George Lucas: A Life – by Brian Jay Jones

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George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones

Hardcover: 560 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (December 6, 2016)

ISBN-13: 9780316257442

Synopsis: The essential biography of the influential and beloved filmmaker George Lucas

On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It is now one of the most adored-and successful-movie franchises of all time.

Now, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.

If Star Wars wasn’t game-changing enough, Lucas went on to create another blockbuster series with Indiana Jones, and he completely transformed the world of special effects and the way movies sound. His innovation and ambition forged Pixar and Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and THX sound.

Lucas’s colleagues and competitors offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. His entire career has been stimulated by innovators including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actors such as Harrison Ford, and the very technologies that enabled the creation of his films-and allowed him to keep tinkering with them long after their original releases. Like his unforgettable characters and stories, his influence is unmatched.

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I have been looking for years to find a thorough and entertaining biography on George Lucas and was very excited when I heard about the release of this book. George Lucas: A Life explores Lucas’s life from his childhood to the present day (literally – the day I finished this book, I already heard in the news about Lucas’s new museum that he is opening in L.A. – the same note that the book ended on!).

This book offers in-depth insight into Lucas’s life, but it is not an authorized biography. What does that mean? It means that Lucas himself did not give his consent or help in the creation of this book. When I realized this, I questioned whether the book would be detailed and accurate enough to be enjoyable. Let me put all your concerns to rest – Jones does an amazing job of capturing Lucas’s life in such accuracy and detail that I found myself forgetting that it was an unauthorized biography and getting completely lost in the story! It is important to note that as this is an unauthorized biography, there is less of a focus on Lucas’s personal life, but it is his professional life that was of interest to me to begin with.

It was amazing to learn about all the restrictions and obstacles Lucas had to overcome early in his career – and even later in his career! The book explores how close Star Wars (the original) came to never being made due to all the obstacles in Lucas’s way. I found that this biography offered more than just a look into Lucas’s life, but also a look into the history of the Star Wars films. Therefore, making this book great for Star Wars fans, as well as general George Lucas fans.

In comparison to Lucas’s other works, the book has a large focus on Star Wars. But this makes sense as it is the Star Wars films that gave Lucas a career – and made him a billionaire. There is an underlying focus throughout the book of: before, during, after Star Wars for both the original and prequel trilogy’s. This will go down as one of my favourite biographies – and the middle section insert photos on glossy paper were a great added touch!

Rating: 10/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Hachette Book Group Canada *

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