Snakes on a Plane!
The moment I stepped into the theater for the opening show, I knew this was going to be good. There was just this buzz all around. You could tell everyone was pumped up and excited, and not just there to watch a movie, but to participate. The audience screamed when they turned half the lights off, before the trailers even started. Then people were booing half the trailers, demanding snakes instead. (They seemed to like Borat and Tenacious D, though.) They went really crazy when the title came on, and then when Sam Jackson first appears, when the plane takes off, etc.
In fact, I don't think there's ever been another case of people getting so excited about an establishing shot of a plane taking off. :) I made this recording of the hollering audience [MP3, 12 secs, 28 KB] from when the snakes finally bust out of their crates. Yes, there are snakes! On a plane! I hope I didn't just spoil the movie for you. :P
The movie managed to live up to the audience's expectations. It knew exactly how to get the audience to holler and shout every few minutes. I'm kind of impressed, actually. It basically got a nearly Rocky Horror level of cult classic enthusiasm... before it was even released. And then it actually did not disappoint!
It was a great time. I mean, the crowd was so loud that we actually managed to miss most of Jackson's signature line from the movie! But it didn't matter: Most of the crowd knew what it was anyway, and when people caught the tail end of the line, they screamed again!
I definitely recommend that people go see it opening weekend when the
rowdy crowds will still be around.. This movie is going to be a totally
different experience without all the noise. :)
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P.S.: I feel proud of the webcomics community tonight, too. Way back in October of last year, when the Snakes on a Plane story first broke (and I blogged it here), Jeffrey Rowland of Wigu/Overcompensating was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon with this comic. Scroll down on that page for the T-shirt he designed, a T-shirt which Samuel L. Jackson himself wears in the official music video. All this attention allowed him to actually meet Samuel L. Jackson in person at ComicCon, and now he's been invited to the official premier, and both he and his comments will be featured in the DVD extras.
Meanwhile, that music video plays over the end credits of the movie, so he actually got his art into the actual movie, by virtue of being one of the first fans!
P.P.S.: The more I think about it, the more I'm surprised that it actually lived up to the hype.
P.P.P.S.: SNAKES ON A PLANE!