STAR WARS MARATHON
Hey, I'm Adam with Newsok. I'm hanging out with some of the biggest Star Wars fans in Oklahoma. They have all gathered to watch every movie, from the Phantom Menace all the way to Return Of The Jedi and capped with the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stay with me as I update you on all the late-night shenanigans.
- •Pre-showI arrived about 2 hours before the premiere the 1 a.m. showing of The Phantom Menace. I reasoned that I wanted to get there early enough that I wouldn't be forced to endure the entire marathon craning my neck from the front row without getting here so early that I fall asleep before the thing starts (a sincerely legitimate possibility.) Mission accomplished. I snagged an aisle seat to allow for interview possibilities and I'm also right next to an electrical outlet. Check and check.
- •Only one costumed marathon goer here so far. A man two rows in front of me dressed as Kylo Ren from the upcoming movie. He also managed to bring not one, but two toy light sabers in. I had read in the lead up to the premiere that AMC theaters would be banning masks and these Jedi weapons. This man said 'no way.' Guess that's why he's a bad guy.
- •This is an experienced crow of marathon goers. So far I've heard multiple people discussing their marathon experiences for all eight Harry Potter films, 28 hours of Marvel movies and a combo of six, three-hour Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit marathons. I hope my experience isn't showing already, I didn't even bring a neck pillow.
- •The Phantom Menace began with little fan fare. No introduction by the theater staff, no pre-show trivia... Nothing. The lights dimmed and it just began.
- •As quickly as the movie began, so did the snores around me. These first three movies aren't well loved (that's putting it extremely nicely) but I found the lack of enthusiasm disturbing. Even the opening title sequence barely registered applause.
- •Movie went off without a hitch. Young Skywalker was not as annoying as I remembered and Jar Jar Binks was every bit as annoying as I remember.
- •Movie ended right about 3:10 a.m. The rush to the bathrooms and snack bar was immediate. Weirdly enough, plenty of 3 a.m. hotdogs and pizzas being consumed.
- •We have hit 5:45 a.m. The dark side of many eyelids has won so far. Attach Of The Clones has effectively worn most people down into puddles of goo just sitting plastered to their chairs. Not sure if that's because of the hilariously draining dialogue in the last movie or because of the time. Either way, people are at their lowest right now.
- •I talked with Brodie Rawlens, 36 of OKC, he's been looking forward to the premiere of Force Awakens for more than a year he says. "I've literally avoided the Internet and tv for the last week," he said. "I just don't want to spoil anything for myself."
- •8:30 A.M. We have officially finished the prequels. Large applause at the end when we the credits started to roll. Jake Sutton, 28, yelled out as the lights came on, "Now we can get to the real movies." Excitement is building.
- •There is a break until 10:15 a.m. to give people a chance to run and got get breakfast.