After a long year of waiting, Mockingjay Part 2 is finally unleashed today. Your first chance to watch was at the midnight screenings last night and I was among the lucky/crazy few who braved the late screenings at my local cineplex to be among the very first to see the final Hunger Games movie. It was very exciting.
But wait - just one late night movie? That's wayyyyy too easy. If I was gonna do this, I was gonna do it right. And that could mean only one thing - A Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 double header, back to back screening. Finishing at 2.30am. Here, in all it's spoiler-free glory, is how it went down.
Mockingjay Part 1
20.00 - Wolf down dinner, run for tube
20.30 - "Well it says the start was at half 8 but there'll be loads of trailers and stuff. That'll kill half an hour".
20.35 - Large bag of fizzy cola bottles purchased.
20.45 - Damn, guess there weren't any trailers.
20.55 - Wait, why are they underground again? Knew they should have made this a triple bill.
20.57 - Wait, why is there a girl with a snacks cart actually inside the cinema?
20.58 - OMG THE CART SELLS BEER!
21.00 - Run to cashpoint
21.04 - ID check for beer. Well, it is dark in here.
21.05 - Finally settled in my seat, Julianne Moore giving one of those speeches in the big conference room. I'm focused, and I'm excited.
21.07 - It's fun watching JLaw pretend she can't act in that propaganda film bit. Deserved another Oscar.
21.20 - Nap.
22.20 - Nap.
23.20 - Ah, where am I? Oh are they rescuing Peeta now?
23.30 - Part one done, Peeta be cray.
INTERMISSION - Stretch legs, pee, purchase beer no.2 and all of the popcorn.
Mockingjay Part 2
00.00 - Yaaassss!
00.01 - Oh, this one does have trailers....
00.07 - How much must they be paying Willem Dafoe to do these awful commercials?
00.08 - Star Wars Trailer. Doing midnight show for that too. Probably in costume. I'm thinking George Lucas.
00.15 - Right, and we're off!
00.16 - Wow, this starts literally where we just left them.
00.20 - WTF? Did (SPOILER) really just (SPOILER) when she knew (SPOILER) was (SPOILER)?
00.45 - SPOILERS
01.00 - SPOILERS
01.14 - Not enough Stanley Tucci in this.
01.30 - Sewers are creepy as f*ck.
01.45 - *Serious film review mode* This is probably the strongest action sequence I've seen in any movie for a very long time.
02.00 - SPOILERS
02.05 - SPOILERS
02.15 - Nooooo!!!!!
02.20 - Big finale brewing.
02.25 - Big finale.
02.30 - Major Harry Potter Vibes.
02.31 - CREDITS, *sobs*
02.45 - "I like the bit when that guy did the thing with the stuff..."
02.55 - How am I not in bed yet?
03.00 - Collapse.
03.26 - Can't sleep due to aforementioned nap.
03.37 - Fall asleep.
07.00 - ALARM. Sh*t.
In short, the film is really good but midnight screenings are a terrible idea on a school night.