Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: May 10, 2019
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TVJerryMay 13, 2019
Does anyone really want to see a biopic about famed author J.R.R. Tolkien? From the almost empty theatre last nite, apparently not. This narrative is a relatively straightforward and decidedly unoriginal approach to the genre, starting withDoes anyone really want to see a biopic about famed author J.R.R. Tolkien? From the almost empty theatre last nite, apparently not. This narrative is a relatively straightforward and decidedly unoriginal approach to the genre, starting with his boyhood, tracking him thru WWI, including the love of his life and ending with his first words of "The Hobbit." Nicholas Hoult does fine in the title role, but the leaden direction and uninspired writing don't add much "life" to his life. His experiences weren't that extraordinary and this film offers no real reason to care. Expand
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GinaKMay 13, 2019
An uninspired bio-pic about JRR Tolkein that provides all the facts in pleasant detail without shedding any light on Tolkein’s genius for creating myths that caught the popular imagination and inspired some brilliant films by director PeterAn uninspired bio-pic about JRR Tolkein that provides all the facts in pleasant detail without shedding any light on Tolkein’s genius for creating myths that caught the popular imagination and inspired some brilliant films by director Peter Jackson. So, in this sense, the movie was a total failure. On the other hand, the actors were excellent, especially Nicholas Hytner, who was very likable, if not particularly witty or charming or driven. His Tolkein spent very little time actually writing (consider the hundreds of pages JRRT supposedly generated) or thinking about his characters. He is shown in the trenches during the First World War, but he seemed to have spent almost the entire time in a quiet corner with Trench Fever. It was hard to believe he wrote anything, especially inspired novels. For me, the fault was with the script since the cinematography was beautiful, all the actors were excellent, and the direction told the story pleasantly and efficiently. This film should have been a lot more interesting than it was. Expand
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JLuis_001May 16, 2019
A period biographical drama made under all the rules of the book which makes it pretty basic and devoid of more interesting stuff.
And in spite of having a very decent quality in its manufacture and the solid performances of the cast, there's
A period biographical drama made under all the rules of the book which makes it pretty basic and devoid of more interesting stuff.
And in spite of having a very decent quality in its manufacture and the solid performances of the cast, there's really nothing special about it.

In part, it's a problem because I personally love Tolkien's books but his personal story? Not really, therefore adding the elements this film was completely insubstantial.
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