Friday, August 27, 2010
The highlight of my Wizard World Chicago Comic Con experience this year by far was getting to see an awesome documentary making the festival rounds currently, The People vs. George Lucas. This doc humorously examines the controversial (geek) issue of George Lucas' crimes against his fan base (the special editions, the prequels, the merchandising, etc.)
Taking an unbiased view in this war, the film takes playful jabs at the fans who have become more than obsessed with the Star Wars mythos as well as George himself who has fueled the fan hatred for himself on more than one occasion. Covering everything from the the original trilogy not being released for this generation (dvds/blu-rays) to why this man has inspired so many only now to be despised by a lot of them, this popcorn documentary takes a look at something real with out being to serious making it accessible to everyone, not just us Star Wars nerds.
On the technical side this documentary also does something a little bit different, hopefully to be seen more in the future. Back in 2007 when the film began production a website was set up to build buzz as well as accept footage from Star Wars fans around the world to be included in the film. So in addition to showing the opinions of people like nerd-film critic Chris Gore and famous author Neil Gaiman the viewer is treated to the rants and recreations of tons of fans.
The People vs. George Lucas is a brilliant 5 out 5 stars in my opinion. Engages the audience, makes them laugh while thinking, and delivers a complete film. I highly recommend checking this film out if you get the chance, even if you aren't a huge Star Wars fan this film will help you see what all the hype is about. At the comic con screening, we also got to enjoy a worthwhile Q and A session with Director Alexandre O. Philippe and producer Robert Muratore, who both really showed a passion to the film and subject matter so much so that I will definitely be checking out what ever they get into next. So go see the film if it makes it a festival around you and if not add it to your netflix queue or amazon wish list immediately so you get to it on dvd when it makes it there.