Director: Dome Karukoski
2019, 111 minutes, PG-13
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.
“Tolkien casts a delicate spell: it’s not difficult to imagine some viewers proving utterly impervious to its peculiar magic. But some others will be enchanted and even transported by its charms.” – Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader