Pretty cool. I think this movie has the potential to be VERY FUN with hints of darkness and some allusions to the Lord of the Rings. Drinking, Dragons and Giant Spiders...this is the novel that predates and blows Harry Potter out of the water. I expect good things, and if this movie doesn't deliver than fuck it, it is still one of the coolest books I have ever read.
Edit: On a side note, The Hobbit is much less politically involved than LOTRs. Now, I say that as a casual fan....so I could be speaking out of my ass...but the Hobbit is a straight up adventure, while LOTRs is much more sharp with its overall grandeur. The point is The Hobbit should border on popcorn cinema, and evoke the most exciting parts of my childhood imagination.
(L-R) Jed Brophy as Nori, DEAN O’GORMAN as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, JAMES NESBITT as Bofur, PETER HAMBLETON as Gloin, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin Oakenshield (center), KEN STOTT as Balin, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, Adam Brown as Ori and AIDAN TURNER as Kili
Well, it's a teaser for a movie year away. And only the first half. Got trolls, and goblins, and wargs, and a dragon, and a bear-man, and Gollum, and giant spiders, and elves, and a battle to look forward to. Though not sure where the first will end off.