I swear I was going to go blog-hopping today. I had my post already to go (actually I had last week’s post, revamped from not getting to use it due last week’s Blogger Apocalypse). All I needed were the hop questions, I could quick answer, quick post…And finally the questions came…moments before I had to leave…I worked in a fabulous fervor, thinking and typing and linking…but even then, only one of the questions was out, and I HAD to leave.
My other addiction was calling. Movies. Specifically a MIDNIGHT showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In 3D.
Midnight showings. There is just something about a group of people willing to forgo sleep and convention in order to be the first to see a movie. These are people who REALLY want to see the movie. People who love the excitement—Whether it’s being the first, whether it’s dressing up, or coming in their pjs, or just seeing a movie in the company of other like-minded individuals.
Yes, I have sat and waited in many very long lines, for many many hours. I have strategically mapped out the theaters that are most likely to be swelled with crowds, and the ones that might just be overlooked. I have brought snacks, reading material, games, knitting, and even chairs. But you know what, after a couple hours sitting in the grass, damp from the night air, I don’t regret bringing chairs.
3D fine, it’s a fad. Whatever. I’m not saying it’s going to be around forever, but I want to take advantage of 3D while it’s here. Unfortunately when I say here, I don’t mean our small, local theaters…I mean the slightly bigger chain theater an hour away.
I’m still fairly new to the area, so I’m still feeling out how the locals deal with midnight shows. When I lived in San Jose, my sister and I drove past four different theaters, all with multiple midnight Harry Potters showing. When our 16-plex was sold out of midnight shows, we went to the 3am. But I’m in a much smaller area now, and although I didn’t expect the Twilight or Harry Potter crowds, I simply didn’t know what kind of crowd to expect, which meant if we wanted good seats, we were going to go early and wait in line. It was more of a question of how long were we willing to wait in line. And though I like being the first in, getting the good seats, I felt a 2 hour wait time seemed the most doable—We still had our hour drive-time to the theater, but we didn’t want to get there too early and be the only ones there, either.
A group of nine had gotten there at 7. At 10pm, we were 10th and 11th in line. Yea for food/chairs/reading material. In my experience, most theaters will let you in about 15 minutes to a half-hour before the show starts—They let us in at 11! Woo hoo!!!
It was a fairly small crowd—about 20 of us for 3D, and at least another 20 for regular. I’m sure the Friday and weekend shows will be a lot busier.
And while the 7 O’clock early bird group all went the corsets/pirate wench look—I have to say, the best part of the evening was a fantastic Jack Sparrow look-alike. His face, his eyes, his voice; from hat to hair to boots—He mumbled like Jack, and stumbled and wobbled in Jack’s way of walking, as if he’s on water, even when he’s on dry land—He was in character from beginning to end. I found myself sneaking quite a few glances—And he was only too happy to pose for pictures. I swear, this guy looked super-real/authentic. I can only imagine there were more than a few wenches who would have been happy to go home with the Captain. This guy was good.
And the movie? Pretty frackin’ fantastic!!! Disney can really pull out the magic when they want to. And they DID. And it just felt magical. It was the same feeling of magic and amazingness that I fell in love with the first time I saw Harry Potter.
And the 3D was 100% worth it—I would even go and see it again in 3D. It had chase scenes and fight scenes and mermaids. Eye-popping, eye-catching effects that really drew me right up into the film.
Johnny Depp. Ian McShane. Geoffrey Rush. These men are absolutely fantastic! It’s one thing to be Penelope Cruz who is stunningly gorgeous with flawless skin, but the men’s makeup was an entirely different matter. These men are made to look tanned and weathered and rough, dirty and scarred. I sat about 10 rows in, watching these guys in 3D and could see the Pores. On. Their. Faces. There was more than one instance where Johnny Depp’s face fills the entire screen. And I just have to give props to any man (or any person) who can bear such scrutiny under a magnifying glass (x1000) and can still look frackin’ amazing.
Just absolutely fantastic!!!! Everybody should see it!!!
***And on a side topic—Mermaids. The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite movies. I was so glad it was done before all the new 3D animation, because I just couldn’t imagine all this new technology being able to capture the warmth and wonder I felt the first time I saw Ariel swimming in the ocean. And I’ve sometimes wondered what it would be like if there were a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid—There have been other live-action mermaid movies, some really good ones. But these are the first mermaids to make me feel the same sense of awe and wonder and magic of watching Ariel—And I could totally see a fantastic live-action Little Mermaid adaptation come out of this technology!!!!
Oh, and I got back around 4am, which why I decided that I’ve had enough fun for one day, and will have to save blog-hopping for another Friday—Hope you all have a great weekend!!!!
(\__/)p.s. don’t forget to stay through the credits!!!