[Video] This Zero Budget Star Wars Remake is So Bad, It's Amazing
With the second segment of the third trilogy in the Star Wars Saga being released in December and production underway for the next Star Wars Story, there hasn’t been a lot of Star Wars news released as of late. So let’s take a look at what a couple fans in New Zealand have done.
Some fans in New Zealands, all friends, decided to make a full-length, no budget remake of Episode III Revenge of the Sith. After a few months of editing, YouTuber and editor Tim Heokstra posted the whole thing on his channel last week.
The guys re-created the entire film in a home using whatever was around, and the effect is kind of charming, especially for those of us who may or may not have engaged in similar projects in our youth.
Hoekstra doesn't have much of a following or history on YouTube. Yet the tribute has started to go viral and is currently a top trending video on the platform, despite looking to be literally thrown together at the last moment.
The costume for C-3PO consists of a yellow yoga mat, towel and plastic bag worn on the head, demonstrating the young actor's commitment to the role given the risk of suffocation. Cardboard masks suffice for other characters, while the props are equally hilarious. I particularly enjoyed the bottle of liquid hand soap that Obi Wan Kenobi uses to radio R2-D2.
The campy live action is clearly shot in a suburban neighborhood, as the occasional Prius drives through a shot and battles are fought in the garage in front of a rather messy pool table. It's interspersed with some equally low-budget animated sequences that become more hilarious leading up to the film's climax.
It's oddly hard to look away from the 104 minutes of silliness with its deadpan moments, like when Obi Wan points out to young Anakin Skywalker that he has the "high ground" by nodding at a 6-inch cement curb.
It's probably worth checking out now in case the whole thing gets taken down due to potential copyright violations for using parts of the original film's soundtrack. Then again, maybe Lucasfilm can forgive such a minor infraction and consider the whole thing a loving endorsement of the officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber toys that appear so prominently in the film.
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