Michael Jackson's "This Is It" plays like a fascinating special features companion DVD for a movie that doesn't exist. Like every Michael Jackson performance, it leaves its audiences wanting more, just not in a way he would ever have intended.
But that didn't matter to the dozens of celebrities, such as Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul and Paris Hilton who braved the blustery winds, the screaming fans and more than 100 media crews at the Nokia Theater, who all wanted to be the first to see video of the King of Pop in the months before he passed away.
"I'm sitting in the nokia theater in awe of the "this is it" movie! So many emotions are coming up For me I can't believe He's Gone BRILLIANT," Abdul tweeted.
Before the show, Jackson brothers Marlon, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie worked the carpet as a unit, remembering Michael Jackson together.
"I miss him with all my heart," said Jermaine Jackson, who was decked in a regal, bright-blue jacket and shades. "But I know his music will live on forever."
"American Idol's" Adam Lambert and David Cook, JC Chasez, "High School Musical" cast members, Mickey Rooney, Motown's Barry Gordy and a number of other celebrities also made appearances at the premiere.
"Michael Jackson was more than a singer," retired boxer Sugar Ray Leonard said. "He was more than an entertainer. Michael Jackson was special. I'm here paying tribute."
Actor Marlon Wayans, who brought his son, said, "To me and my family, Michael Jackson -- actually his entire family -- for us they were the inspiration that made the Wayans the Wayans. We loved them."
As much as the evening was about big names, it was also about giving some lesser-known talents a chance to celebrate their boss.
"This Is It" backup dancer Mischa Gabriel re-enacted Michael's trademark moves -- the moon walk and crotch grab -- as he made his way down the red carpet. "He was truly my idol," Gabriel said. "And the world will really be in pure shock and amazement when they see firsthand how great this man really was."
Ken Stacey, a background singer in the film, said, "It was an extraordinary life-changing experience to be on the stage with one of the finest, most extraordinary singers we've ever seen in pop music."
Contrary to rumors, Stacey said, Michael Jackson was in good health. "I can tell you right now, being there for 2½ months, six days a week, 12 hours a day, this was a man who was strong and getting stronger all the time."
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who produced Jackson's last album, said it was a shame to lose such a creative genius so soon.
"He was just getting started," he said. "He really looked at this as a long path for a new beginning. But look at this turnout for him. We're here to celebrate him."
The fans, decked out in silver sequined gloves and singing Jackson songs, agreed.
"We never got backstage passes before," said superfan Pat Taylor, who was flanked by eight of her family members. "So that makes being here the greatest thing in the world."
"This is it," she said as a handful of others chanted "We love Michael" behind her.
The film premiered in 34 countries, 16 of them taking place simultaneously.