Well, It Was Free: Insurgent World Premiere
I missed jumping on the Divergent series bandwagon since it came out when I was in college and didn't have a lot of time for leisurely reading. When the first film came out, I wasn't interested in seeing it, and truthfully, I wasn't interested in seeing the second film either. But fate have it, I have now seen Insurgent a week and a half before the rest of the world gets to.
I wish I could call this a blogger perk, but I'm not quite recognized enough yet to get invited to premieres. This happened entirely by luck. The London Premieres Facebook group I'm a part of posted that there would be 200 special VIP tickets given away for the Insurgent premiere. I assumed that people would be lining up in the wee hours of the morning to get these, but chance was on my side, because when I went to Leicester Square with my friends after my class, around 2:30, they were handing them out, and I got number 99. This pass allowed me a special seat at the red carpet (meaning not having to stand behind bars like a normal, crazy fan, as I usually am), and to actually go inside and see the world premiere of the film. I couldn't believe it! I've never actually gotten to go inside a premiere. Of course, when I eventually do become a celebrity publicist, this will be the norm for me, but for now, I do what I can to be near the action, and this time, I was right up in it!
We were escorted to our special seating area on the red carpet, and waited patiently for the premiere to start. Truthfully, I am not really a Shailene Woodley fan, and since I haven't seen the first film, I have no idea who Theo James is, and they were the only two stars from the film to show up. The author, Veronica Roth, was also in attendance, but since I haven't read the books, I can't say I really care about her presence too much. I wish that Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Miles Teller would've been there, but oh well.
So after the most sparse (celebrity-wise) red carpet ever, we were led into the cinema to see the film. We had to surrender our phones and cameras so we couldn't pirate the film, and then got a special premiere ticket and ushered to our seats. I probably made a fool of myself by getting way too excited at the fact that all the chairs had a bottle of water and bag of chips included. I just don't get luxury in my life that often, so it was nice to be pampered in this way.
I would review the film (having been one of the first people in the world to see it now), but I don't think I'd be able to do it justice, since I haven't seen the first one. Overall, it was a cool movie though. I didn't understand what was happening half of the time, but the effects were great and it's an interesting concept for a dystopian universe. If you were a fan of the first film, you'll definitely love the second one. It's not a film I would've paid to see, so I am glad I got to see it for free.