DIRECTOR: Edith Becker & Kevin Burns
May contain spoilers!
Empire Of Dreams first appeared as a bonus disc on the 2004 Original Star Wars Trilogy Boxset and charts in detail, George Lucas’ journey of bringing Star Wars to the big screen and in less detail, that of its two sequels.
This is an insightful look at the franchise and those who went on to change cinema in the process. Though somewhat Lucas-sentric, allowing his ego and re-writing of history to take the fore, with, for example, his insistence that he had a huge saga planned out from day one, which by all accounts simply is not true but it is hard to prove what was going on inside his head, this does cover a lot of interesting ground and for those who enjoy a good Hollywood documentary, this should be a treat.
But even if you are a more casual viewer or just a Star Wars fan as opposed to a film buff, this is still an enthralling look at the saga’s evolution, but only as far as Return Of The Jedi (1983). There are only a few references to the prequels but that is not a great loss.
Definitely worth a look.