The People vs. George Lucas

2011

The People vs. George Lucas

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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

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Critic Reviews for The People vs. George Lucas

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  • Eentertaining if mildly worrisome.

    Jun 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'The People vs. George Lucas" is an open- and-shut case, but that doesn't mean it can't also be an entertaining one.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The People vs. George Lucas

  • Mar 25, 2017
    I love Star Wars just as much as the next person. However, unlike more than two thirds of the interviewees in this documentary I don't feel the need to put George Lucas on a pedestal as if he is the one thing everyone should worship. George Lucas is an ordinary human being who did what he did out of passion and his love for telling stories the way he wanted to, the fact of the matter is that these particular interviewees are part of a generation who experienced what they experienced and are literally 'outspoken'. I also hate the fact when someone admits they like something that someone else prominent in this documentary doesn't like they'll say "You're Wrong". Thus this so-called-documentary comes off as a biased attack at things associated with Star Wars we've all heard especially here on the internet. Worst of all I couldn't stand the film not trying to imply any prejudicial claims against George Lucas. Sure, I have my criticisms for George Lucas especially when it came to his creative decisions and times he for any lack of better words 'overstepped the line'. I find it to be an inexcusable and inhumane misinterpretation on Lucas' part who I believe deserves a lot more respect than the most vocal minority of Star Wars fans who continue to make ridiculous claims like "raped my childhood" 'pfft'. I'd rather have something on why there are generations that like what they like, not focused on a large vocal minority full of narcissistic views and opinions that think they're the center of the world more than the person they're talking about. This film is a reflection of itself; an outdated amateur display of pretentious commentary and online skits, devoid of credibility, insight or actual debate. If there're people who identify with those being focused on or interviewed in this film they might get some enjoyment out of it more than me. However, it makes fan culture look bad and hardly celebrates it enough to even recommend. Just Skip It!
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
    Smart and informative, The People vs. George Lucas examines the controversy within the Star Wars fan community over George Lucas. The film provides a revealing look at the eccentricities of Star Wars fans, and the effect that the series has had on their lives. However, the majority of the film focuses on the backlash against Lucas's special edition cuts of the original Star Wars films and the Prequel Trilogy. Numerous fans and filmmakers discuss these issues, and the impact that it has had on the legacy of the franchise. Entertaining and provocative, The People vs. George Lucas is a fascinating and eye-opening documentary.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    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.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    Not bad. Pretty one-sided...some of the problems that fans have with Lucas are really nit-picky. There was absolutely nothing wrong with remaking the films in 1997...this is what actually got me into the franchise in the first place, as I'm sure is true for a generation of younger Star Wars films. People just need to learn to get over themselves sometimes. I thought they would make a legitimate case against him, but it's the same shit being said over and over again...one person just piling on after the other. And people who attack his films do so retardedly...everyone always attacks SW: Episode 1 and IJ: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but of those series, Episode 2 and the Temple of Doom are the by far the worst films in these series, respectively.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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