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: 15 out of 101 found boring (14.85%)

One-line Reviews (87)

It's bland.

Watching a portrayal of the man's early life and how he came to the idea of writing his biggest work "The Hobbit", sounds more exciting than it actually looks like.

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.

Smart, Dry, Profoundly Boring .

Great lead cast, very engaging throughout.

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

It's mundane with mundane performances.

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

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.

A Well-Rendered But Predictable Bio-Pic .

Engaging Biopic .

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.


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.

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

By telling the story in this way, the pace of the movie does slow down when they switch to a flashback.

It is exciting and conveys a strong tone that matches the film incredibly.

Enjoyable escapism .


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Strong Performances, Great Cinematography And A Predictable Biopic .

It really gave you an insight into what life was like for Tolkien, what he went through, and how he strived to bring something new and fascinating to the world.

Despite a solid premise, Tolkien ultimately struggles to elevate its intriguing subject matter above merely being another outcast author.

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.

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

Tolkien comes across as staid and dull.

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.

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

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

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

If Tolkien was a bit more romance and a lot less talking, maybe it wouldn't be this boring.

A boring experience.

It's boring, plainly put.

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

A problem with this film is that it jumps to much to the present and past Tolkien this became very annoying and boring in parts and parts of the film feel overly long such as the meetings Tolkien has with his friends.

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.

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 did move a little slowly and there were some scenes that were boring.

A wonderful film about a fascinating man.

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

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.

Ok so some things do happen, but everything seems to be too well polished and the sum total ends up being so feelgood that even some violent scenes are shows as fascinating and peachy.

This film is extremely entertaining for a biopic.

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.

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.

Entertaining and poetic .

We get to see boys sipping tea while creating daydreams, but these somewhat compelling characters (all due to the promising acting skills of Patrick Gibson, Anthony Boyle and Tom Glynn-Carney) seem wasted in the end when all three of them grow up and thus recast by an older group of actors.

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

The rest of the plot was enjoyable.

If you had to spend any time with the character as depicted in the film, you'd fall asleep in a minute.

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

Worth watching for the cinematography .

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.

In essence, this film is just plain boring.

They were standard Hollywood cliché scenes with manufactured drama.

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

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

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

Overall very enjoyable film.

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

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.

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

but some people find these things boring.

In addition to this, the pacing is painfully slow most of the time, showcasing some of the least interesting aspects of what inspired Tolkien to write his novels in the first place.

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

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

Beautiful and boring at the same time .

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.

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

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.

For the other half this can come across as somewhat predictable.

Beautiful cinematographyNicholas Hoult and Lily Collins are engaging leads.

Boring .

What a breath of fresh air about a real person, told in reality about real problems and fascinating real progress in the human spirit with real solutions by real people.