Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox for the chance to see ‘Tolkien’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Tolkien stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. The film is about the life of J.R Tolkien, the author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series. The film follows Tolkien from his early years to his time at Oxford to his experiences in World War One. The film examines how these events acted as inspiration for his world renowned book series.
The film succeeds in exploring themes of hardship, loss and friendship. Viewers can sympathise with the character of Tolkien an outsider from a poor family. The power of friendship is an important message throughout the film as the friends Tolkien made in school are present throughout his life.
Tolkien struggles to find a central focus. The film doesn’t give viewers a deep enough insight into the life of Tolkien and the ways his life inspired ‘The Lord of the Rings’. References to Lord of The Rings are scattered throughout the film through drawings and scenes from Tolkien’s imagination. In a film about JR Tolkien these references are not sufficient enough because viewers don’t gain any insight into the history of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
Tolkien has strong performances from both Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. The pair have a lovely chemistry onscreen and their love story although at times cliché is easy to watch.
If you are a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan don’t get your hopes up, with only a handful of references to the series it is easy to forget the film is about the life of its writer.
In cinemas now!