So. Midnight showings are a thing that happen. I had not attended one in over a year and a half, but tonight reminded me of just how different they are as a viewing experience. The air is filled with passion and enthusiasm that feels almost tangible, and fans adorn themselves in costumes as if it is a particularly nerdy Halloween. Throughout the previews, the audience can't seem to keep themselves from chattering as an outlet of their excitement, but silence falls like a veil as soon as the opening credits begin. It's honestly magical.
As much as I adore it, my favorite aspect of midnight showings isn't the sense of camaraderie, but rather how my mind is a clean slate. There are no spoilers or reviews to give me any sense of positive or negative prejudice. I am watching the film for the first time alongside millions of others in similar theaters, which for some reason is an idea that I find incredibly cool.
With that said, here is a list of midnight viewings that I plan to attend this year:
The Hunger Games The Avengers
- Snow White and the Huntsman
Prometheus The Amazing Spiderman The Dark Knight Rises
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
... I don't have a thing for superhero films, at all. Clearly.