Even in death, Michael Jackson looks poised to break records. With online ticket retailers swamped and lines snaking through theater lobbies and down city blocks, moviegoers geared up for the much anticipated 'This Is It,' a record of MJ's final days as he rehearsed the titular concert spectacle that would never be.

Between the film's limited two-week run and a legion of devoted fans still grieving his sudden death four months ago, curiosity has been high about the two-hour documentary, in which MJ performs some of his most beloved songs, as well as new material set to signature dance moves.

Given that Sony Pictures has already recouped its initial $60M investment in advance ticket sales and that the film earned early critical praise after a 12-minute preview last week, it's time to ask: Does 'This is It' live up to the hype as well as honor Jackson's memory? Even in death, Michael Jackson looks poised to break records. With online ticket retailers swamped and lines snaking through theater lobbies and down city blocks, moviegoers geared up for the much anticipated 'This Is It,' a record of MJ's final days as he rehearsed the titular concert spectacle that would never be.

Between the film's limited two-week run and a legion of devoted fans still grieving his sudden death four months ago, curiosity has been high about the two-hour documentary, in which MJ performs some of his most beloved songs, as well as new material set to signature dance moves.

Given that Sony Pictures has already recouped its initial $60M investment in advance ticket sales and that the film earned early critical praise after a 12-minute preview last week, it's time to ask: Does 'This is It' live up to the hype as well as honor Jackson's memory?

One fan who attended the premiere reported, "This movie reminds you why Michael Jackson was the King of Pop. And double bonus: 'Thriller' in 3D!"

And once the first screenings began to let out, Twitter was a-flutter with first reactions:

@Shaheemab Am now - for possibly the first time - in awe of Michael Jackson's professionalism after watching #Thisisit.

@ItsMeLMG After seeing This Is It I see why ppl u 2 pass out @ his concerts. I'm sad I will never get 2 see him in concert

@grahamorama This Is It is a loving tribute to MJ as a performer and musician. It shows him on his game, but elephants in the room remain unaddressed.

@MiikoMentz Brilliant, beautiful, poetic and moving. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

@WillSloanEsq Spent the evening at Michael Jackson's This Is It. Dare I say that this sloppy, vaguely sleazy film is his perfect epigraph for Mr. Tabloid?

@Anele Michael Jackson just reminded me that there are no rehearsals in life, it is all real.

@NatiRedGals #thisisit was such an amazing movie its a must see! He still had it! Man was that a heart touching movie so freaking amazing!

@RyanSeacrest MJ movie is powerful the singing.. the dancing!! He was a perfectionist...and very funny.

@Arieviol5 Michael Jackson's: This is it is nothing more than a crappy special feature on a bonus DVD. Don't waste your money on it.

@garibaldiarts This Is It is completely worth seeing. Understand you are not watching a concert, but what it takes to make one. The true creative process

@thomasleupp
Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' was actually good. Amazing performances. Nothing ghoulish or grotesque, except for a few of his costumes.

@bretterlich Just saw the amazing and socially awkward Michael Jackson doc THIS IS IT, or as it could also be known, "SHOULD WE CLAP?"

@okjedi Incredible! This Is It was amazing and MJ still had it!

@Ashlei_KB THIS IS IT WAS AMAZING. Please make sure you stay until the last second, don't miss a thing. He was genius, he was funny, he was magic!

@PsychoWendall Michael Jackson... This is it was beautiful! No words can explain it!

@hamjat
This Is It = MJ way of saying bye to the world.

More tweets on #thisisit

And on Moviefone's user reviews page for 'This Is It':

CharMckel: The talent he had was amazing, Great film.

Bigdawwddy:
I saw greatness that has been lost forever. The movie made me happy and sad at the same time.

Adreamcomtrue: GREAT MOVIE!!! BEST DANCE MOVE!!! GONNA GO SEE IT AGAIN!!! CANT WAIT

Tell us: What did you think of 'This Is It'?

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