Whatever you thought about EPISODE VIII (and whether or not you need to get over yourself), behind-the-scenes documentary THE DIRECTOR AND THE JEDI brings chills (Frank Oz taking up the Yoda puppet again) and tears (filming Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill’s final, painfully prescient scene together) in addition to giving the work of over-worked production crew-members more time in the spotlight. Starting with Hamill’s much-publicised criticism of old Luke: “I fundamentally disagree with your concept of this character and how you use him” it shows he and Rian Johnson never really saw eye-to-eye, but at least respected each other as artists. A highlight for me was a production designer commenting “If we cant fulfill his expectations…how can I trick him into thinking he’s still getting the same thing he asked for?” Let’s be honest, they didn’t need to build Luke’s green milk-giving sea cow and ship it over to Ireland or have brave (foolish?) puppeteers dangling over a cliff edge to operate porgs. None of it (including this doc) was necessarily, but it proves the passion. SSP
Search a Film Thing
Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
I’m also on Twitter:My Tweets
Fresh Thoughts on Film
Archived Thoughts on Film