The Real Life Story of J. R. R. Tolkien, A Film Review

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Tolkien (2019)


"England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it." - Letterboxd


This hit home for me. I'm left with the following thoughts:

A strong structure in the script. Fabulous metaphors for all things The Hobbit.

Editing and photography were beautiful and elegant.

The character relationships were strong and inspired. But what changes does our Main character go through (besides the obviously tumultuous events of his life)? He seems to be a strong-spirited individual with the same moral and character compass from beginning to end.

War, as all events in his life, alter his path, but they have little impact on the way he approaches life or sees the world.

I think we look for strong character change to signify not only a change in direction (literal) but a change in approach, a REVELATION. Tolkien’s revelations stem from life circumstances that don't fundamentally alter this character.

This film was more of a deep dive into the EVENTS that inspired the great work of fantasy we all know and love, but I found myself more interested in the man himself. And that character analysis is where I believe this film falls short.

Despite these feelings, I'm impassioned to give a high rating. This was a movie that hit close to my heart. And I will defend my four stars with passion, emotion, and heart. Not with my head.


*Worth watching, fantasy, based on a real person, The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, true story

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