As I have mentioned a couple of times now, I was recently invited to a press screening for the new film Ratatouille.
Initially, I was skeptical, but I decided I’d regret it if I didn’t at least try – and I love Pixar films, so I had to say yes.
The screening was at a hotel in Soho, London, so I turned up with a friend from work and went in. Initial impressions were great. The hotel was very posh and there were also free drinks and nibbles going around. I was worried that maybe my outfit (jeans and a t-shirt as usual) wasn’t appropriate, but slowly others turned up wearing similar clothes.
When I found out the venue was a hotel, images of us sitting in a meeting room with a projector and a whiteboard watching a pirated copy of the film with terrible audio crossed my mind. However, my assumptions couldn’t have been more wrong. Once everybody arrived, we were herded into the screening room to find out that it was an actual cinema, albeit a very small one. There must have been about 100 seats (roughly 6/7 rows with 15 seats in each). We were then told that we’d get to see the film in digital format (which is not very common in the UK), and the trailers started (or should I say “trailer”).
There was only one trailer, and it served more as a teaser – it was for next year’s highly anticipated Pixar movie, WALL-E. After the trailer ended, we got to watch the Pixar short Lifted (which was very amusing 🙂 ).
Then finally came time to watch Ratatouille itself…