Tolkien (2019) - Biography, Drama, War

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The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 12 out of 78 found boring (15.38%)

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Overall very enjoyable film.

It's a bit slow at times and much like his books, it has a bit of everything - drama, romance and hardships all underpinned by a strong fellowship and iconic period setting.

As for me, I wish that they had drawn more material from Tolkien's experiences during World War I-- especially if his non-military life was so boring.

There is a very sluggish and drawn out scene during which of the characters confronts his father in a very passive way (yawn).

If you are a big fan of Tolkien's books and are eager to learn about the man himself, I'm afraid this movie is not going to be very informative, or enjoyable for that matter.

Engaging Biopic .

More than just an origin story, more than just a romance, it's the beginning of a really engaging fairy tale.

Robbie K here to craft another review as he takes on:Movie: Tolkien (2019) Director: Dome Karukoski Writers: David Gleeson, Stephen Beresford Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm MeaneyLIKES:Acting Graphics Music Beauty Symbolism Picking Out ThingsSUMMARY: A biopic such as this requires engaging performances to bring the legendary figures to life and fortunately this movie has brought it's cast together to form its own fellowship.

It's that element that adds a level of fun to the movie for the fans like me to help offset some of the slower parts to the film.

Beautiful and boring at the same time .

If you think that people tossing sugar cubes at random strangers' hats is subversive and entertaining, you might love this film.

Yet, even though I felt the film has certain areas for improvement, it still does deliver on what you wanted, and enjoyable so.

The fact that the ending is predictable makes the constant circling around the obvious ending a little tiresome given the pacing.

Enjoyable escapism .

The film itself is at times slow, but then at times rather enjoyable.

DISLIKES:Slow A Little Too Artistic Predictable Story A little disjointed Perhaps Over Dramatized Not Quite the Quest I envisioned.

Reminding me a bit of the 2017 film 'Goodbye Christopher Robin', which treads similar ground about another famous author, 'Tolkien' lack's that films' cohesiveness and strong characterisations but it is still a story that is worth watching.

PROS:Nicholas Hoult's Lead Performances As TolkienLily Collin's Supporting RoleDome Karukoski's Strong DirectingGreat CinematographyThe Main Romance Was Well DoneBlurring Of Fantasy And RealityCONS:The Frustating Plot StructureThe Third Act Is RushedThe Weak ScreenplayThe PacingThe Story Is Predictable

I guess that there is something remarkable about a biopic that seems fictionalized yet is profoundly boring.

Beautiful cinematographyNicholas Hoult and Lily Collins are engaging leads.

What I thought was frustrating but perhaps because it was equally uneventful the film stopped before the Hobbit and LOTR was written so we had no insight into his creative process.

It's mundane with mundane performances.

They were standard Hollywood cliché scenes with manufactured drama.

Directed by Dome Karukoski from a screenplay by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, Tolkien is an engaging account of the earlier life of the scholar and author.

Ultimately though its easy to get bored with the life and friendship of Tolkien and his mates.

but some people find these things boring.

It plays out like a standard coming of age tale, abet a more artistic one.

Hoult's monotone line delivery sticks out like a sore thumb, so when his co-stars Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney come onscreen, their already strong performances are elevated even further because of how flat Hoult is.

A Well-Rendered But Predictable Bio-Pic .

It's boring, plainly put.

The friendships between Tolkien, his friends, his professors and his love interest are engaging and life-like.

IN BRIEF: A beautifully realized, if contrived, biography of one of the most lauded fantasy writer of the 20th century.

It's long a boring and did not capture my imagination as my mind wonders from boredom.

Worth watching for the cinematography .


Strong Performances, Great Cinematography And A Predictable Biopic .

JIM'S REVIEW: As a character states midway in Dome Karukoski's visually stunning bio-pic, a word without meaning is just a sound.

It seems to me the Tolkien's life was so uneventful there really was insufficient to make this movie.

The first half of the movie was quite dull and slow.

The erotic undercurrents are fascinating, a masterful setpiece that is given the time it needs to develop.

Personally I found it enjoyable and didn't mind the heavy visual links with LOTR imagery.

They even made time jumps and WWI action seem rather dull.

Beautifully acted by the cast, you felt immersed in Tolkien's journey with his friends and the love of his life.

SUMMARY: My fellow reviewers are right in the terms that Tolkien may be a bit boring for the common audience member and much of this has to do with the very thing that makes it beautiful, the artistic presentation.

I emjoyed this movie very much it was very informative and entertaining at the same time i made a few connections during the movie.

And whilst at times the film feels slightly bogged down with the human drama, it redeems itself in some visually stunning scenes of life on the front line in WW1, intercut with the academic starchiness and order of life at Oxford as a student.

Instead the disjointed moments are sort of skipped, tied together in his memories as he goes through the war, are a little too nonlinear causing a semi-coherent story about how he came up with work.

Spend a couple of hours immersed in this film and you'll come out inspired.

Yet the biggest dislikes have to involve the missing that movie magic that makes the entertainment factor for the movies some of the most enjoyable.

Smart, Dry, Profoundly Boring .

Moving and engaging film, great locations, fine acting and fine directing.

This film is worth watching if you are a fan of his books.

So please, make a consideration to see this film if you wish to step into something slower paced and a break away from the Hollywood heavy-hitters, and surround yourself in a film that is a breathe of fresh air in the industry.

It embraces contrived situations in its non-linear storytelling and over-romanticizes the author's own legend.

The theming and set was also beautiful and I wouldn't say at any point was I bored, in fact it is a very gripping film.

Plusses: engaging, if a times a tad slow, story telling; strong acting, even the teens, and Derek Jacobi delivers another fine performance; beautiful photography; attention to detail in costumes and sets.

This film has everything - it's a war film, a biopic, a love story and an intriguing period piece about a fascinating time in history.

How fascinating..........

I kinda felt this movie was trying to tell is the story of Tolkien as it he was Fordo sort of, and the problem with that is that he's not Fordo, so the story telling I found boring.

He is incredibly bland, emotionless, one-note, tired and overall flat as J.

Anyone who thinks this movie is "too slow moving" is missing the point.

Not without flaws, but what film is, it seems to be getting criticism unfairly, it's entertaining, and opens you mind to language.