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The Director and the Jedi (2018)

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An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

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Anthony Wonke

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Tylie Cox
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Ram Bergman ... Himself
John Boyega ... Himself
Dave Chapman ... Himself
Jamie Christopher Jamie Christopher ... Himself
Anthony Daniels ... Himself
Benicio Del Toro ... Himself
Laura Dern ... Herself
Adam Driver ... Himself
Carrie Fisher ... Herself
Mark Hamill ... Himself
Rick Heinrichs ... Himself
Brian Herring ... Himself
Adam Hlavac Adam Hlavac ... Himself
Oscar Isaac ... Himself
Rian Johnson ... Himself
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An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

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12 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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El director y los Jedi See more »

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Rian Johnson: So, my title for... You can't tell Marilou, or anybody. It's just me and you, because there's really only a couple of people who know. The Last Jedi.
Mark Hamill: Ooh! Wow. That means me.
Rian Johnson: That's you, buddy.
Mark Hamill: Simple. Direct. Powerful.
Rian Johnson: It's nice, yeah?
Mark Hamill: Yeah.
Rian Johnson: You like it?
Mark Hamill: I love it.
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Worthwhile Peek Behind the Curtain
11 July 2018 | by HandsomeJawaSee all my reviews

In terms of a behind the scenes look at a Star Wars film, I feel this documentary is definitely worth a watch for how they did all of the sets and effects alone. It was a monumental task to design 200+ sets with such a small turn around for some. If you're at all interested in the technical side of filmmaking, or are just a big fan of practical effects, then this documentary will be well worth your time.

The sheer scale of it all really amazes me. Moments and effects I thought for sure had to be CG just based on their complexity had been hand crafted all along, just going to show how much effort the team was willing to put it.

One thing I do wish had been explored more was the writing. It's no secret by now that Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson really disagreed on how Luke was going to be portrayed in the movie, but at the end of the day the doc really only covers the broad strokes and leaves a lot to be inferred.

And on the subject of things I wished we'd seen more of, Carrie Fisher was without a doubt the biggest missed opportunity in the whole thing. I understand that during the filming of this they still expected her to be around for one more movie and her sudden death wasn't something anyone could have accounted for, but given everything I really wish we'd just gotten more moments with her on set, or more interview clips in the end. What's there is still really good, but I'd just been hoping she'd be more of a central focus.

That having been said, Mark and Rian were clearly going to be the main event all along, and even despite my earlier gripe I feel the doc managed to give both of them their due. From all the fun moments with Hamill on set, to the amount of work Rian put in with the actors, you really get to see both shine when they're in their element.

If The Last Jedi left a bad taste in your mouth, I don't think there's much here you're going to enjoy, but to anyone else I'd reccommend watching this.


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