Five Reasons You’ll Love It - September 8, 2019

Tolkien - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Tolkien - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Biopics are complex beasts at the best of times, but when your subject is an author, someone who, by definition, spends hours and hours on their own scribbling away, it takes some doing to make it into a cinematic spectacle. 

Fortunately, the life of author J.R.R Tolkien, is one writer whose early life and wartime heroics are ripe for a biopic. 

Nicholas Hoult stars as Tolkien and the film charts his journey from the trenches of World War I to his life at Oxford University and his writing of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. 

Starring alongside Hoult are Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

Finnish director Dome Karukoski calls the shots, working from a script from David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. 

The film arrives on DVD on Monday (September 9th), but, back before it hit cinemas, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...


It's never boring...

As discussed above, biopics about authors have a tendency towards the tedious, but this film avoids that neatly. It's moving, light-touched and snappily written, if a little whimsical at times. 


And very moving...

In particular the scenes of World War I and Tolkien's enduring friendship with his childhood pals. 


The seeds of Tolkien's great work are subtly shown...

The inspiration for Tolkien's books are shown throughout the film, but woven into the story neatly. If you were worried it would be packed with shots of Hoult holding a ring in the palm of his hand, then rest easy, the callbacks are there, but never rammed down your throat.


It's beautifully shot...

The shot composition, the colours, the infusion of Tolkien's characters and ideas is constantly there, but never overwhelming. Dome Karukoski's direction is elegant and well-judged. 


Nicholas Hoult anchors the film superbly...

Hoult delivers a great performance here. He's sparky, charming and well-cast. 


Tolkien is released on Monday (September 9th) and can be pre-ordered here. 

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