Tonight, instead of our planned smattering of Christmas parties, we got one big early-and-unexpected Christmas present, tied up in a big, blue neon bow -- after over two years of build-up
, Jason and I finally got to see TRON: LEGACY.
That our viewing occurred at the film's world premiere was a complete and total fluke -- a friend-of-a-friend messaged me on Twitter this morning and let me know there were a few extra tickets as part of a fan contest that was going on. I of course jumped at the chance.
Upon arrival, we were given wristbands, some blue glow sticks, and a neck chain with a small USB flash drive in it (they were part of some sort of Nokia-sponsored contest, and we were told we'd find out if we won when we got home and plugged it into our computer -- we didn't win).
We were then ushered into a special corral just adjacent to the blue (not red) carpet as the celebs arrived -- Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges and director Joseph Kosinski all walked within a few feet of me and about a hundred other contest-winning fans (there were hundreds more fans lining the sidewalk behind us across the street, but our perk was being right next to the arrival area with direct access to the blue carpet. Sweet!).
So, while we certainly weren't part of the premiere's elite guest list, we were certainly part of a very enthusiastic group of fans. Jeff Bridges was the most up-close-and-personal with us, shaking hands with everyone on his way down the blue carpet (I got a high-five!). Olivia Wilde was gorgeous, Garrett Hedlund was aw-shucks, and Daft Punk arrived wearing their helmets and tuxes. It was all mildly surreal, and pretty much over about as quickly as it started.
After the celebrity arrival brouhaha, we were escorted into the theater -- alas, we didn't actually see it with the celebs in the El Capitan, but rather were taken to a second "overflow" screening next door at one of the theaters inside the Mann Chinese multiplex. Still, it was an incredible treat to be able to see the film early, and with the perk of such a cool celebrity-arrival preshow.
It was a great night, capping off two-plus years of anticipation in a way I couldn't have dreamed. I will save any detailed comments about the film until after it opens -- I have a feeling I'm going to need a second viewing to really formulate my thoughts, and I already have tickets for the midnight showing in IMAX 3D on opening night.
However, I will say this -- it was 96 minutes of cinematic-happy-place. :)(Click on me to see additional photos; I've also posted a video on YouTube.)