About ten people down from the head of the line I find Kim and some of her friends. "When did you get here?" "About 7:45." (for the 10:15 show)
The line continues down through the lobby, halfway along the wall I run into Jess and Lauren and Tim. "When did you get here?" "8:15." (I think that's what they said.)
Around the corner from the lobby I run into a cluster of people I know. "When did you get here?" "8:45."
Then there's the staircase. The line goes all the way down the staircase.
Here's some of my group, we got there at 9:00.
Here's the view up the staircase from where we were.
I was worried we were dead last in line because hardly anyone came after us. So this made me also worry that there would be absolutely no seats together in the theater. Turns out the people that came after us they lined up outside the theater. We sat in the biggest theater at the theater (there has to be a better word, right?) and there were plenty of seats, we actually got pretty great seats ourselves.
And what did I think of the movie? It was fine. I had actually listened to the book at work earlier that week and I think I would have liked the movie better if I hadn't known the story. Because then I would have been like "Ooh, ooh, what will happen next?!" instead of knowing what was coming and wondering how they'd portray it. But it was fun to be there, the excitement was exciting, and I loved the Twilight trailer because I got to yell "SHE'S GOING TO EAT THAT DEER!" at the very end.
Speaking of ends . . . what about the end of the Hunger Games? They rushed through the whole climax so quickly it felt like they were running out of film and needed to just get it done with. The book would make a better Lost-style TV series, I think.
But, hey, don't listen to me. I don't want you thinking I'm a guy with a strong opinion about the Hunger Games.
Oh but wait. I do have one strong opinion: I wanted Katniss to kill Rue. Sorry but I thought it was a story about teenagers killing teenagers so I imagined Ms. Everdeen would have to get coldblooded at some point if she really wanted to win.
Maybe next year.