Tolkien 15

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DIRECTOR Dome Karukoski
CAST Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris

Nicholas Hoult stars as the creator of the Lord of the Rings in this lavish biopic about his early years at school and as a young man in the First World War.

Bilbo Baggins is familiar to many, but not as well-known is his creator – enigmatic polyglot JRR Tolkien. In this lavish biopic, we witness the early years of the orphaned Tolkien (played handsomely by Hoult) as he finds his place amongst an outcast group of like-minded boys at school, falls in love with the woman who would go on to be his wife and muse (Collins), and endures the horrors of the First World War. Interspersed with scenes imagined from his own writing, this feature is nothing but fantastic.
(2019 USA 112 mins) 

If it has taken liberties with its subject’s life, it has done so in order to make the film richer. Tolkien’s main dilemma is whether to concentrate on his studies at Oxford or to marry Edith. Father Francis refuses to allow him to do both. On its own, this wouldn’t make much of a story but the flashback structure and the continual shots of him during the Battle of the Somme add an extra layer of drama and pathos … this is a sympathetic and sensitive portrait of the novelist as a young man, evolving his creative vision. If you want to know where Bilbo Baggins came from, this is a good place to start.  Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

BBFC advice: Contains moderate war violence
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