I think it was Sunday, although it might have been this past Saturday. My father called to invite me to go with him to see Harry Potter. On Tuesday.
My father gets into preview shows all the time, and he's seen everything from Due Date to The Blind Side before they open. Since his wife wasn't interested in this movie, my dad invited me.
We got there in good time, not so early as to be the first in line, but early enough so that we weren't at the back of that line. We waited. As Dad has been to many of these things, he noticed that things weren't running as smoothly as they usually do. He told me that the ones running the show clearly weren't the A team.
Once we got into the theater, we got some inadvertent pre-show entertainment. The lady in charge of crowd control was a little too eager enforcing "the rules".
We first noticed this when she got into a "I'm going to have to call security" argument with a gentleman on the other side of the theater. She wanted him to move towards the center of the aisle so as to allow as many people in as possible. "No empty seats!"
The couple in front of us enjoyed this a little too much. They already had popcorn. The man had some great biting remarks. The woman's only objection was that the crowd control chick might hear. The couple next to us knew why: "No seat for you!"
The lady on crowd control was a bit of a snob as well. There was a section cordoned off for "VIPs". When some "VIPs" with yellow tickets arrived, she was audibly relieved. She was tired of dealing with "the masses".
Part of me can understand the crowd control chick's perspective. I deal with unruly students who don't want to follow the rules all the time. But the woman of the couple sitting next to us was also a teacher, and she thought the crowd control chick was a bit over the top. She thought that CCC could have been a lot more polite.
The show started a bit late. The "VIPs" didn't fill their section. CCC moved the couple in front of us to the VIP section. (If she had only heard the things they said about her!)
As for the movie, it was fantastic, of course. Dark. Emotional. The action sequences were a bit frenetic, so much so that it was hard to discern what was happening on screen. I could tell that they intended for it to be 3D as certain scenes flew in our faces.
I was curious as to where they'd divide the movies. So as to not give spoilers, all I'll say is that the movie ends in chapter 24. It kind of left us hanging, except for the fact that I read the book, so I do know how it ends.
I'm going to see it again on Friday.