“So he looked like a superhero cause he had that physique. And that physique brought him into this film.It’s not about his ability to act or not. It was about his ability to be himself. ” – Robert Watts
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries to explain and repair the rift between Darth Vader actor David Prowse and LucasFlilm Ltd.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months back and finally got the chance to see what it is all about.
Having been a Die Hard Star Wars fan through my entire life (almost), I am always willing to check out anything that features characters or actors from the series.
This film has actually an intriguing idea yet it just doesn’t manage to work as well as one might have hoped.
They are able to give us a lot of behind the scenes footage of the original trilogy which is fascinating to watch.
They also are able to interview various cast, crew and fans of the series who all have some interesting things to say about the thesis of this film.
The problem is that there is not a single dissenting voice among the interviewees and that makes things feel far too lopsided.
The point of this film is to find redemption for the main character, yet due to copyright infringement laws they tell us that it is done, yet they are nit permitted to show it to us which is quite disappointing and quite anti-climactic.
It is enjoyable learning more about the history of this larger than life actor, but due to the obvious slant of the film, it just doesn’t come across well enough which is quite a shame.
Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. The film gives lots of behind the scenes footage for those of us who are fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. The interviews with cast, crew and fans is great to listen to, yet there isn’t a dissenting voice among the crowd, so it all feels much too lopsided. The film tries to find redemption, yet due to copyright laws is only allowed to show us preparations for this redemption yet don’t let us see it fulfilled which is anti-climactic. Great learning more about the past of this larger than life figure, yet something seems slightly off the whole way through.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In this documentary, the directors find some clues about the difficult relationship between Prowse and Lucasfilm, suggesting that the reason for their differences was an article published by a British newspaper during the shooting of Return of the Jedi. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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