The People vs. George Lucas (2010) English- Documentary Not Rated Runtime- 92 min. dir. Alexandre O. Philippe
If there is one type of movie that manages to either break or confirm my expectations to a forte on a regular basis, it is documentaries. What I mean to say is that this particular genre works on more of a pass/fail grading scale than others. The film will either work, and be interesting to viewers both inside and outside the subject matter. Or it will fail, either drawing only a niche audience and bombing commercially, or not execute on the basics of film.
Starts off well, explaining Mr. Lucas’ background in film prior to Star Wars. Winding it’s way through the release history, it collects fans’ opinions about different aspects of the films. The ending is a little wishy-washy, as a definitive ending is hard to pull off with a balanced approach.
You can tell that the fans that are featured are very passionate about the films, whether they agree with Mr. Lucas or not.
Uses a lot of sent in and archival footage as the “main course” for the presentation of the debates. Doesn’t always sit well.
Other than some of the editing slips, pretty good in its presentation of the material.
It ends up being a pretty good collection of opinions about an oft-discussed issue in nerd culture.
Pretty good, especially for fans of the flicks.
P.S.- Here’s a couple of sites referenced in the movie:
http://originaltrilogy.com/ <== A site devoted to talking about the debate between release formats. Also has petition for release of Original Theatrical cuts of the first 3 films.
http://originaltrilogy.com/fan-edits/index.cfm <== A sub-site to originaltrilogy that has a bunch of “fan edits” of lots of movies, including Star Wars.