Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers
I found Bilbo to be a much more interesting character than either Frodo or Sam in the LotR films.
Ditto. A homebody safe and comfortable in his house, concerned about its looks and doilies, afraid to go out into the world and into adventure. Suddenly thrust to change his entire way of life and thinking. Good story.
Just because it's futuristic doesn't mean it's practical.