A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Well, actually, it was on the week of the release of STAR WARS The Force Awakens...
I had made plans to go to the newly opened STAR WARS: The Power of Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square in Midtown Manhattan on the weekend of the EPISODE VII's opening.
It was perfect timing, because UNIQLO had just released their line of STAR WARS collaboration shirts, and I had been eyeing this particular shirt for some time. I was just waiting for the right excuse to go buy it. I was going to buy it for whenever I watched the film (which I was certain was not opening weekend since I didn't buy tickets in advanced like everyone else), but this was more than enough reason!
Right then and there when plans were finalized, I bought this shirt during lunchtime.
Yeah, I'm a real sucker for prints/patterns like these that just take over the entire shirt. It's just the kind of quirk I've been very into lately. It was a Men's shirt, but my style has been all about borrowing from the guys lately so I didn't give it even a second thought.
Now, call it the powers of the universe or the Force at work, but that same day I was given the opportunity by some wonderful people at the office to attend a private screening for The Force Awakens on December 18th!
Can you-a-say-a WOW-ah?! (my poor attempt to imitate an irritating Jar Jar Binx)
So on the Friday after opening day, we were greeted with nice ID's, and some light snacks and drinks. But HOLD UP. Check out the amazing names they gave these snacks. Whoever the chef was that came up with these is amazing--my coworkers and I just could not stop nerding out over them.
Finally, the lights came down and the film started. Now, I am not the biggest of Star Wars fans. By that I mean that I know dozens and dozens of people that can out-nerd me about it. My interest in the series is new, only about a year since my family and I decided to purchase the 6 previous films and marathon them did I appreciate them more.
But as a story and film enthusiast, I was very, very pleased about this film. As of this writing, a week after the film was released, I fully expect 80% of the entire movie-going population to have seen this film, and I hope they do agree with me that this was AMAZING.
Without saying much (because I'm sure there are far better sources for full nerd-out posts/analyses about the film), I must say that the film does an amazing job of giving many a nod to the original trilogy, while giving a chance for new characters and new stories to debut and unfold in the next two films. Many people say there might have been too much play on nostalgia, but I suspect that it is more of a marketing, strategic play on Disney's end to capture as many old and new fans to the series.
Given the not-so-stellar reputation of the prequels with STAR WARS die-hard fans, I think that JJ Abrams had to play to the original series nostalgia in order to gain their confidence in his version and the next few films that will be coming out from this franchise. I never used to think of films as anything more than moving picture that tell stories, but after having spent the last few years in marketing, it's hard not to see the strategic, money-making side of movies as well.
I'll leave it to you to watch it and research some good analysis sources of the film, if you are so inclined to do so. I usually read The Atlantic and Vox for any nerdy theories and analyses.
Still very hungover from The Force Awakens, I made my visit to Discovery Times Square for the STAR WARS: The Power of Costume Exhibit!
Hall of Troopers. This was an amazing way to display and give the feeling of a stormtrooper army with a limited amount of helmets and room. They placed mirrors all over the room and reflected the helmets, giving a multiplying effect that was just amazing!
Queen/Senator Amidala's massive wardrobe. Pictured above is from her Senator days. It was said within the exhibit that compared to the original trilogy which was all about practicality and simplicity, the prequels showed more of the fashion/political side of the galaxies.
Quite understandably, as a popular figure, Amidala had several changes of wardrobe in order to be presentable, and the massive amount of work for the crew and Natalie Portman for so many wardrobe changes must have been tasking.
Anakin Skywalker & Padme Amidala's wedding attire. Can anyone say #RelationshipGoals? Or should I say #NerdRelationshipGoals?
Here come some special costumes from The Force Awakens!
I first saw these "characters" as Funko POP toys months before the films came out and I just love their designs! There is something about uniformity that I gravitate too--maybe because it reminds me of schooldays, although that being connected to stormtrooper gear is a bit of a stretch for my mind (go, my mind!).
Rey and Poe's costumes! I think it's safe to say that everyone is in love with the new generation of STAR WARS characters, and I think it's because they seem fully formed as we are introduced to them. Not to mention, Rey is such a kick-ass female protagonist--my coworker and I were actually speaking about this immediately after watching the film.
Our thoughts were: "Well, we [women] are screwed. All men have all thought of Princess Leia as bae since the 70's, and now we get Rey: a girl that is pretty, a hardcore survivor, knows her spacecraft and is a FREAKIN' JEDI." (She's not technically a Jedi, YET, but c'mon people we all see where that storyline is going.)
Ending this one with C3PO, BB-8 and R2D2 (aka The Droid Squad). Everyone has always loved R2, especially, but I think BB-8 will be giving him a run for his money. That lighter thumbs-up? Cracked everyone up. And I'm also still amazed about the mechanics of the BB-unit. I want one for sure.
As of this writing I have seen the film twice. And I would not say no to a third time. Would anyone care to join me?
May the Force Be with You, Mishie