Paramount generously sent us tickets to the German Premiere of "Hänsel und Gretel, Hexenjäger". So we drove to Berlin yesterday!
The event took place in the "Kulturbrauerei", a former brewery, now a very fancy party mile with bars, restaurants and a full cineplex.
When we registered our tickets, we got several nice ribbons to be tied around our wrists - one for the after-movie-party, and one that gave us access to the reserved seats in the main theater (I think the movie played in three or four places simultaneously).
We then went inside, and then upstairs to view the people coming in...
Me and my wife in front of a huge standup:
Then it was time to sit down. We got the best seats in the theater, right in the middle! All around us were people that played smaller roles in the movie, like the kidnapped children of Augsburg. The movie was filmed in Germany, not far from Berlin, so all these guys came.
Paramount of course brought us the main actors, too - not only Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, but also Famke Janssen and Joanna Kulig (the evil and the good witch), plus the director, Tommy Wirkola, and the two producers.
Here is a zoom of the (lousy cell phone) picture:
The movie started, at last. And I have to say I loved every minute of it! And I am not saying that because I was involved in a tiny part of the promotion.
Action. Weapons. Gore. Weapons. Monsters. Weapons. Beautiful people. Weapons. Funny lines. Weapons. Did I mention the weapons?
The movie is a full 3D production, making the fighting scenes even more spectactular. But the intro and outro is probably the best part of the whole thing. Stunning.
After the 90 minutes were over, I was totally excited.
The after show party was kind of boring - maybe because I couldn't drink, as we had to drive home afterwards (four hours in the car, lousy weather). But it was the usual crowded club, free drinks if you could get one. The VIPs were in an eclosed part, like animals in the zoo. I actually felt bad for them, they clearly did not enjoy themselves. So we left after 10 minutes or so.
But - it was a truly unforgettable and wonderful experience. Plus a great movie. Watch it, in 3D, on the big screen, as long as it still plays.