THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS (Alexandre O. Philippe). 93 minutes. Opens today (Thursday, November 18) at TIFF Bell Lightbox. See Movie Times. Rating: NN
George Lucas enraptured a generation and created a modern mythology with the first three Star Wars movies, then pissed all over everything with those fucking prequels.
Alexandre Philippe's pleasant but entirely superficial documentary examines the fanboy sense of betrayal through interviews with comedians, parodists, YouTube complainers and the occasional academic, juxtaposed with clips of Lucas discussing his artistic vision and excerpts from the thousands of Star Wars tributes and parodies that litter the internet.
This is a genuinely provocative subject - Star Wars is a case study of the way art belongs to the audience rather than the artist - but Philippe is content to go for the zany quip rather than a full examination of the issue.
For whatever reason, he didn't talk to any of the cultural figures who've discussed it in the past - Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Seth Green, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Seth McFarlane, Edgar Wright or Simon Pegg - and when he interviews producer Gary Kurtz, whose parting of ways with Lucas after The Empire Strikes Back is widely believed to have enabled the sillier aspects of Return Of The Jedi, he doesn't ask any substantial questions.
As with the damn prequels (and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which is also briefly addressed), your initial excitement that someone's actually doing this soon gives way to disappointment that he hasn't done it right.