May the 4th Be With You: R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)

“The original script described R2-D2 as a trash can on wheels. So when I first saw him, I said “Ahh. This guy’s perfect. I hope he speaks English.” ” – George Lucas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Mockumentary about the life in R2D2 before and after becoming a star in Star Wars.

My Take on it – Fun film that works due to the way that it is played out.

The concept of doing a mockumentary on R2-D2 is a fun idea and he way that they were able to get so many people both from the Star Wars trilogy and in pop culture to participate helps make his even more enjoyable to watch.

The dead pan jokes made by many of these interviewees actually helps make it seem as if R2-D2 was a real actor with problem on and off the set.

The fact that they chose to do this premise on R2-D2 says a lot about the way people look at the various characters in the Star Wars universe.

To choose an inanimate object as the focus of this mockumentary make sit even more perceptive in the way that fans of the series look at this robot/android a having real potential of being real instead of just a fictional character.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Artoo’s bungee jump was performed three times at a real bungee jump attraction located at Fox Studios, Sydney, Australia. The first two times a bungee cord was used, but was not on the third try, which is the footage in the documentary. A special R2 was created for this scene, and was completely destroyed. The emergency room follow-up scene was shot seven months later at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, California. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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