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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.
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Critics Consensus: Tolkien has the period trappings and strong performances of a worthy biopic, but lacks the imagination required to truly do its subject justice.
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Common Sense Says
Cautious biopic about LOTR author has intense war scenes.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tolkien is a biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. It includes intense war violence, with guns and shooting, exploding shells, a pile of dead bodies, a blood-colored pool of water, bloody wounds, a flamethrower, and a man on fire. Characters die. Kids fight, and a character is punched. Language is infrequent and mild but includes "ass" and "hell," plus some minor insults. A couple kisses, nude paintings are briefly shown, and there's a bit of sex talk. There's also some social drinking and pipe smoking, and characters get drunk -- the main character very much so, while in a state of anguish. While it's polite and has some nice moments, the movie spreads itself a bit thin, and doesn't spend as much time on the writing of the famous books as fans might hope.
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- Release Date:May 10, 2019
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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