I had really been looking forward to the Tolkien movie. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favourite authors. Tolkien has a great story to be told, with his brilliant mind and military experience that shaped his writings.
I thought Nicholas Hoult did a good job of portraying Tolkien. I was pleased by his performance.
The core of the movie is the founding of the fellowship. Not the Fellowship of the Ring but the T.C.B.S. (Tea Club, Barrovian Society) a group of friends that are almost brothers. Intertwined with this is romance with Edyth Bratt.
There was some criticism for the lack of portrayal of Tolkien’s Christian faith. While there were opportunities to include it with his conversations with Father Francis Morgan, over all I wasn’t too bothered.
How was the movie?
It was good but not great. It seemed to move pretty slow at times. I also found the attempts to connect his war experience with his fantasy writings (Germans with flamethrowers turning into dragons) a little over the top. It is true that these experiences shaped Tolkien but the connection felt forced.
I’m glad that I watched Tolkien but I also hope that a better Tolkien movie is in the future. Perhaps one dealing with the Inklings?