opening night in theaters, “it’s just another bad movie.”
I still have a lot of respect for the trilogy, but I haven’t been a real fan since 1999. That said, STAR WARS was like my gateway drug to films, and if the films hadn’t had the effect on me that they did- I don’t know that I’d be the film-obsessed writer that I am.
But what about George Lucas? A lot of his fans seem to despise him these days. I get the anger, as Lucas’ tinkering with his films is almost funny at this point, in how oblivious he is to what the fans what to see. I’ve always thought that Lucas was doing this on-purpose just to screw with people, as I suspect he harbours a lot of resentment towards his own creation- and that notion is examined here.
Lucas does indeed seem like a money-grubbing, Charles Foster Kane type figure at times, but it can’t be denied that by criticizing him, fans are biting the hand that feeds them. If they don’t like what he’s doing- they should stop throwing money at him. This though it also examined thoroughly, and I appreciate the fact that the film is well balanced in this regard.
THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS is surprisingly short on extras. Tjere are NO bonus interviews with the participants, which would have been nice. However, we do get a fun commentary by the filmakers, and a fifteen minute piece called THE PEOPLE VS. STAR WARS 3D which was shot at comic-con, and features lots of fans debating the gimmick of 3D, and whether it should be applied to STAR WARS (it's happening, whether you like it or not folks). There's also a music video and a bonus interview with STAR WARS producer Gary Kurtz , who having had his own share of criticism for Lucas over the years, gets in some juicy info. Finally, there's some STAR WARS Poetry Slam b-roll. Umm, yeah....
Wherever you stand on Lucas, and his infernal tinkering, THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS is a fun film to watch. The STAR WARS fans, even at their most obsessive, are always an entertaining, funny bunch, and it's an easy, breezy ninety minute watch. I should also mention that our head honcho, Mr. JoBlo himself, also pops up to offers his two cents on the phenom, and has a nice comment about how, at the end of the day, Lucas is just a human being, and is entitled to mistakes. Here, here! Just don't get me started on fuckin' Jar-Jar Binks!