From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - directed by Peter Jackson - is an epic fantasy movie, the first installment of a three-part movie adaptation of the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings trilogy).
The Hobbit is set in Middle-earth 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings.
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum (Andy Serkis). Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.
The next two movies are The Desolation of Smaug, to be released in 2013; and There and Back Again, to be released in 2014.
I have never read the novel and I can't remember if I have watched all three The Lord of the Rings movies. That's how detached I was regarding pure fantasy movie / novel genre. Therefore, I watched The Hobbit with an unadulterated, child-like awe.
I'm basically in awe with my new-found knowledge about dwarves being fearsome warriors. I really like Thorin Oakenshield; I think he's the best-looking dwarf I have ever seen. I have always thought dwarves are genial, non-combative creatures like those in Disney's cartoons.
Smaug the dragon is nasty. The ethereal Elven race - Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) - are so beautiful. The Trolls, Wargs-riding Orcs, and Goblins are horrible, vile creatures. All in all, the Middle-earth is a very dangerous but adventurous place to live in.
Wow. You really shouldn't miss this movie!