Last night (which of course was day on the other side of the world), the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took place in Wellington, New Zealand. Large chunks of the city were turned into Middle Earth for the event, in appreciation of the boost all things Lord Of The Rings have given to the country since Peter Jackson first decided to shoot the movie in his home nation over a decade ago.
Of course The Hobbit movies returned to New Zealand and much of the cast was in Wellington for the premiere, and you can see what they have to say in this highlights video.
The screening has led to rave reviews, suggesting that Jackson is onto another winner, and there’s also been praise for the decision to use a higher frame rate. While some criticised it when footage was shown at Comic Con, saying that while the 3D was better the look was too sharp, those at the premiere were duly impressed. Director Bryan Singer, who also saw the movie last night, admitted to having frame rate envy.
The movie hits cinemas on December 13th, when we’ll be able to see whether the premiere audience was right.