I had the privilege to attend the Premiere Gala of Alice in Wonderland at Shaw Lido last evening.
When I arrived, I was intimidated by the sheer number of people there.
I think I was late because there was no queue when I collected my tickets from the Nuffnang booth. However, another queue of people waiting to enter the theater has already formed, and snaking around the place.
The turnout was greater than I had expected and silly me had initially thought that this Premiere was exclusive to Nuffnangers. Then, it dawn upon me that there could be people who got tickets through other sources.
Because it was the Premiere, we had to surrender our mobile phones, cameras and even MP3s to security. As long you have a device that could record, it has to be turned in.
Security was tight and no bags were left unturned.
But it did not stop there.
Even while watching the show, there were security personnel patrolling along the aisle, making sure no one is filming secretly so that pirated copies could not reach the makeshift stalls before the movie officially hit the theaters on the Fourth of March.
the show ended, there was a mad rush to collect our gadgets from the security. Due to the number of people, I’m mentally prepared for some confusions to arise and the waiting time would be long but on the
contrary, they were quite efficient and I got mine back in less than five
minutes after joining the queue.
I have to mention that Anne Hathaway’s portrayal as the White Queen was hilarious.
Unlike the graceful Queen that all good Queens should be, there’s something awkward about her “graceful ways”. The way she carries herself and the little gestures she display (turning nauseous at the sight of the
severed Jabberwocky head) was funny and reminds us that she’s only human just like the rest of
us. (A Queen’s still gonna eat and shit like us, no?)
All in all, Tim Burton didn’t disappoint but the only letdown was that we didn’t get to enjoy the show in 3D.
I would be thrilled to fall through the rabbit hole together with Alice or
to have a teacup flung into my face by the paranoid March Hare.
Nevertheless, thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation!