Recently, at my local dive bar, I overheard a friend of mine talking about how in a momentary lapse of judgment, he’d actually considered spending thousands of dollars purchasing an authentic storm trooper costume on eBay before coming to his senses.
And in my neighbourhood theatre, full-grown adults have started showing up in droves, dressed as everything ranging from Chewbacca to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theatres across Canada, one thing became clear — Star Wars fever had a firm hold on Canadians. Looking at everything Canadians are sharing on social media, you can draw a few conclusions about the state of Canada’s Star Wars obsession:
If you underdressed, you were out of place
If you went to the opening night in civilian garb, you probably felt a lot weirder than those dressed like storm troopers or giant hairy space aliens.
— Toronto (@Toronto) December 18, 2015
Some of you can’t contain your enthusiasm
Believe it or not, some people don’t know the plot of Star Wars. Don’t spoil their fun!
Never seen so much effort to ruin films for ppl than with Force Awakens. Had I not seen it last night, would've been spoiled 12 times today.
— Jon Bailey (@EpicVoiceGuy) December 18, 2015
If you didn’t arrive super early, you likely faced unexpected challenges
Getting into the movies on a regular opening night is challenging enough, but on the night of The Force Awakens, there are plenty of other unexpected challenges to consider, like getting detained by Storm Troopers en route to your seat.
— Rick Cordeiro ♌ (@CordeiroRick) December 18, 2015
Star Wars mania doesn’t age discriminate
The Force Awakens brought together fans of all ages, as the adults among us got to check out our favourite characters’ return to the big screen and kids got to experience the wonders of Star Wars for the first time.
The bigger the disguise the better
If you were sitting by your neighbour of 10 years at The Force Awakens opening night, you probably wouldn’t even know it. Sometimes everyone needs to shake things up and channel their favourite alter ego.
Star Wars cures the winter blues
Who has time to be sad when there are Ewoks to love, princesses to save and bad guys to battle? The Force Awakens provides needed escapism for those stuck dealing with the bitter Canadian winter.
— Brent Cooper (@brent_cooper) December 12, 2015
The Force Awakens has some hiding from the chaos
Luckily, you can always catch it later.
@Cinesnark I'm waiting 2 weeks to see Force Awakens, I'm not crazy enough to go ANYWHERE near the cinemas on the 18th, even in Nova Scotia
— MarvelMadam (@filmivore) November 24, 2015