No, I wasn’t able to meet Leo. Sorry Kelly. Tonight was absolutely crazy. The lines for the screening began at 4:30pm, and the two showtimes were 8pm and 11:30. The 8pm one was the same one that Leonardo DiCaprio, Spielberg, and all those guys were at. That was sold out before tickets even became available to the public. BUT, I was able to get a ticket into the 11:30 screening, which meant we were walking in as they were walking out. Just as cool–same premiere status, same red carpet with pictures and all that.
We knew it was going to rain. I was prepared–just like any Eagle Scout should. The only problem was that none of us anticipated being held out in the pouring rain for 2 hours. There was some sort of massive delay in getting the second screening ready–everyone was dressed out in absolute top formal attire, but the festival staff held us outside to wait. Umbrellas did nothing. There was no point. We were wet. So we gave up trying to spot the stars walking the carpet before the 8pm screening and just decided to stay dry as long as possible. It didn’t last long.
Once we got passed all that craziness…I finally got to seeing the film. I went into it with an open mind, but I already heard a good deal of critique on it. Luhrmann definitely has a unique style, and I would compare the film a good deal to Mulan Rouge. The visual spectacle was a huge part of the film, and it was almost as if they tried to use sensory overload to distract from the rather dry story. The soundtrack was a unique mix of modern hip hop and 1920’s ragtime. I enjoyed it mostly, and Jay Z did a great job, just a bit much at times created a rather jarring experience in the first act.