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      Tolkien (2019)

      PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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      The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.


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      Cast overview, first billed only:
      Nicholas Hoult ... J.R.R. Tolkien
      Al Bollands Al Bollands ... First Soldier
      Kallum Tolkien Kallum Tolkien ... Second Soldier
      Craig Roberts ... Private Sam Hodges
      Harry Gilby ... J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
      Colm Meaney ... Father Francis
      Laura Donnelly ... Mabel Tolkien
      Guillermo Bedward ... Hilary Tolkien (Young)
      Nia Gwynne ... Bronwen
      Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Faulkner
      Adrian Schiller ... English Master
      Albie Marber Albie Marber ... Robert Gilson (Young)
      Ty Tennant ... Christopher Wiseman (Young)
      Adam Bregman Adam Bregman ... Geoffrey Smith (Young)
      Tony Nash ... Mackintosh


      Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the "fellowship" apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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      A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship

      Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

      Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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      Release Date:

      10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

      Also Known As:

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      Box Office


      $20,000,000 (estimated)

      Opening Weekend USA:

      $2,200,537, 12 May 2019

      Gross USA:


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      2.35 : 1
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      This is Lily Collins's second biographical drama to be released in the United Kingdom on May 3rd, 2019. The first was Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019). See more »


      The professor uses the discredited translation of "foolhardy" for Tolkien's last name. Actually the Tolkien name means "son/descendant of Tolk", although Tolkien himself believed the former throughout his life. See more »


      J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's Keen, sir.
      English Master: What?
      J.R.R. Tolkien (Young): It's pronounced Tolkeen, sir. Not Tol-Kine.
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      A well-intended, yet muddled look at the acclaimed author's legacy
      20 June 2019 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

      Tolkien is a biopic about the early life of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy/The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien. Starring Nicholas Hoult in the lead role, it is a well-intended, yet muddled look at the acclaimed author's legacy.

      As a young man, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) befriends a group of three outcasts at school who help him to find his place in the world and support him in his creative endeavours. Over time, John meets Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), a young pianist with whom he falls in love and becomes his muse. Eventually, however, World War I breaks out and John is sent off to fight in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme, separating him from some of his friends and the love of his life.

      Despite a solid premise, Tolkien ultimately struggles to elevate its intriguing subject matter above merely being another outcast author. The film chooses to omit important details about Tolkien, such as his strong Christian faith influencing his writings, instead opting for a more fantasy driven approach. In addition to this, the pacing is painfully slow most of the time, showcasing some of the least interesting aspects of what inspired Tolkien to write his novels in the first place. With that said, the film is at least nice to look at thanks to some creative cinematography during Tolkien's musings and Nicholas Hoult's well-acted performance in the title role. It's a shame that so much overall effort was put in to producing so little of interest.

      I rate it 6/10

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