I planned this New Thing a couple of days ago, when Amanda invited me to a screening of Atonement for the Screen Actors Guild. Never having been to a SAG screening, but being a fan of Ian McEwan's novel by the same name, I immediately said yes. Then, on the way to our seats this afternoon, she tells me that the cast and director are scheduled to appear at the screening! So I went to a SAG screening of Atonement, then saw James McEvoy, Kiera Knightley, Joe Wright, and Saoirse* Ronan discuss the film with the audience. This was cooler than all the interviewing I did in college, mostly because of the element of surprise. The film is absolutely breathtaking. I loved the story, if not always the occasionally soupy writing, when I read the book and I have been looking forward to the film since I finished it. I was correct in my assumption that I would SOB LIKE A BABY at the end, doing so unabashedly but trying to pull it together before James McEvoy seated himself mere feet from me. Because obviously, that would have ruined everything!
*Pronounced Sore-sha. I couldn't figure it out either.