Needless to say, Star Wars is a pop culture juggernaut. The film helped usher in a new era of Hollywood movie making with the introduction of the summer blockbuster, changed the landscape of science fiction cinema, and influenced an ever increasing number of directors, writers, and artists who followed. As we close in on the release of a new trilogy, beginning with Episode VII in 2015, Star Wars is still a force to be reckoned with more than 36 years after since we first ventured into that galaxy far, far away.
In today’s era of viral videos, we’ve seen such impressive work such as homespun recreations of the Pacific Rim and Star Trek Into Darkness trailers. In CineFix’s latest weekly homemade movie, they opted to remake something other than a trailer, make their very own interpretation of Luke Skywalker’s iconic Death Star trench run scene from the original Star Wars. They even enlisted geek-hero Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, Nerdist) and comedian Jonah Ray (The Soup) to help bring the video to life. Hardwick donned Luke’s flight suit, and I think he did a pretty good job.
For those of you who don’t know, CineFix is a YouTube network for movie fans that covers everything from big studio blockbusters and small independent movies. Along with original content, CineFix offers behind-the-scenes access, candid interviews, and dynamic programming. With the resources available to them, their videos have greater production values than say, Dumb Drum’s recent remake of the Pacific Rim trailer. Their trench run captures all of the excitement and spirit of the original scene.
This isn’t the first Star Wars rodeo for Hardwick’s Nerdist network. Recently they released a video starring <i>The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker, wrestling superstar CM Punk, Danica McKeller from The Wonder Years, and the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, all attempting to be the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back. These videos are part of Nerdist’s “Course of the Force” campaign to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation before they descend on San Diego Comic-Con later this month.
There’s also a companion video that provides a side-by-side comparison of their trench run and the original from A New Hope. As you can see, the Polaroid camera, iPhone, and original Nintendo Entertainment Systemn controllers add a nice unique touch and a bit of flair to the fan video. This is just the latest in a long line of other impressive re-creations. For instance they’ve also parodied Iron Man 3, Superman: The Movie, The Hunger Games, and Ender’s Game, among others. Watch the comparison video below: