The first instalment of The Hobbit has premiered, and while reviews of the film are still under embargo, that did not stop many who viewed it from taking to Twitter to voice their opinions.
Thousands lined the streets yesterday to see the stars as they walked the 500m down the red carpet to the Embassy Theatre for the world premiere.
Along with those who attended last night's event, a select group of media were able to watch ahead of the premier on the strict condition no reviews would be written until it had premiered in the United States.
A satisfied audience however, took to Twitter without giving anything away to voice their enjoyment.
Hollywood director Bryan Singer said: "Just saw #Hobbit. Having some serious frame rate envy. Amazing and involving. Loved it! And @ianmckellen118, my friend, you are brilliant!"
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce called the movie "masterful".
"Really enjoyed #Hobbit Unexpected Journey world premiere. Masterful movie. Congrats Sir Peter Jackson et al. Privilege 2 be there #HobbitNZ."
Wellington blogger Kylie Klein Nixon called it "everything I could have hoped for", and also tweeted a picture from inside the Embassy of the audience giving Sir Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh a standing ovation at the end.
Another Wellingtonian, Carter Nixon, said "I just saw and enjoyed the shit out of The Hobbit. It's great."
Although many also took to Twitter to ask about details of the film from those who saw it, the lucky few remained tight-lipped on the film - opting to stay vague until December 5.
- The Dominion Post
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