It's Saul, Saul Good
Jonathan S. Fox | Pasadena, CA USA | 05/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A truly inspired documentary that both embraces and laughs at the very phenomenon it dissects. "A Galaxy Far Far Away" broke attendance records when it opened the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This film more than portrays the inner workings of the Star Wars fan but more importantly seeks to answer why the phenomenon has caught on the way it has. Sure there are people in the film to make you groan, but there are others who you deeply empathize with. More than just a film meant to capatilize on the fandom it portrays, it seeks something deeper and yet remains thoroughly entertaining and humorous as well.Loaded with celebrity cameos, though not all of them with sound (as seen in the film's coda), "A Galaxy Far, Far Away" is meant not only for any fan of "Star Wars" but also any fan of life and what makes our society what it is. The film is worth viewing for the supergenius himslef, who parades around as Boba Fett playing remixed Star Wars inspired dance songs and for a truly brilliant scene comparing the power of need: fans pushing and shoving for the newly released Star Wars action figure versus citizens of Kosovo pushing and shoving for a single piece of bread."
Not another Sci-Fi Geek flick
Jonathan S. Fox | 05/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the title, you might expect this film to be only for sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not.
From some of the bizarre characters it finds for interviews, you might think this film is only for people who want to laugh at sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not.
This film somehow manages to walk the line between analysis of the social phenomenon of Star Wars and our need to laugh at the weird. Plenty of humor, an eye into a slice of Americana, and something to think about. Worth seeing.- Graduate Student, Harvard University"