audience Reviews

, 71% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Tolkien inspirations are well demonstrated in his life story of the film. A sort of poetic adventure and apparently a unique love. Great special effects. Great love and frienship story.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Tolkien (2019), directed by Dome Karukoski, is a period drama that dramatizes the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien to the moment he begins to pick up the pen and write his celebrated fantasy novel, The Hobbit. Tolkien is a compelling story, beautifully shot and edited, and superbly acted by a wonderful cast of actors that give it a depth and richness. The film is set against one of the World's darkness periods, World War I, and follows a non-linear narrative of Tolkien's life moving from his military service on the front lines in France to flashbacks of his early life and his impecunious circumstances to his schooling at King Edward's School in Birmingham. When at school, Tolkien reluctantly befriends some snobbish boys and is pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The friendship of the four boys grows by leaps and bounds, and they go on to form a semi-secret society which they call the T.C.B.S. The teen actors are phenomenal in the film and make the film with their superb acting. They are wonderful to watch and the film beautifully captures the camaraderie, the banter, the sense of humor, and fellowship they share. The camaraderie continues and follows them into adulthood which is a running motif in the narrative of the film. Their unwavering commitment and allegiance to one another is deeply moving and it draws you into the narrative of the film and the world of Tolkien. The film begins with a delirious and weakened Tolkien suffering from trench fever who is desperately looking to find his friend Geoffrey on the front lines during the battle of The Somme, in France during the first World War. The film is situated within a historical context juxtaposing Tolkien's reality and his fantasy life and his experiences which have an influence on his fantasy writing. Some of the most disturbing scenes in the film are the scenes of the re-enactments of war which reminded me of the folly and futility of war. One of the saddest scenes is seeing a young Tolkien discover his mother has passed. Some of the most tender scenes include his relationship with Edith Bratt, and his meeting with Geoffrey's mother at the Tea Shop to discuss the publication of Geoffrey's poems. The film will tug at your emotions so, be prepared and bring some tissue with you. The director has woven together many visual elements to make a remarkable film that celebrates the author. The film's imagery not only captivates but stretches the imagination and references the imagery found in the fantasy writing of the author. The juxtaposition of the real and surreal is visually stunning. The film is not all dark and somber but has many comedic moments which provide cathartic release against the misery and drama of his life. Tolkien is a film that awes and inspires, and which beautifully depicts the humanity and brilliance of the author. It is a wonderful film that is made up of a stellar cast where each of the main characters shine and show us their acting chops. It features Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, and Derek Jacobi. It's a must see for anyone who is a fan of his writing or anyone who loves period pieces, or biopics or dramas but it's a film for anyone really since it's beautifully crafted, shot and edited and it has so much to offer the viewer. There are many reasons to appreciate this film not only for its meaningful story line and insight into one of the most celebrated fantasy writers of all time. If you are a fan of the handsome Nicholas Hoult, then you'll enjoy him in his performance of Tolkien. I found it a poignant film that speaks to the heart and celebrates the bonds of brotherhood that transcend classism and the dimension of time.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    It feels like this movie had potential, as it boasted some good performances and visual creativity, but honestly, I struggle to think of a movie in recent years that was blander and more boring than this. I really wish I didn't feel this way, as a massive Lord of the Rings fan, but I just couldn't enjoy this movie. It was too much of a boring slog to get through, given that Tolkien seemed to have such an interesting life. It feels like this movie could've been really interesting, but it was just too slow and lacking in dramatic tension to hold my interest.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    La película es excepcional, emotiva y fácil de ver, te lleva a compartir los sentimientos de los actores en cada momento, y los detalles del universo de Tolkien entretejidos en las imágenes de una forma a veces sutil y a veces directa, te llevan a ver las referencias de las viviencias de la época reflejadas en la obra del autor. Muy recomendable
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    If It Weren't For A Perfectly Timed Musical Score By Thomas Newman, There'd Be Not So Much To Celebrate Here. The Acting Was A-Typical, Nothing To Rave About & The Story A Little Converluted In A Post LOTR Cash-Grab Bio-Pic Story. Pays Homage To Peter Jacksons Brilliance Of Work, But That's About It..
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A good, small-scale story on the inspiration behind the Lord of the Rings saga. J.R.R. Tolkien really adored his friends (at least according to this movie) and that became the basis for his future "Fellowship of the Ring." Good performances by Hoult and Collins. Great cinematography for the WWI shots. Moving emotional story all-around.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    "Tolkien" has a great and powerful story, with good acting and action throughout. The biography itself is pretty accurate, and film is an enjoyable enough experience to watch. However, where the movie really lacks is that it doesn't bring much new to the table, and the story is basically something that many people who are already a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien would know. Still, this was a pretty good watch, and though it was not the best biography film ever made, it was still a very good one to watch.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Although somewhat disappointing at the beginning, it picked up and when Derek Jacobi entered the picture, it became much better (he makes any film better!). The ending was very good, but overall, although worth a watch, a film about Tolein should have been so much better, and it was not for lack of acting talent. The screenplay lacked the "magic" that it talks about.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I didn't mind watching this as a sort of visual elaboration on Tolkien's upbringing, but by the time I watched it I had read through the author's Wikipedia page at least twice and found the majority of the information here redundant. I was hoping that the insight they provided into his thinking process and inspirations would somehow come off as more magical and less mundane than it really was. There are excerpts from letters he wrote to friends on his Wiki page that reveal he was eloquent and thoughtful, but Hoult doesn't really portray him that way in the movie outside of one or two carefully-written scenes with the cellar door and all that. They did a good job on the period trappings and the depiction of WWI for what little budget they had, but overall this was one of the less-interesting biopics I've ever seen.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    I really really enjoyed the romance is this film.