Tolkien (2019)


“I can die in any way the fates choose, that’s not up to me. But what is within my power is to decide how I live. Courageously or timidly.” – Robert Gilson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of one of the most famous fantasy writers as he faces challenges in life, love and friendship during the early part of the 20th century.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since I first heard about it last year.

I have been a fan of the fantasy tales of J.R.R. Tolkien ever since I was a kid and was always quite curious about the man behind these incredible stories.

Unfortunately, this film squanders its potential and gives us a pretty disappointing biopic instead of one filled with captivating information about its central character.

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the written works of Tolkien, but his personal life has always bee shrouded in mystery.

This film could have given us so much more about his life yet instead only manages to scratch the surface of things when showing the days of his youth and his university years.

There are lots of themes that are apparent in his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that pop up here and give us some kind of explanation as to how they are connected to his life, yet something constantly feels missing the entire way through that might have made the story presented here much more interesting and intriguing to absorb.

This is a pity since they had a grand opportunity to explore the life of this amazing storyteller on a much deeper level and missed their chance.

Going down that road might have actually made this movie so much more enjoyable both for fans of Tolkien and for those waiting to discover the works that he wrote that changed the face of the world.

Bottom Line – Somewhat disappointing biopic since it has so much more potential than is actuated here.  So many people are familiar with the written works of Tolkien, but not enough is known about his personal life and this film only manages to scratch the surface of the events of the early days of his life. Numerous themes from his works of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings resonate within the themes of this movie yet something constantly feels missing that would have helped make this story so much more interesting and intriguing to take in.  This is all quite a shame because had they been able to explore the life of this extraordinary storyteller on a deeper level, it could have been so much more enjoyable to watch this story unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A member of the TCBS chastises Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold,’ saying it shouldn’t take six hours to tell a story about a ring. Of course, the film adaptations of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings would clock in at over seven hours and nine hours, respectively. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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