The documentary Jedi Junkies is concerned with a broad scope of the Star Wars culture that is beneath the surface of the mainstream. Incorporating surprisingly insightful commentary (especially when juxtaposed with the slightly unprofessional look of the editing) from psychiatrists and psychotherapists on the condition of those who are obsessed with, or collectors of all things Star Wars, mediocre and/or amusing footage from Star Wars fanfilms, and the adventures of a traveling band of New York-based duelers trained in the seven styles of lightsaber combat, this film has something for everyone.
Approaching the twelfth minute of the film, one begins to wonder whether it was a Star Wars documentary, or one about a band of studio-meeting, Star Wars-driven, lightsaber-wielding acrobats. In fact by the way that the film moves, it would seem to take three viewings to understand how it segues between topics until it is actually apparent that this is in fact a very fluid and natural process that, put together with startling elegance, contrasting with the somewhat home-brewed feel of the cinematic composition as a whole previously mentioned.
Whether or not the film appears professional, there was obviously a great deal of hard work put into the composition and the entire eighty minute run keeps one’s attention focused effectively, jumping between exciting topics ranging from the making of a Star Wars fanfilm to the Leia’s metal bikini fandom and the absolutely incredible process of the creation of custom ‘sabers.
For those who are already Jedi Junkies, those who are more… lightweight as it were, and even for the newcomer to Star Wars, the film grants an interesting eye into the extremes and attractive diversions that the hobby has to offer. The film is certainly not recommended to those completely un-introduced to the esteemed films, but then again … who hasn’t heard of Star Wars?