First Look: The People vs. George Lucas

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

It is rare that you’ll find a Star Wars fan who genuinely believes the saga is perfect. Even more rare is the theatrical release of a Star Wars-related documentary that may have an anti-George Lucas slant. However, this is precisely what The People vs. George Lucas has done.

It’s hard to imagine that Lucas’ limitless wealth couldn’t bring the production to a halt, or that he didn’t create a real-life droid army to prevent its completion. Don’t scoff, you know he could do it if he wanted to.

Premiering at the SXSW Film and Music Festival, Alexandre Philippe’s documentary provides an objective view of Star Wars from all sides, including those with a deep-seeded hatred for the saga. Then again, the creation of this documentary can’t be entirely objective, can it? Only the final product will tell that tale. In an interview with Film School Rejects, Philippe described the process and his hopes of making such an ambitious film.

“It inflames people’s passion for or against George and I think we created a balanced debate. We don’t let George off the hook when we thought we shouldn’t and we don’t let the fans off the hook when we thought we shouldn’t. That was the real challenge.”

“I think it’s really important for people to know that we’re not bitter fans. We love the movies George Lucas has made and I deeply care about film preservation. This film is a really balanced debate. There is a lot of love, there is a lot of frustration and we’re just ultimately trying to understand that from a cultural perspective.”

There you have it. That’s really all you can ask of any documentary filmmaker and something that will make this more than just a Michael Moore-style propaganda film. Star Wars has created an amazing cultural rift on an international scale – it’s about time somebody took a hard look as to why people get so passionate about the films, instead of just emphasizing how cool light sabers and Yoda are.

poster First Look: The People vs. George Lucas

Yes, the mythology is there and the characters are iconic, but what George Lucas did to the saga, starting with the Ewoks in Return of The Jedi, deserves scrutiny. There are just so many levels as to how Lucas tampered with (and merchandised) his own creative genius; many people have opinions as to where the films went wrong (Jar-Jar Binks and the casting of Hayden Christensen?), and others believe that since it is all Lucas’ vision, therefore it is perfect.

Using fan-submitted videos, interviews with David Prowse (Darth Vader), and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, the film took over three years to finish and explores the truly painful relationship between George Lucas and the fans of his space opera. It’s too bad they couldn’t actually get George Lucas to appear in the film, but it won’t matter in the end. This is about the people affected by the Star Wars saga and why they would go to such bizarre lengths to prove a point.

The People vs. George Lucas was shown exclusively to 2010 SXSW audiences and a release date has yet to be announced. Check out  the trailer below.

Source: Film School Rejects

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  1. Right? I laughed so hard from that moment on. He's a filmmaker himself – he should teach a course on the subject. His points about character were dead on. He has a trailer up now for his next review in the series.

  2. The people involved in this need a severe slap to the head, George Lucas has given film fans a hell of a lot over the years, what film maker hasnt made a duff movie?

    Phantom Menace – Has really grown on me over the years. I like it. 7/10

    Attack Of The Clones – The only one I dont care for. 4/10

    Revenge Of The Sith – Love it. 9/10

    A New Hope – An Amazing piece of cinema, hasnt aged well though. 9/10

    Empire Strikes Back – Started the dark sequel revolution. Simply amazing. 10/10

    Return Of The Jedi – Contains some of my fav scenes in saga. 9/10

    And what about Indiana Jones?

    George Lucas has done so much, without him, we proabably wouldnt have special effects like we do today.

  3. Dr.Sam – I agree completely. Films that came out then (Star Wars, Alien) changed the way that Science Fiction and special effects are today – especially Lucas. And the guy has the right to be human and mess up (to some people's opinions; mine included – I hated the latest I-III).

    What I find hilarious is that some of the folks on here who are like “who cares?” mention “my kids grew up on Star Wars” — well…that's understandable that you wouldn't care, because people my age – not our kids – grew up on Star Wars! lol
    I collected the figures of the first films when I was like 7, 8; and although not a fanboy, I can appreciate the fact that these original films are what started the ball rolling for all the groovy special effects, eye candy, and sci-fi stories that are done today. So, we wanna talk about them…and perhaps how sad it is that today's kids think that the latest installments are “The” Star Wars movies. They're not.

