WHAT'S IT ABOUT

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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  1. Amy Currie June 4, 2019

    I'll open with a very important disclaimer: I am not a Tolkien enthusiast. I mean, I know the basics. It's hard not to - the man is synonymous with a whole genre, and has a massive impact on popular culture to this day. It's likely this film contains many, many small references that I missed, and Tolkien fans may well find them delightful.

    Taken solely as a biopic, however, this retelling of his early life tends to plod. Themes of brotherhood, bravery and rings are constantly and unsubtly shoehorned in, and Tolkien himself - no doubt a fascinating character - is written, rather boringly, as a nice young man who tries his best. Meh.

    Two and a half stars (Three and a half for Tolkien fans).

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