Last night was the private screening of Watchmen that I won in a LoveFilm/PlayStation competition, and I had such a good time! We had to travel up to London for it of course, so we actually spent more money on the train than it would have cost to see it at the cinema in Brighton, but that’s not the point.
We went up to London straight after work and met some friends at Wagamama, where we had a lovely pre-film dinner, and then we scooted on down to the Odeon Marble Arch for 8pm and met the rest of our friends. There were a couple of nice guys from PlayStation there to meet us and they showed us into our lovely empty screen that was entirely devoid of annoying other people.
They had very carefully laid out a bag of popcorn and a drink for each of us, and then someone came round and gave us each a little tub of Ben & Jerry’s which we munched on happily during the trailers while having quiet conversations along the lines of “hi, how are you? fine thanks. why are we whispering? I don’t know, there’s no-one else here!”
The film was good, I hadn’t really been sure what to expect as I haven’t read the book, but I really enjoyed it. It was a little long I have to say, because for the whole of the third hour I was thinking “really? you’re not finished yet?”, but I suppose they didn’t want to trim the book too much. I was glad I hadn’t read it in a way because it obviously made it all new for me, and it meant I wasn’t comparing and thinking “the book was better” the whole time.
Dr Manhattan is obviously way cool with is god-like powers. I quite liked his indifference to wearing clothes, but at the same time his electric blue cock did rather draw the eye and stopped me focusing on some of the dialogue. I was also a bit peturbed by the size of Nite Owl’s gargantuan arse and kept thinking “is that part of his super power? surely not…”
And then afterwards, as if the private screening and free food weren’t enough, we got party bags! Very much in the vein of a 10-year old’s birthday party where you file out one by one, get handed a bag and say “thank you very much for having me” before scurrying off. I was well impressed with the contents though, it’s all PlayStation 3 stuff, a mug and a pen and a bottle opener, PLUS two tickets to see another film at an Odeon EACH! The goodie bag on its own would have been quite a good prize I thought!
So yes, that was my prize winner’s evening. It may well be the only time I win a competition ever, so I’m glad we made the most of it and didn’t say “oh, London, that’s a bit far” or whatever.