By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Fanboys makes me appreciate how the jokes in Family Guy are really accessible to anyone. These are not. This is really just for fanboys, and that's fine. Have a celebration of love of Star Wars and write a love letter to the fans.
Although it falls short in a few areas, I'm fine with Fanboys. It's so full of heart that it makes up for the cliché road trip story and the dead spots where jokes really fall flat.
First off, they got the right font and graphics for the title crawl but not the original John Williams music? This is not the right audience to chintz on the music rights. That one cue would have been worth scrapping all the Rush, Chumbawumba and Presidents of the United States of America music.
They do drop lots of references so it earns its clout as a real fanboy movie. They also portray Star Wars in the late '90s, before it had come back to pop culture in a big way.
The period details are good, with computers requiring phone jacks, the N64 Mario Kart, the aforementioned music and drinks like Zima. But then they have an iPhone joke in the opening? That's gotta be studio meddling.
It's sweet how these guys love Star Wars and the movie loves them. I'm not so fond of the message that it's evil to have a job and be committed to it. So what if he changed his mind about being an artist? You're allowed to change your mind. I didn't, but I'm not going to crap on people who do.
Also, I guess vandalism is hilarious. What I like is better than what you like so I'm going to destroy things that make you happy. For all that though, they have some pretty astute Trek jokes too.
At this point, I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is the real Fanboys or some hybrid of different studio-imposed cuts and reshoots. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt on the heartfelt stuff, and I really don't mind the rest since it's not really imposing itself on anyone but the people for whom it's specifically designed.