Call me a geek but I do love Star Wars. So when I see a book written by someone who worked on the movies it was a no-brainer I needed to read it. Inside the Star Wars Empire by Bill Kimberlin details his time working for LucasFilm as part of ILM.
Maybe I went into the is book expecting too much but it left me feeling a bit lacking. Don’t get me wrong I am happy I had the opportunity to read it. Overall for something with Star Wars in the title it did not talk all that much about Star Wars.
As a teen, I worked in a movie theater so overall I am a bit of a film buff. I always read movie trivia on IMDB soon after seeing a film. Bill’s book is loaded with insights on a number of movies that ILM did special effects on.
However, in talking about various movies the author would go off on some odd tangents about his childhood or family history. For some of the tangents, it became clear why that story was applicable to the movie production. Others not so much.
Personally, some of the insights about Jurassic Park, Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and The Back To the Future movies was fascinating. Other readers if not fans of these movies may not find these parts of the book as interesting.
Overall if you are looking to find out more about the movie industry I would recommend this book. Anyone looking to read about Star Wars this may not be the book you are looking for.
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