Review: Star Wars: Identities Exhibition
Lekhika reviews the new Star Wars: Identities exhibition at The O2 in London
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Star Wars is the phenomenon that gripped the world in 1977 and doesn’t seem like it will let us go anytime soon.
It began with the release of the first film: Star Wars (titled Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1981). The next film is to be released this year and it is the 10th instalment in the franchise and the 2nd film in the sequel trilogy; which started off with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
The Star Wars: Identities exhibition is being hosted at The O2, London until September, allowing a unique glimpse into the characters of the Star Wars universe.
The exhibition allows you build your very own Star Wars character from scratch. Walking into the exhibition, you are given a wristband to wear along with an ear piece. The wristband allows you to, throughout the experience, go up to 10 checkpoints and build your character. Checkpoints vary: from encouraging you to choose your species; (the choices range from an Ewok, a Zabrak, a Twi’lek to a Gungan to name a few) to choosing what abilities you wish to develop. All checkpoints culminate in personalised character that you can them email to yourself; allowing you to save it forever.
While creating your hero and enjoying that interactive experience is amazing, the real gem of the exhibition is the insane collection of around 200 costumes, props and artwork from the Star Wars films. Nothing is a replica! The production sketches, the originals of course, were beautifully rendered drawings. You get to see Han Solo in carbonite; the real one. There are Stormtrooper outfits on display, alongside Darth Vader and Yoda. The best part is the absolutely amazing Star Destroyer model – the level of detail was simply beautiful!
Your earpiece picks up the signals from various parts of the exhibition; allowing you to watch videos or listen to clips about everything on display. The audio and video talks you through the journey that the characters faced; they allow you to develop such a detailed understanding of the characters and what shaped them.
A must see for any Star Wars fan, this is an experience not to be missed.