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First off, it’s not technically a Star Wars fan film, it’s an affectionate parody of Rian Johnson’s 2005 neo-noir cult film Brick. Titled Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels, it borrows Brick‘s plot to satirize the sorry state of Star Wars fandom in 2018. It mocks the campaign to remake The Last Jedi, generally showing support for Johnson’s vision and his drive for greater diversity in the franchise.
Directed by Dana James Jones, it uses events like Kelly Marie Tran‘s departure from Instagram to create a Brick-inspired mystery. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt role goes to an actor playing Rian Johnson himself, with a supporting cast including Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams. So yes, this one is definitely for movie nerds.
Rian Johnson praised the film, tweeting, “Ok. This is… amazing.” He was particularly impressed by how the amateur filmmakers so closely replicated the locations from Brick. Speaking to io9, the fan film’s creator explained that he grew up in the California neighborhood where Brick was filmed and was aware of the locations as a freshman in high school.
“So many fans are still divided over The Last Jedi, and I think we just needed to make fun of how serious it’s all being taken by some of the fans,” Jones told io9.
These kids we to nearly every location we shot Brick in. They did the score a capella. I am tripping out.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 3, 2018
It’s safe to say that this is smarter and more competently made than anything we expect to see from the Last Jedi remake people—if that project ever pans out at all.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor