In my November 19 post I mentioned that I had been invited to attend the red carpet premiere of the soon to be released DreamWorks movie War Horse. Well, the War Horse premiere was this past weekend and I want to share some of my trip with you.
I knew when I arrived in New York City on Saturday and checked into the Essex House that I was in for a memorable trip. Seriously, how can you not smile when the tv knows who you are and you don’t even live there?!
Saturday night our #DisneyDreamworksEvent group attended Mary Poppins on Broadway. I’m saving that story for another post, but I’ll say now that it was a blast!
Sunday morning we had some free time. I relaxed in the room for a while and then had an #oldbroadsday out afternoon with Zippy at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.
Sunday night was the War Horse premiere. We met downstairs in the lobby at 4:30. I knew the premiere wasn’t supposed to start until 6, but after our experience with traffic the day before I understood why we were leaving so early. Our group met downstairs. Everyone was dressed beautifully – dresses, gowns, heels, makeup, the works. We went outside to board two vans. The thing is, only one van was there. And somehow, despite the fact that I was one of the first two to arrive in the lobby, I didn’t manage to get a seat on the first van. I was disappointed, because I wanted to get off of my feet. My new heels were killing me! I watched the first van sit parked at the curb while the rest of us stood outside waiting for the other van. As my knees and feet grew sore and tired I couldn’t help but think how lucky those girls were to be sitting down. Finally the second van arrived.
By now traffic was a madhouse. We were caught in bumper to bumper traffic for about ten minutes and hadn’t left the front of the hotel. Someone in the group asked the driver if he could turn around legally. He replied no. She then asked if he could turn around “not so legally”. He obliged.
“There’s something moving”
We headed off in the direction of the Lincoln Center, quickly losing sight of the first van which had gone the other way. When we arrived at Lincoln Center just minutes later there was a lot going on. Crowds of spectators were forming but I couldn’t see what was on the other side.
Ah hah! As I got closer I saw the red carpet. Now I knew what was happening. The people were waiting to see anyone that might be someone. And someone that might be anyone. My group was hoping to see the group from the other van, as well as anyone else that we might see.
Even the news was there.
We approached the entrance area. The crowd thinned and things calmed down, allowing me to get a glimpse of the big silk screen for the movie. It seemed larger then life, beautiful and dramatic!
“There’s something moving.”
And then it was busy again.
The media was there. Those lights sure are bright!
We made out way into the theater. The other half of my group was till not there. those that were there – Zippy and Lauren – took our seats down towards the front of the theater. Finally, the others arrived. As it turns out, they’d gotten stuck in really bad traffic. Rather then wait it out and be even later, they took matters into their own hands. I don’t blame them, it was late. Wanna know what they did? I’ll tell you. Better yet, I’ll show you.
“There’s something moving.”
Yep. They ran!
A few minutes went by and it was time for the War Horse premiere to begin.
Steven Spielberg himself came out to introduce the cast, which includes Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell. War Horse is a PG-13 movie based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot. The movie, set in rural England during the First World War, is about a boy Albert and his horse Joey and the relationship between them.
Then the movie started.
For the next 2 hours and 20 minutes I was glued to my seat. When the movie finished we were invited to the after party. Before leaving the theater I had to have one of the others check my face, to be sure I didn’t look like Alice Cooper with makeup running down my face from the tears. The party was a blast, with lots of tasty food and plenty of opportunities to people watch.
I consider myself so fortunate to have been able to be present for the beginning of War Horse’s journey. The movie is even more beautiful and dramatic then I expected, and quite miraculous itself. It other words, it was amazing.
And I wasn’t alone. I was in the company of 19 other Mom bloggers, as well as the wonderful Marshall, who along with DreamWorks and Disney, made this magical weekend possible for us. (Thanks again Marshall!)
There’s something moving.
It’s a horse.
What kind of a horse?
A miraculous horse.
Those lines are taken from the movie War Horse. War Horse will march proudly into theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011. It’s a powerful movie that will move you. It’s a hit waiting to be born. I truly recommend that you go see it. And if you’re going on Christmas Day, go early and run if you have to. It’s opening day, after all. It’s worth it.
Here’s the official trailer for War Horse, a little something to hold you over until Christmas Day.
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All expenses were covered by Disney & DreamWorks. Please note that as always my opinions are my own, and that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.