Boxoffice Magazine: "A hilarious hybrid of documentary and reality."
*** (Audio: B-, Video: B, Features: B)
A hilarious blend of documentary and reality program, Michael Rotman's "Star
Wait", represents sci-fi heaven for some, the end of civilization for others.
The latter group will learn that for six weeks in 2002, there for the nuking,
the world's most unrepentant nerds gathered outside Grauman's Chinese Theater
in Hollywood to await the release of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the
Clones." The former group will be introduced to kindred spirits, many of
whom emerge as lovable outcasts who have found something to believe in. Either
way, the film is an entertaining slice of "Star Wars" minutiae, as
those who live on the pop culture fringes make a case for the enervating power
of passionate conviction. By the end, the viewer almost wishes they believed
in something, anything, as strongly.
The most interesting character is a guy named Grimlock, whose
personality you can pretty much figure out by his desire to be called Grimlock.
The funniest character is Corey, a writer from Connecticut, "a rockin'
state that's kinda small but we like it anyway." In one of the film's highlights,
some punk rockers heckle the group and line member Art, whose macho presence
and beefy handsomeness suggests he's standing in the wrong line, commits the
un-geeky, yet satisfying act of punching one in the face.
"Star Wait" is about the people and their experience
while in line. Rotman does not look down on the line members, nor does he particularly
care why they love "Star Wars." While at first this may seem anathema
to the basic tenets of non-fiction moviemaking, the result makes the film a
more universal document on the power of groupthink, and the desire to accomplish
something outside normal hedonistic desires. Eventually, their efforts are rewarded
when "Star Wars" creator George Lucas calls a nearby payphone. While
it would have been nice to hear Lucas' side of the conversation, presumably
legal issues made it impossible.
As a documentary, no one is going to confuse "Star Wait"
with "Shoah" or "Hearts and Minds." But it fully and satisfactorily
explores the thin slice of thematic turf it's claming, and manages a handful
of solid laughs in the process. "Star Wars" fans, even those who prefer
not to sleep on Hollywood Blvd and shower only occasionally, may find themselves
hoping for a new "Star Wars" film, so they can experience the fun
of standing in line, too.
The fullframe presentation is better than expected, as a solid
transfer provides a smooth picture with fully saturated colors and inky blacks.
I saw no edge halos or pixilation. The audio is, like all documentaries, at
the mercy of the source recordings. But considering the low-tech, on-the-fly
feel of the audio, its quality is quite nice, with clear dialogue and street
noise only occasionally getting in the way. Rotman, who is an Emmy nominated
writer, managed to assemble a star-studded coterie of celebrities to provide
multiple audio commentaries, each one commenting during a different chapter.
Most notable is the reunion of the original cast of "Mystery Science Theater
3000", including Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Josh Weinstein. There
are also audio commentaries by "Simpsons" producer Dana Gould, "Freaks
and Geeks" star Samm Levine, Amy Allen, who played the blue-skinned Aayla
Secura in "Episodes II and III" and various line members. Complete
Collector Rating: WORTH FULL PRICE
Film Threat: "It's actually more entertaining than the film they’re
all waiting to see."
Eric Campos, 3 1/2 of 4 stars
It’s three years later and it’s time once again for
a bunch of Star Wars die-hards to line-up on Hollywood Boulevard for six weeks,
just to have George Lucas kick them in the ass. I know, Attack of the Clones
wasn’t all that bad, and it was certainly much better than The Phantom
Menace, but if you wait in line six weeks for something and that something ends
up being Attack of the Clones, then that’s a kick in the ass.
“Star Wait” spends its ENTIRE focus on the line, creating something
like a reality TV show, cut up into nine episodes to be broadcast on the web.
We get close and personal with several members of this line as issues of hecklers,
unwanted Christian rock bands playing into the wee-hours of the night, nerd
lovin’, bad pay phone etiquette, trying to remain spoiler-free, potty
time, and frayed nerves are dealt with.
Right now, let’s meet some of the line members:
- This is one of the types of guys you come to expect to see standing in a six-week
Star Wars line. He’s a big teddy bear type of guy, who rarely takes anything
seriously (except for Star Wars, of course), has a sense of humor that revolves
around movie trivia and makes an embarrassing ass out of himself in front of
the ladies. Oh yeah, he’s named after a Transformer, too.
Art – The muscle of
the line. Art’s an anomaly in that he has a hot girlfriend and is able
to defend himself against anyone that gives him shit. During one episode, a
group of punks (punk asses really) make the mistake of harassing the line and
find themselves incurring the wrath of Art.
Josh – The line’s
resident punk rocker. Bearing a Mohawk, tattoos and various band t-shirts, Josh’s
fashion sense inspires wariness in others rather than mocking laughter, unlike
many of the other members of the line.
These are only a few of the many colorful members you’ll meet in “Star
Wait.” It’s actually more entertaining than the film they’re
all waiting to see. Complete
Bach Solo's Blog- starwars.com: Star Wait, Well Worth It.
November 1, 2005 as we all know saw the release of STAR WARS,
EPISODE III : REVENGE OF THE SITH dvd, to many of our local stores. But, also
on that date, in only one of our local stores, it saw the release of STAR WAIT.
And that one store was Target. This dvd release was not treated to the same
fanfare as the former, but it certainly did deliver.
This film is a documentary, following the lives of the faithfull
fans...the filmakers did an excellent job. Watching this film, I felt like I
was getting to know these people, and these people were very cool. I also felt
like somehow, in some small way I experienced what they experienced. And most
importantly I wished I was there with them.Before seeing this film, I had always
wondered what made these people stay out there for weeks at a time. I also really
wondered why they would even stay out there when it was announced that Episode
III was not even going to be playing at the Chinese Theatre. But having seen
this film, I now relalized, it's not really the movie that makes them line up,
it's the line that makes them line up. And now I completely understand why they
lined up for Episode III, and wished I had been there with them.
I could go on about the cool people it featured, Alyse, Remi,
Art, Josh, Rusty, Peter, and everybody's favorite Grimlock. They are just cool
people and wished I could have gotten to know them better.
Again, I can't say enough good things about this film. Any Star
Wars fan should check it out. Read
the complete review at Bach Solo's Blog.
Victoria- Myspace: "Funny and exciting" (left at Star
Wait Myspace page)
When I saw the Star Wait dvd on the rack at Target I was like
HOLY SHIT IM SOO BUYING IT!!!!! and i absolutley loved it. I must say that Grimlock
was extremly funny.....the whole film was funny and exciting. Something that
I wish i could of participated in.
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