Posted by Elizabeth Ryann on 12:10 AM in adventures, books, circus, food, movies, reading, sharing is caring
Basically, premieres, like most Hollywood parties, take a LONG time, but this one in particular really took forever. I left work around 2:00, ate something (which was really smart), got dressed, and then met my friend Edyta at her house to do hair and makeup. By the time we finally got through the traffic and arrived downtown, it was about 5:30.
By the time we got inside the theater, it was about 7:00, which was when the movie was originally scheduled to start.
There was plenty of that chewy popcorn that is kind of gross, but also kind of addictive, like the kind that comes in those decorative tins at Christmas. That was being served in Eclipse-themed novelty cups, and sodas were available. And that was the only food to be had in the theater. You also weren't allowed to leave if you wanted to come back inside. So I ate a lot of chewy popcorn. Finally scored an Edward on the third cup.
Inside the theater they had three screens, and the two on either ends were showing the people still doing the red carpet outside, namely the stars, as well as clips of people arriving earlier in the day. And I have to point out that Rob was the first of the big three to arrive, around 6:10 or so, and he was gamely signing autographs until they all finally entered the theater (around 8:30). That's a lot of signatures, guys. I also enjoyed the effect some enterprising cameraman had achieved of blacking out the moon that was visible between two buildings, creating an eclipse with some pretty epic Photoshop skills. Terribly funny the first time I saw it. Still pretty amusing the 327th time they showed it. Once the stars were hustled inside, they finally showed the movie to a pretty responsive crowd (read: LOTS of cheering and giggling).
Once the credits rolled, we hiked across the street to the after party, which was pretty amazing. In the outdoor section, they had about ten sandbox-size samples of the sparkle meadow, which pretty quickly became my new favorite thing on the planet.
After we ate and were feeling friendly again, we did a tour around the inside, chatting people up and taking pictures. Amusingly, most of the people there were women, as very few guests felt compelled to bring their husbands/boyfriends, since Twilight is obviously best enjoyed with your gal pals.
Rob Pattinson, by the way, was still swarmed by a long line of people wanting to chat, take pictures, and or get him to sign something. Definitely the most in-demand guest, from what we could tell.
Since by this point it was around midnight, we decided to take a few more pictures with the sparkle meadow and call it a night. It was terribly fun, but also a really long day. I finally fell asleep around 2:30 by the time I got home.
As for the movie itself, I'm a bigger fan of the movies than the books, since I think Melissa Rosenberg is basically an adaptation genius. She's somehow able to remain extremely faithful to the books, while also significantly increasing the inclusion of a plot, and losing many of the moments that made me extremely angry in the books. I'd say this particular movie is probably the most action-oriented one so far, while still focusing on the romance. There were a couple of scene transitions that felt a little odd to me, but overall, I have to say it was pretty good (minus the Edward/Seth werewolf fistbump, which would've been just too much awesome if they'd included it, I suppose). If you go in expecting Eclipse, that's pretty much what you walk out having witnessed, so I'd say it was a success. For those curious, here's a really spot on review from Variety.