I got a last minute call from my friend Angie on Wednesday asking if I was interested in using an extra ticket for Episode III's midnight show at Universal Studios. I meant to be a good boy since it was a "school night," and just relax and catch it on the weekend.
But the Force was too strong.
Seduced by the complimentary ticket, and getting the approval of comics partner and hetero-lifemate Joel, I said yes, I'll go. Then everybody wanted to know if I was dressing up (I have a Jedi outfit that I made a few years ago, along with several other Star Wars costumes in my house). I have a code that says I only dress up once a year - Halloween. I can't be a hypocrite, can I? My sister in law said in so many words that if I was geek enough to go to a midnight show on a weeknight and have a closet full of costumes, I'm geek enough to wear them.
The hardest part was getting from the car to the theater, because I came alone and there weren't any other costume people visible. So I walked in as if I wore this outfit everyday, and suffered the occasional "Luke I am your Father!" shouts from people I passed, one of them trying to get me to sign up for a credit card. "Sure, pal, when you put it THAT way!"
I initially hung back at the theater and watched the 15 or so other Stormtroopers, Jedi, and whatevers take pictures with fans and tourists. but the kids find you and the moms ask nicely, and then I joined the fray, taking pics and being in them as well as talking to fans, guys with beer, and other costumed folks.
I had to wait for my friends to finish their live broadcast for the local radio show Sci Fi Zone. It airs every week from 10 to 11 on 540 am in town, and is available on the web. Eventually the line moved, and the crowd entered the theater, so I just had to wait for my costumed companions Chris, Brandon and Angie (yes Anime Angie) to finish the show.
How was the movie? Oh, that.
It was awesome. Without spoiling anything, I will say that it ties everything up nicely and answers many questions. the mood is dark and while it is fast paced, it takes time to have "moments" with characters at times, just like the original Trilogy. I love these stories like you will never know, and I am very critical of Episodes I & II. This was a good one.
The crowd was excited, but they seemed more subdued than any previous SW opening I've been at. It may have been the late hour, but I think it was a more sober audience since they didn't know what to expect, and perhaps they didn't want to get too excited incase it sucked. When it was over, everybody I talked to said it was great.
Here are some of the pictures I took that night!
This is a Jedi guy who was working with the Make A Wish Foundation.
The Teen Jedi - two friends, one dark side, one light side. What a shame.
Anakin and his lil' buddy Skippy
Model Anakin and his hot girl, Hot Padme
Rebel-In-Training Mikah, who was in line with her friend Celeste, a 501st Garrison hopeful.
Actually a pretty skilled swordperson, this girl came as Jedi Barriss Offee.
Ladies love the robes. No, I am not on a box.
Me with someone's FX lightsaber. Santa: hint, hint!
The lovely and talented Audrey in her excellent Jedi gear.
My all time favorite costumes! R2, 3PO, and the coolest Jawa eve.
Second is this couple as an Ewok and Count Dooku.
The Gang: Angie, Chris, Brandon, and Troy
Hammin' it up, now with extra Angie
At the end of the night (3:30-ish) my eyes looked like young Vader's, which I tried to capture here. Not as successfully.
It was a fun night, and despite the sleep deficit, I am excited to see it again this weekend.