Jedi Junkies

This documentary explores the cultural movement of Star Wars fans and how the movies have effected their lives. It’s a fan’s documentary about the fans that take fandom to a different level.

Some of the level of collecting that is done I found is interesting to discover. Entire houses are filled in some cases of some of the most extensive and obscure items purchased through the Star Wars universe.

Then there’s the prop building and costume construction – much of it is extremely well done and created with intense focus and dedication. One particular fan built a quarter scale Millennium Falcon in his back yard that could accommodate several people climbing into it.

It could be said that some of these people’s obsessions might be a bit over-the-top where the lifestyle impedes on people financially or keeps them from interacting with others and building relationships. Everyone has obsessions of some sort, but there can be too much of a good thing.

Olivia Munn and Peter Mayhew (the actor who played Chewbacca) are interviewed. Munn is enjoyable and funny and is also a big Star Wars enthusiast. Ray Park (Darth Maul) is featured as well.

The production quality is ok but nothing to write home about it. It was shot in 2010 but looks low definition.

This is a documentary by fans for fans providing an interesting look into the subculture spawned by Star Wars.

reviewed by Sean McKnight