  4. Amen, Jessie.

  5. 7/10 for “The Phantom Menace?” Please tell me your joking? The only good thing about that movie is the John Williams score (especially Anakin's Theme and Duel of the Fates) and the lightsaber battle against Darth Maul. That last one because it is amazingly choreographed (almost bordering on mechanical) and Duel of the Fates plays during it.

    I'm really trying to understand the love for “Revenge of the Sith.” Didn't you hear the dialogue at all? Especially at the beginning: buzz droids, ray shields, vulture droids… repetitive word choice and pointless dialouge.

    “No it's because I'm so in love with you.” “So love has blinded you?” What is with that entire scene?!? What happened to the slightly badass Padme who led a rebellion and risked her life to save Obi-Wan? I just don't understand…

  6. “Anakin, you're breaking my heart.”
    Also, the entire use of the word younglings.

  7. Simple fact is that people still talk about Star Wars and if another movie or trilogy came out after Return of the Jedi happened I think they have some great books to go by and could have some serious villains to base the movies on. Let's try to get back to the days where we have villains we all want to see like Darth Vader.

  8. “She has lost the will to live.” Oh. Okay. That'd be your scientific diagnosis, would it, Dr Droid? Why don't you get some clowns in and cheer her up then??

    And of course: “NOOOOOOOOOOOO” (Camera pulls back). Who says George takes no notice of poular culture? The Simpsons had only got round to parodying that particular cliche about half a dozen times prior to 2005.

  9. I also need to point out General Grevious' asthma – - not the best look when you can't even run down a shuttle plank.

    Yoda leaves cause he failed? I'm sorry but pick up a blaster. Obi-Wan went “uncivilized” to destroy Grevious I'm sure you can too Yoda to defeat the Sith Lord.

    And why doesn't Anakin realize that Palpatine lied to him about being able to save Padme? Palpatine tells him the Dark Side knows the secrets and then tells him that with only centuries of study one can learn. Ummm, hello? Cut him down! He lied! He led you to murder!

  10. It's relevant in the sense that if Lucas continues to surround himself with creative teams half his age who regard him with a silent mixture of fear and awe, that doesn't bode well for anything he directs or even produces from this point forward.

  11. Grevious has the cough becuase Mace Windu tried to crush his chest in the original animated Clone Wars, ( although there is a glaring plot hole as in the new Clone Wars which is set before them, he still coughs and splutters!), he was meant to a representation of Vader. Man and Machine.

    Yoda leaves because he recognises the futility in fighting two dark lords of the Sith, and he knows of the prophecy of Anakin being the chosen one, with the Jedi order virtually destroyed in one go, what exactly was Yoda meant to do? he left, and he waited, wisely, becuase if he had fought Palpatine and Vader and failed… then there would have been no one to train Luke and therefore no one to fight the Sith and allow Vader/Anakin to complete the prophecy.

    As for Anakin, yeah maybe he should have turned on Palpatine. But he was blinded by love and desperation, Anakin did what most people would have done. Palpatine already knew the Sith secrets after he learnt them from his master, he could have taught them to Anakin if he really wanted but he chose to Keep Anakin in the dark and therefore on a tighter leash.

  12. I will agree there is some incredibly duff dialogue in ROTS but it doesnt take away from what a great Star Wars movie it is.

    Padme's character never worked for me on any level in any of the prequels, and Portman who is usually quite good just didnt bother putting in any effort.

    And is every word spoken in the original trilogy a classic? Hardly.

    I like all six Star Wars films, and hope one day someone makes some more.

  13. I will forgive any flaws in prequels just because they are Star Wars.

  14. You have to give props to Lucas for the world he created with Star Wars, plus he gave us Indiana Jones (THANKS GEORGE!). I love the original trilogy, but the Ewoks really brought down ROTJ. The prequels were, well let's just say they were a let down. Expectations were SO high, I would say even higher than those for Avatar or Iron Man, and TPM really dropped the ball. I don't think it's a BAD movie, but I think more attention was paid to style rather than substance. Christensen was horribly miscast as Anakin and I think he's just a horrible actor in general. “Jumper” anyone? The prequels LOOKED amazing, no doubt about it, but the melding of story and SFx was lacking what was in the originals.

    The Phantom Menace………….5/10
    Attack of the Clones…………..6/10
    Revenge of the Sith……………7/10
    A New Hope…………………….9/10
    The Empire Strikes Back………10/10
    Return of the Jedi………………8/10.

