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Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, War | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... J.R.R. Tolkien
Al Bollands Al Bollands ... First Soldier
Kallum Tolkien Kallum Tolkien ... Second Soldier
Craig Roberts ... Private Sam Hodges
Harry Gilby ... J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
Colm Meaney ... Father Francis
Laura Donnelly ... Mabel Tolkien
Guillermo Bedward ... Hilary Tolkien (Young)
Nia Gwynne ... Bronwen
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Faulkner
Adrian Schiller ... English Master
Albie Marber Albie Marber ... Robert Gilson (Young)
Ty Tennant ... Christopher Wiseman (Young)
Adam Bregman Adam Bregman ... Geoffrey Smith (Young)
Tony Nash ... Mackintosh
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Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the "fellowship" apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tolkien See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,200,537, 12 May 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,535,154, 13 June 2019
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Trivia

Lily Collins once auditioned for the role of Tauriel that went to actress Evangeline Lilly in Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' films. See more »

Goofs

The professor uses the discredited translation of "foolhardy" for Tolkien's last name. Actually the Tolkien name means "son/descendant of Tolk", although Tolkien himself believed the former throughout his life. See more »

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It finished where I actually hoped it would start
4 May 2019 | by dream_of_angelSee all my reviews

I have no intention to degrade or under-appreciate the movie itself, it was good. It follows Tolkien education and formation, as well as his love life. I believe it was inspiring, especially when the four boys got together and studied together, it somehow pushed my consciousness to be more dedicated to studying or adopt an attitude of constant improvement.

However.. and perhaps this turns out to be a personal preference (or call it fantasy if you like), I was expecting more of the writing itself, the post publishing life, his years as a professor. I was expecting more of his research, of his dedication, of his world building, of his... but some people find these things boring. Perhaps LOTR fans will relate.

From this point of view, I would rate the movie 1/10, because the actual writing that happens takes two to three minutes of the movie, which is sad, but I still want to believe the movie was quite good and that it catches key moment of Tolkien life that had a certain impact on his inspiration and world crafting.

For me, it just ended unexpectedly where I actually hoped it would start. Looking forward for part 2. (cries in Elvish)


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