Here’s what you need to know before you cosplay for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere.
I remember when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace premiered and people showed up to the midnight showing dressed in full costume as all sorts of aliens and characters. Sadly we don’t like in such simple times anymore. Most movie theaters now have dress-codes that forbid certain items from entering the theater. Here’s how to make your cosplay a success in spite of the rules.
#1 – I know that hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side… but leave the blaster at home! If you take a fake fun into a movie theater you risk not only not getting to see the movie, but also being arrested. DON’T BRING A BLASTER.
#2 – If you bring a lightsaber be ready to put it on the belt of your Jedi robe or hold it in your lap during the whole movie. Most theaters will be fine with lightsabers, though you should check to be sure, but be prepared to stow it. No one wants to look at your purple Mace Windu stick flailing about in excitement while the titles run, don’t be a scruffy looking nerf herder.
#3 – NO MASKS. Do not wear anything that obscures your face. Most major movie theaters are going to look on this extremely unkindly and you’re going to miss the movie that you were so excited for that you got dressed up.
but… but… but… I was going to be Vader / Boba Fett / a stormtrooper… well if I need to spoon feed you baby bird I will. Padawans, jeez.
If you were going as Vader why not go as Vader after his helmet was removed by Luke? Shaving your head, doing makeup, and talking in a high pitched voice all night shows a much stronger commitment than being the 19th Vader of the night anyway.
For Boba Fett why not try a “Boba Fett fresh out of the Sarlac” look? No helmet, covered in digestive goo, maybe put some holes in the armor and have a severed tentacle still hanging on. Remind all the Han Solo’s in line that revenge is a dish best served cold.
Finally stormtrooper, don’t be a stormtrooper, that’s over done. INSTEAD be Lando Calrissian and loudly complain about not being in the movie.
I hope my tips have helped and you have a great opening night! May the Force be with you!