The People vs. George Lucas (2011)
The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes to George Lucas himself-one of the most passionately debated filmmakers of all time-many have found their ardor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas's cultural legacy, asking all the tough questions. Has Lucas betrayed his masterwork? Should he have left the original trilogy alone? Will he ever redeem himself in their eyes, and more importantly, does he have any obligation to do so? Combining key testimonies from Gary Kurtz (producer of American Graffiti, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back), Dave Prowse (a.k.a. Darth Vader), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, American Gods) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now), and fan footage from around the globe that includes interviews, stop-motion animation, Super 8 action figure films and puppet rants, The People Vs. George Lucas takes a hard look at the man behind the most popular franchise in film history and asks: What the hell happened? (USA/UK, 2010) --(c)Landmark … More
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Critic Reviews for The People vs. George Lucas
A surprisingly level headed exploration into the revolt of a fanatical fan base towards their messiah that is funny, insightful and just a tad silly.
For disillusioned fans like myself, it's a unnecessary reminder of the things you hate about a thing you used to love.
An outstanding look at the enormously dysfunctional relationship between a creator and his adoring fans.
Really a testament to the hollow fruitless worship of the Star Wars Saga...
The visionary behind 'Star Wars' could learn a thing or two from the smart, and richly comic, documentary The People vs. George Lucas
A skillfully edited, wide-ranging look at a subject that's very close to many movie fans' hearts.
A devastating indictment of our modern geek culture of entitlement.
... The Modesto Merchandiser did a generation's imagining for them and left these kids with a mortgage sized bill for services rendered.
This look at Star Wars fanatics and their love-hate relationship with George Lucas turns out to be more interesting than most fanboy docs because director Alexandre O. Philippe touches on some fairly knotty matters of film history and creative ownership.
This thoroughly entertaining documentary will appeal mostly to people just like me: those who were total Star Wars obsessives starting back in 1977.
The nerd-rage on display when discussing Lucas' ceaseless tinkering with his films -- to say nothing of the midi-chlorians debate -- is ... plenty entertaining.
Entertaining...Director Alexandre O. Philippe incorporates an impressive amount of footage not only from the "Star Wars" movies but from the many fan films and spoofs that have been produced.
You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods - and beyond - were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon.
If you're a Force completist, this is as crucial as a bootleg of 1978's "Star Wars Holiday Special." Which, by the way, was awesome.
It catalogues and recalls events so vividly that it will become a communal experience for those with conflicted feelings about Luke, Han and those stupid, furry things from Episode VI.
There's a lot of anger floating around in "The People vs.," but Mr. Philippe somehow manages to make the overall tone good-hearted, and he ends on a sentimental note of exasperated love for the man frequently referred to as "the creator."
'The People vs. George Lucas" is an open- and-shut case, but that doesn't mean it can't also be an entertaining one.
Despite the provocative title, this Star Wars-themed documentary is less effective as a legal brief than as a portrait of contemporary fandom.
Audience Reviews for The People vs. George Lucas
Interesting and must see documentary for Star Wars fans that feel that George Lucas destroyed his masterwork by re editing his films and dumbing them down. This film looks at the cultural impact of Star Wars, the legacy it has created, the infamous prequels that don't hold a candle to the originals. I grew a diehard Star Wars fan, and I remember when Phantom Menace came out, I was 14 at the time. I thought it was a decent film, but it didn't have that spark that the originals had. Also with the tweaked special editions, I felt it ruined the original experience of watching the original Star Wars trilogy, and made me ask the question, why fix something when itMore
Theres a strong sense of romanticism that echoes in this documentary. It proves its point from many of interviews but goes to a point of overkill with this as well.More
This is such a great documentary, since it perfectly covers and conveys the love hate relationships inherent in Star Wars fandom. This movie is specifically about fans of the first trilogy, and the ways in which George has changed the movies over the years. It's a perfect expression of the deep love and equally deep resentment that the fans have toward Lucas for A) creating something they love and B) relentlessly tampering with it and diminishing its resemblance to the original they loved. It's ironic that the more ownership Lucas takes over his creation, the more detached he becomes from what it was he created in the first place. What's really remarkable about this movie is that it doesn't take sides, really, because it gives equal voice to fans of all different opinions. Why is it that the prequel trilogy is so hated by fans of the originals - is it because they're bad, because they're different, or is it because the original fans have grown up? The fans included in the film fall all over the spectrum in their feelings: from blind anger to bitterness to reluctant admiration. Their love for the movies is undeniable, but their opinion of its creator is considerably more contested. I kind of wish that George Lucas had been interviewed for this film, since his voice is the one missing from this dialogue. He's present in archived interview footage, though. This documentary is insightful, affectionate and really rather balanced.More
I know I am biased to love this film because I am a Star Wars lover and I do have strong opinions about the role that George Lucas takes in reimagining his old films, but I do believe this film will resonate with a lot of viewers. It takes every side of the debate, and there are truly many facets to the wanderlust that George Lucas has been going through for the past twenty years. Not only does the film look after what George has accomplished, but what he has done to his films, the impact on his fans, the politics of an entire generation following around a genius and then going against him at a pivotal time in film history. The fans are the greatest aspect of the film, because they are most covered by the filmmaker and are shown a decent level of respect and given considerable credibility. What makes this about more than fan worship is the fact that interviews are taken from all sides of the spectrum, the prequels are shown in a favorable light now and again, and judgment is given to the audience member to dictate their own feelings, giving allegiance to one side of the debate and having their minds altered by the other. It is a mind changing film, because every side is given a lot of say in the documentary and it's more than Lucas' power being questioned. It's the dynamic of him and his fans, how much say he gives them and how he loves them, and yet they revile him for his choices. He changes his art, and the fans go against him by signing a petition, and arguing with the use of his ill stated testimony in 1988 on the colorization of black and white films against his own alterations in CGI. His enigmatic presence and his place in the annals of film industry cannot be challenged, and all his fans at least agree to that, so the ensuing debate is all the more heated and heartbreaking. Fair warning to all non-Star Wars fans or anyone who hasn't seen any of the films, and that also includes Indiana Jones: do not watch this! It makes little sense to do so, because this is about fan culture, and it will be confusing and downright boring for anyone else. This is not an abject flaw of the filmmaker though, it is the message of the film, so don't take it as such. I still say this is a comprehensive and loving tribute to the "Grand Creator" even if it is one set in a negative light.More
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