Having not read the book, I was looking forward to seeing this movie. I read all LOTR but never got around to reading the Hobbit. I am glad to see such a good actor to play young Bilbo Baggins and to see some of the familiar characters from LOTR. The movie really inspires me to get the book and read it to follow the rest of the triology movie series. LOTR was a very different kind of story. The Hobbit is just a different kind of story worth paying admission. I really like Tolkien and enjoyed the LOTR series so much I bought all of the movies. If you are a Tolkien fan, definitely give this first movie a fair chance. Special effects are awesome.