More About Tolkien
Based on the life of high fantasy author J.R.R Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), this biographical drama recounts the stages of Tolkien's life. From young orphan to schoolboy within an artistic group of friends, Tolkien navigates love with Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), loss with his traumatic serving as second lieutenant in WW1, and literary success after the war. Authoring The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien found his literary voice later in life after a lifelong passion for make believe. Directed by Dome Karukoski, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.
Main Cast & Crew
Dome Karukoski - Director
"TOLKIEN is the rare film where watching a bookish undergrad change his major packs a bigger visceral thrill than scenes of battlefield carnage..." - 05/03/2019 Variety
"[A] fastidious, keen-minded look at the tumultuous youth of the author of THE HOBBIT..." - 05/03/2019 Hollywood Reporter
3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ithin this linear life story are cross-cut harrowing scenes from Tolkien’s brutal experiences on the battlefields of the Somme during World War I. This is where Karukoski’s film particularly impresses, raging flames transforming into dragons and monsters, death never more than moments away." - 04/30/2019 Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts earnestness and idealism are refreshing." - 05/02/2019 The Guardian