Okay, well, actually, it wasn’t midnight, it was 12:15 AM. The fact that Peter Jackson and company really want you to see this in high frame rate 3D sat poorly with my group of friends—since childhood, I have subconsciously allied myself with people who wear glasses. (I recommend this strategy.) In the interests of not having my friends’ heads explode when exposed to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I got tickets for the 12:15 AM 2D screening in Atlantic Station. And lo and behold, the official TheOneRing.Net line party was being held at this very screening! Having never been to a line party before (and two of us having never been to a midnight screening before!), we were all super-excited, so when Thursday night finally rolled around and we were done braiding each other’s hair and talking about Tolkien, we took to the highway. (Music: “I Will Wait”, Mumford & Sons.)
As the line party started at 10 PM, we rolled out at 9:30 PM, resplendent in our braids. We had a few elves, one human, and, of course, one dwarf—myself as Lady Fili. The fur coat may have been a bit much at Dragon*Con back in the summer, but for a freezing December night? Perfect. (Of course, the last film will be a summer release, so I better get cracking on Thranduil…) We met my friends Natalya and Jessica there, Natalya having come as an adorable Ori. (Adam Brown seems to think so too; I tweeted a photo of her at him and he favorited it. Ah, the blessings of the Internet!) And yes, this is the best photo my camera took. It’s very fond of turning me into a warm beige blob even when I’m not in costume.
We were immediately greeted by a small TheOneRing.Net crew, including Rebecca Perry, who sweetly recognized me from an Evening at Bree. The evening’s swag started with a Bilbo or Gandalf pin and a one-sheet poster, which is now lording over my small one-sheet collection (The Social Network, The Three Musketeers, Rock of Ages, and Looper). Natalya and Jessica’s tickets were for the 12:20 AM 2D screening, so we sadly had to part ways, although we’ve got a dish session scheduled for tomorrow to compare notes. My crew hopped in line, but we weren’t waiting long before they let us into the theater proper and seat ourselves. Since we were early (people were trickling in up until midnight), we got some choice ones.
There was a trivia contest, with questions from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—by the end of the contest, I had worked up some considerable swag! Pictured above: a 75th anniversary edition of The Hobbit, specialty dwarven 3D glasses, and a TheOneRing.Net Line Party pin. We then fell to chatting with our fellow Ringers—turns out I went to high school with the guy seated in front of us. Small world! We took some photos, especially with a lovely Blue Wizard, and we met Cressie, whose map of Middle-Earth dress you might be familiar with, who was equally lovely. Between talking music with the blue wizard and texting Natalya bastardized The Lord of the Rings quotes, the time flew, and then, suddenly, it was 12:15 AM.
The lights dimmed and the theater’s roller coaster bumper played, while we all raised our arms up and pretended we were on a roller coaster. Geeks: we’re the best. We got through an awful Billy Crystal cell phone PSA and then the actually amazing trailer for The Host, when the fire alarm went off. We didn’t budge. Turns out, one of the popcorn machines caught on fire; thankfully, it was contained and nobody was hurt. After a few minutes, they restarted the film—we heckled the Billy Crystal PSA—and cheered when we finally got past the The Host trailer. There were trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness (my friend Rosie was delighted by my gasps), After Earth (which looks really good), and Oblivion (we only really perked up when Morgan Freeman showed up in those awesome glasses). There was also a trailer for The Lone Ranger, which actually sickened me. Can we just agree not to go see Bruckheimer’s latest attempt to whitewash the rare franchise that has people of color in it? Because I’m so done with it.
Anyway, after that, the film started and… well, I suppose you’ll have to wait for my review of the film tomorrow, won’t you?
It’s been a week—recovering from a midnight premiere is always difficult on my system. It’s been my last week of classes and finals—I took my Latin final on Thursday and my history final yesterday. I still have a paper due, but I can do that from home, so I’m heading home today! As you can imagine, my reading has stalled a bit with this, but it should pick up during my well-deserved break. And yeah, I’m going to go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey again, in, ideally, high frame rate 3D.
Did you go to a midnight premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? If not, do you plan on seeing the film?