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Jedi Junkies

by Kevin Taft
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Sunday Feb 24, 2013
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The obsession of those (of us) who love everything "Star Wars" is chronicled in the lovingly low-budget indie doc "Jedi Junkies." Featuring interviews with the "Star Wars" obsessed collectors, filmmakers, and fans, the film takes a slightly superficial look at the phenomenon’s impact. Eduardo Sanchez (co-director of "The Blair Witch Project") talks about his vast and carefully displayed collection, while self-professed geek Olivia Munn ("Attack of the Show" ) discusses her love of the franchise, but also talks about how fans can balance their love so they don’t come across a little cray-cray. While many of the subjects are uncomfortably earnest about their obsession and feel the need to justify their love as if they were talking about political reform, really they are just hoping to come out with some self-respect once they reveal their true nature. But it’s all in good fun and the people are able to be self-deprecating while also explaining just how good-natured, nostalgic, and positive the experience of being around other "Star Wars" fans is. From the AeroSith parody band to the guy who builds light sabers for a living to the man who built a Millennium Falcon in his backyard, these are the ultimate fans. While a psychologist pops up from time to time to discuss the habits of collectors, there isn’t any mocking or mean-spirited rhetoric here. It’s all about celebrating those that celebrate their love for the most popular movie franchise in motion picture history.

Special features are slim with a handful of deleted scenes and three featurettes: The Stars of "Star Wars" which features more interviews with Ray Park ("Darth Maul"), Munn, Peter Mayhew ("Chewbacca"), and Jeremy Bullock ("Boba Fett"), Build Your Own Action Figure which focuses on the act of creating action figures not commercially available, and The Cult of Slave Leia which looks at the everlasting impact of that metal bikini dress and the gals who wear them. But the main reason to watch is the film itself. While not as in depth or winking as films like "Trekkies," it’s certainly an entertaining 73 minutes for fans of the series who don’t want to feel like they’re the only one. And for those like me that end up saying, "okay, at least I’m not THAT obsessed."

"Jedi Junkies"
$19.95
www.docurama.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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  • Anonymous, 2013-02-25 12:49:21

    I loved the movie!The guy with the Millennium Falcon in his back yard was great. I haven’t seen the special features yet cause i bought it on i-tunes but I cant wait to get a look at them soon.


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