  15. What is with the search engine on this site? before disqus and now it's still the same. I'm trying to find a star wars thread where some guy did a funny review and cracked on all the plot holes in the latest trilogy. You can't search by “most recent articles” or anything?

  16. I disagree about the Ewoks. They weren't cool or anything but they weren't horrible either.
    I agree about Christensen though. That had to be one of the worst casting decisions in the history of movies. The guy is horrible and they cast him as Vader?

  17. I don't like it when there are plot holes because I didn't watch an animated version or a “mini” movie that takes place between two movies in a trilogy. It should be assumed that one has not seen the cartoon or read the hundreds of books.

    Why would Ydoa be fighting both Sidious and Vader if he shot Sidious with a blaster? Is he assuming that Obi-Wan failed? Did he not have any faith in his last fellow Jedi to get the job done? And while Yoda does train Luke – - he doesn't get the credit for it. Vader tells Luke 'Obi-Wan has taught you well.' Obi-Wan could've easily trained Luke himself on Tatooine, starting at the proper age if Yoda had died in the fight against Sidious.

    Palpatine tells Anakin that he doesn't know the secrets of everlasting life but that they can discover them together. He doesn't know! He's just lied before saying he could help. He just wanted to turn Anakin – - and if Anakin can get so mad at Padme to Force choke her later when she arrives on Mustafa with Obi-Wan on board then he could easily kill Palpatine for saying he could save Padme when he couldn't.

  18. Any flaws? Even Jar-Jar?

  19. I feel like we as fans should've known something was up when we were introduced to the Ewoks. I think they felt off. What were these furry things doing? Are they really going to save the galaxy? And what was with that feel-happy-all-round-the- campfire-happy?

    And then we got the Gungans and there we put our collective foot down.

  20. RedLetterMedia does a great seven-part “The Phantom Menace” review. You can find that on YouTube along with a trailer for his “Attack of the Clones” review. Confused Matthew also has a review for the three prequels. I don't think they're as well done as RedLetterMedia's but they are also entertaining.

  21. I don't like it when there are plot holes because I didn't watch an animated version or a “mini” movie that takes place between two movies in a trilogy. It should be assumed that one has not seen the cartoon or read the hundreds of books.

    Why would Ydoa be fighting both Sidious and Vader if he shot Sidious with a blaster? Is he assuming that Obi-Wan failed? Did he not have any faith in his last fellow Jedi to get the job done? And while Yoda does train Luke – - he doesn't get the credit for it. Vader tells Luke 'Obi-Wan has taught you well.' Obi-Wan could've easily trained Luke himself on Tatooine, starting at the proper age if Yoda had died in the fight against Sidious.

    Palpatine tells Anakin that he doesn't know the secrets of everlasting life but that they can discover them together. He doesn't know! He's just lied before saying he could help. He just wanted to turn Anakin – - and if Anakin can get so mad at Padme to Force choke her later when she arrives on Mustafa with Obi-Wan on board then he could easily kill Palpatine for saying he could save Padme when he couldn't.

  22. Any flaws? Even Jar-Jar?

  23. I feel like we as fans should've known something was up when we were introduced to the Ewoks. I think they felt off. What were these furry things doing? Are they really going to save the galaxy? And what was with that feel-happy-all-round-the- campfire-happy?

    And then we got the Gungans and there we put our collective foot down.

  24. RedLetterMedia does a great seven-part “The Phantom Menace” review. You can find that on YouTube along with a trailer for his “Attack of the Clones” review. Confused Matthew also has a review for the three prequels. I don't think they're as well done as RedLetterMedia's but they are also entertaining.

  25. As far as I know they wanted Wookies first,then changed it to those ewoks :)
    Hm…

  26. Hi there! I’m a member of the production team for ‘The People vs. George Lucas’. If of you are keen on seeing it at your local cinema, if you wish, you can do something to help. We’d love to get the film to as many as possible; so if you haven’t done so already, please visit our main site http://www.peoplevsgeorge.com and demand a screening in your local area through the ‘Screenings’ tab.

    While this isn’t a guarantee we can get to you, with enough of you behind us and your continued greatly appreciated support we’ll be able to show distributors just where you are and so do our upmost to reach as many of you as possible.

    Thanks to all; and remember this movie, truly, is by and for you!

    Phil

  27. I’m waiting for the Star Wars re-makes. Hopefully, they’ll get a similar treatment that Battlestar Galactica received. Of course, none of that will happen until Lucas finds Elvis!

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