Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t hit the states until Dec 14th, but it’s already gettin’ some good and not so good buzz.

A red carpet premier was held in New Zealand last night. Like with most premiers, press and other attendees are supposed to, per studio embargo,  remain hush on what they’ve seen and heard. Because (gawd forbid) a film is received negatively and media starts blabbing before its nation wide release… oh how detrimental that could be.

Anyway, a number of celebrities and press are testing the limits of the word “embargo”, as praises and snickers have made their way across the net.

The New York Daily News published the first review. Well quasi review, really. They managed to say enough without pissing off Warner Bros.

Their publication explicitly says that the 48 frames per second resolution works (“…after a minute or two of adjusting, the higher resolution is eye-popping, similar to discovering HD television for the first time”) and that the film is “lighter and funnier than its Lord of the Rings predecessors.”

They also made a statement that will tickle the neck hairs of Hobbit fans everywhere:

Like all unexpected journeys, there are a few pitfalls along the way, most notably the tangential subplot surrounding bumbling wizard Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), whose buffoonery at times descends into Jar Jar Binks territory.

Oh, fuck the New York Times! It’s not like they’re the New York Times or anything. Oh wait… they are! OK, I’m a little worried about this one. Guess I’m just going to have to judge for myself.

In addition to this “review” (*insert Dr. Evil’s hand quotation*), there are some good vibrations via the Twitterverse. Biggest comment comes from director Bryan Singer:

Here are some more Twitter reactions, as collected by The Guardian:

Alright, fairly good comments so far. These next 14 days are going to bleed by. I wanna see The Hobbit now. Right NAO!

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