Flashforward to today. I Metro down to the Mazza Gallerie, and ZOMG the Red Line is wall-to-wall people. And I was somehow crammed into a traincar full of the French. It was odd. Last minute phone coordinating, and I meet pseudotheist and maroonmd at the doors. No luck getting in touch with the rest of our party. Fingers crossed for them. The other two head to grab some food, and I elect to stay in line. Which was the best idea I have ever had. The 'line' turns out to be 'a mob scene I am luckily at the front of' within twenty minutes, and I can't even call the others to warn them, because I get zero cell signal in that forsaken hallway. Gah! However, spirits were high in the line, and the people around me were chummy, which was very keen. Even the ultra-chatty fifteen year old anime fan next to me. At least she was amusing. Anyways. We eventually get herded inside, and there's a hella lotta spaces set aside for corporate guests and the press and what have you. We settle for some less-than-optimal seats on the upper right, but again, spirits remain high. It was a surprisingly awesome crowd, all things considered. So, boo on AMC for poor planning, but up with the human race for being cool about free movies.
And, right, and the movie: Cloverfield is excellent, and definitely what I was expecting. Maybe not much more than I was expecting, but there's nothing wrong with that. A more spoilery review will follow on Saturday or so, but if the trailer looked interesting, then go watch it. In theaters. This weekend. You won't regret it.