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This Fan Remake of 'Star Wars: Episode III' Is Better Than the Original

The 105-minute film recreates 'Revenge of the Sith' shot for shot inside cars and living rooms.

by River Donaghey
Jul 10 2017, 4:00pm

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Back in 1982, two kids set off on what would become a multi-year project to film a shot-for-shot remake of the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. They had to storyboard the whole thing in the theater during multiple screenings, since this was back before you could just torrent a 1080p YIFY .mp4 or whatever, not to mention they almost burned down their garage. It was a long and arduous journey, not unlike Jones's own quest for the Ark of the Covenant, and took more than 30 years for the pair to finish it.

It's a little easier to reshoot an entire film these days, if that's the life path you so desire. Last weekend, Gizmodo pointed out that the world has been graced with a new addition to the DIY remake canon: a 105-minute shot-for-shot remake of Revenge of the Sith—a film universally accepted as the second-worst Star Wars movie ever (and that's including the animated Ewok ones)—made by some kids in their living room.

According to the video, this new Episode III only took four months to finish, as opposed to decades, but it has as much charm as that legendary Raiders reshoot. It's also way more fun to watch than the George Lucas version.

The original Revenge of the Sith is a lifeless, CGI nightmare that should be scrubbed clean from the earth in an Order 66-style massacre. But the wooden material actually manages to craft some fun in the hands of Tim Hoekstra and the other guys behind the remake. The X-Wing interior shots are all filmed in the front seat of cars! Yoda is truly terrifying! The space shots look like they were all made on X-Men Cartoon Maker! It's definitely a great way to waste an entire Monday morning.

You can give the whole thing a watch above and think about how Disney will probably hire Hoekstra to film a spinoff movie in the future but then replace him with Ron Howard at the last minute.

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