I admit it. I'm a book geek. (As if you didn't know.) I may write romances and mainly read that genre, but I'm a fan of all kinds of books. Mystery, Thrillers, Horror, Sci-Fi, and of course, Fantasy. The classics are books I can read again and again.
One thing I adore is when they take a classic book and turn it into a movie. A GOOD movie. Not the grade Z movies that even the actors wish never existed. I'm talking about those movies that are so good, you consider they may be as good (almost) as the book itself.
Case in point for me were the LOTR movies. I loved them. Even though they didn't follow the book exactly, it was still an excellent storyline that made me lose myself in the fantasy. Awesome. And each one was that way. I think J. R. R. Tolkien would be proud.
So, as you can imagine, I am very excited about the new Tolkien movie coming out. The Hobbit was the first book I ever read from this author, and to this day I have a mental picture of the dragon, Smaug huddling over his illgotten treasure.
It's a great book, and I've seen several versions of the story, so I'm very curious as to how Peter Jackson has envisioned The Hobbit. I know he's picked some great actors, so I think it's going to be a thrilling movie over all.
Check out this trailer...
As you can see, AWESOME... I adore Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and of course you can't lose with Benedict Cumberbatch (Necromancer), Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel). My heart still goes pitty-pat when I think of Orlando Bloom as Legolis, and after watching two seasons of Sherlock, I'm half in love with Martin Freeman (Bilbo). A great cast, beyond wonderful storyline, and if the CG in the trailer is accurate, the graphics are going to be so realistic we'll be able to feel the heat of Smaug's breath.
But what about you? Are you looking forward to this movie? What is your favorite Tolkien book? Are you pleased or irritated they are breaking The Hobbit into two movies instead of one? Let us know in the comments below!