A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… some genius had a brilliant idea for a fan edit.
Why am I reviewing this?
Simple. It’s awesome.
For those who don’t know, Pulp Empire is a fan edit of The Empire Strikes Back (one of the greatest films of all time), edited in the style of a Quentin Tarantino film (one of the greatest film makers of all time). It’s on YouTube, Vimeo, Fanedit.org, and was edited by fanedit.org member, NJVC.
His intent with the film was to make something that captured the things he loved about Star Wars and Tarantino. So much passion and love was put into this film, I got a bit teary eyed because it just reminds me of how much I love Star Wars and what it means to me. It’s a perfect homage to two perfect parts of film.
This guy studied his ass off because this feels like a Tarantino movie. The transitions, the music, the tone, and the way the movie is restructured. When it comes to story telling, this movie is like Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction. It opens in black and white at a certain scene that I won’t spoil (even though you know what it is) and from that point, the movie’s narrative is out of order (just like Pulp Fiction).
This sound track is awesome. Not only is it a bunch of music from a variety of Tarantino films, but the editor added music that isn’t in any of his movies and I still thought they were. The music is that was added is perfect, and I hope to hear it in one of Tarantino’s next films.
They Can Not Touch Her – Bernard Herrmann
Mind Power – James Brown
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
The Ecstasy of Gold – Ennio Morricone
Leave Home – The Chemical Brothers
O Fortuna – Carmina Burana
Old Man – Neil Young
The Lonely Surfer – Jack Nitzsche
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield
If I had any problems, it’s with parts of the film where the editing is a bit too “Tarantinoey.” There are parts where the footage is slowed down just so they could match the tone of the music, and I think that was a bit distracting. Understandable, but distracting.
Another distracting thing was this scene where Han and the gang are flying into the Cloud City, and they play this bad song that’s too on the nose, and it’s about clouds and it just sucks. I was like “Really? Yeah, we get it. There are clouds. Stop being dumb movie. Please?”
I didn’t mention the story, acting, or direction because… it’s The Empire Strikes Back. What can I say that hasn’t been said for the last 30 years? Empire is an amazing movie, Tarantino is an amazing film maker, and this is an amazing fan edit. Watch it if you haven’t. It’s made for Star Wars fans, Tarantino fans, and film fans in general. It’s awesome. I give it an 8/10.