My son and I went and saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the other night. Now keep in mind that I am a big fan of Peter Jackson and of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan (if you haven’t seen his Richard III, you should), and a bunch of other people in the movie. I thought the movie was very good and well worth seeing. It was also too long, overindulgent, a bit silly in parts. If you liked Lord of the Rings though, go see it. Otherwise, wait till it’s out on video.
One other thing that I noticed was that there were six previews before the movie and five of them were for space/science fiction movies. I remember when I was a kid and had to wait years between sci-fi flicks, so I love this. I’m really happy that sci-fi has come into it’s own, just as I was with fantasy. I remember when the only fantasy books in the bookstore were Lord of the Rings and Conan. Now, it’s half the (online) bookstore.