Special Moments: Star Wars 9 Showing

It is the end of a saga that began over 40 years ago. The last of the 9 canon Star Wars movies premiered December 20th of this year: Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker. My husband and I got to see it on the 21st, which is only one day after the premier. My husband had gotten plot spoilers for the last two movies, so we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again! We went to a local, one screen theater to see the movie. There were several people outside the theater dressed as movie characters, which is such a fun addition! There were three altogether: Darth Vader, Ray, and a Jedi. They were waving at cars driving by, and the cars would honk and wave back. Groups of people came up and would get selfies with Darth Vader.

The costumes were great. These were not off-the-Walmart-shelf outfits, but carefully constructed cosplay costumes. The actors were in great form. Darth Vader kept asking people if they wanted to come over to the Dark Side. 🙂

Ray standing on the sidewalk waving to passing cars. I really wish I had captured the whole shadow for this shot. Something to remember for next time.

As they drew crowds to the theater, a line began to form. I was able to get a couple of quick shots of the actors waving to the people. However, I did not get a good group shot of them. In the new year, I want to be less shy about asking people for their pictures – especially in situations like this one. I found out after we left that there had been a costume contest after the showing. I wish I would have stayed for it to see even more cosplaying greatness. Cosplay photography is something that has peaked my interest for a few years. I am sad I didn’t have more time to get more shots. I was also relegated to using my phone because I didn’t think to bring with my good camera for this event.

Getting a shot of the movie poster
I wish this shot was clearer. I was trying to go for an old school feel,

In other news: The movie was good! It was definitely the best movie of the new three ones. Adam Driver really brought home his character. If you get the chance to go see it, I would highly recommend it. 🙂

-Amanda

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