It was a long road... One that took us to a Michigan hotel for 6 months. Needless to say I was super duper excited about seeing Oz. More excited than Brian was and he worked on it. Probably more excited than I was about Avatar (hides in case Brian ever sees this). I know, I know, he worked on Avatar longer.... way longer. I was excited about Avatar, don't get me wrong -- it was his first movie. This, though, is Oz and I was in a hotel in a strange state for 6 months, hello! It did mean I got to go to Indiana, meet Misi, see James Dean's hometown and grave too. I got engaged on this movie oh and I can say this now -- I literally buried my name on this movie. My old name is on one of the tombstones in the graveyard (the name I had prior to marrying -- the last name of my ex-hubby). Yay! You can't actually see my name on screen, but yeah, it's there and we know it is, so yay. Somewhere Disney owns a tombstone with my old name.
Finally last night we got to go to see it at the El Capitan theater (if you watch Jimmy Kimmel you've probably seen it). First we get in line, and finally someone tells us, oh there's two lines - you're in the wrong line. You got to check in first. Um. Okay. So we find the other line. I stepped on Winnie the Pooh's star, which oddly enough was the coolest star I saw while waiting in line (sorry other stars). Get checked in and our tickets and back in line. We start telling other people about the two lines because frankly it was never clear. It did move fast. Thought we were gonna have check out phones (standard at pre-release screenings) but the dude at the door just said turn off your phones or else if we see them light up or hear a sound from them we'll take them and it can take up to 4 hours for us to get them back to you with these lines -- the theater was WAY full like every seat claimed). Get in, free drinks and popcorn in OZ buckets (yay). Get already filling up but find seats right there on the end so I don't have to take many more stairs. Hit the bathrooms. Then they had a guy playing a gold organ to you know keep us entertained until it starts - seriously awesome, that organ was amazing and it reminded me of how back in the day they kind of HAD to have a piano at a theater.
We had the move introduced to us by a producer (Don't remember his name, sorry), then Rob Stromberg (know his name well as Brian works with him a lot - his movie will be the next one I geek out for as he's now directing "Maleficent"), then Joey King (The China Doll in the movie).
I loved the movie. I'm not going to lie and say it was perfect. Most of my nitpicks, gripes, whatever are minor though. Some are just personal pet peeves -- like why oh why do we have to know someone an an evil witch because she has black feathers around her collar, I'm over black feather collars for witches. Or like there is a part where something is snow. I actually asked Brian what it was supposed to be because hello magical land and it's super bright and colorful outside and it looks so pretty and that was so light it could have been anything, it almost looked like light or like someone blew on a white dandelion and it was just over-lit glow'y now -- they didn't really do a good job of telling me that was snow, I was actually guessing everything BUT snow. Then he reminds me of how high on a mountain it was happening. Oh, I get it now. But yeah that's the kind of gripes I have. I don't have the major gripes I've seen from some other people - the whole I hate this actor or whatever. I'll put it this way, Brian asked me if I'd want to watch it again when it comes out on Blu-ray - um YES, we will totally be buying it and not just because we need it for our his name is in it the credits collection. I went home saying I want a talking monkey and a china doll.
Also, the hubby got the best movie credit he's ever had! Usually we have to squint to find him in a megalist of artists. This time he had a supervisor title on it's own line -- actually two titles even! Yeah he worked his booty off. I'm so proud of him and everyone who worked on it. They did an excellent job.
I'm feeling: mellow