on October 17, 2013
The People vs. George Lucas is a fantastic documentary that is worth the watch for diehard fans of Star Wars, it deals with a lot of the issues that fans have been B.S.ing for the last several years including Greedo Shooting First, The Fans HATRED for Jar Jar Binks, and The end result of The Phantom Menace. Overall The People vs. George Lucas is a fantastic Documentary that is worth watching if you are a fan of Star Wars.
This is a highly enjoyable film for the right audience. For those disinterested in the on-going debates over the prequel trilogy, the changes to the originals and the question of to whom does art belong (the artist or the people) they probably won't take to it. If you are interested you should find it entertaining. It doesn't offer a lot of new info or profound insights to these subjects but it interviews many fans and artists which keep the debates fresh and thought-provoking.
Does Star Wars ultimately belong to the fans or to the creator? Is it right for an artist to rework his art, over and over, despite multiple and never-ending outcries of the hardcore fans to stop doing so? I find it interesting how Lucas himself had spoken out against the editing of films (colorizing B&W films) and also pointed out that FX is just a means of telling a story and not the story itself. My, has he ever changed as a filmmaker/film lover.
This documentary is fast-paced and bounces back and forth between snippets of interviews and fan films. Personally, I prefer the extended interviews in the Special Features section more. The docu itself is sharply edited (parroting the original SW editing style) and tries to be non-biased on the subjects raised. That being said, by the end it's very clear that the film's overall message is directed at Lucas: please listen to your fans!
I bought this film on DVD because I was unable to find it online for free. I looked everywhere--and I mean everywhere--and it was nowhere! Its producers have certainly worked very hard in keeping this film off the Internet so that if we want to see it we are forced to buy it. This is rather ironic: forcing the SW to come up with cash for it during a time of a `global recession'. Does SW belong to the fans? What about a documentary that speaks for these fans? (Just saying, not complaining (I'm glad I bought it.)
Highly recommended for Star Wars fans or anyone interested in the subjects of film art ownership, popular culture or moral questions in marketing.
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I may have been expecting too much. Yes, the documentary is impressive in its fan collection of many re-creations and tributes, and there are a few credible verbal contributions from those who did and did not work with George Lucas. But everyone seems to have their own complaint - some nit-picky, others valid (again depending on your perspective). The film's main point is made - why can't fans have access to a dvd of the original version of Star Wars (1977)? But as a documentary, it didn't seem to say anything new - and for me was a let down. Still, The People Vs. George Lucas is adequate. It runs approx. 1 1/2 hr., with some extended interviews and footage as well as commentary for bonus materials on the dvd.