Released on: 2019
If you search the internet, you will find a large number of negative reviews about this movie. I also read the other reviews before watching it and was not expecting it to be that good. However, I found it exceptionally good.I have no idea why this movie has such bad reviews, infact, it’s one of the best movies I have seen in the recent time!
It shows the strength of friendship and is very moving. I also found this a very aesthetically pleasing one. It is full of values that should be instilled today. Friendship, devotion, dedication, love and overcoming what life throws at you.
Raised by a single mother, Tolkien went through many circumstances that might have broken others. His mother was very supportive and loving, filling his mind with stories of adventure and mystery which she recites by the fireplace at night. Tolkien used to visualize them & sketch them in his notebook. Unfortunately, his mother becomes ill, and one day upon returning home from school, Tolkien finds her slumped in her chair, dead. In spite of all these hardships, he persevered in school, friendship and love. At one stage of his life, Tolkien realizes his true passion for language.
I was intrigued how the director of this film was able to show Tolkien’s childhood, and the one place that would forever influence his writing. Torn from his home, Tolkien faces adversity over and over again and triumphs by gaining friends, who become as close as brothers. I enjoyed watching him grow up, find love, heartbreak, and then his journey into a nightmare that was probably the seeds for future use in his writing.
Beautifully acted and set against the backdrop of World War 1, the sense of loss and the traumatic reality of what war has come across in such depth. I loved the focus on language and the weight it can carry. It made me feel that words are their own right living creatures. It is not a movie, it is a vision. It is not about events, it is about poetry and music. It is not about fact or reality, it is about “The middle earth” where fact and reality became together as a vision. This is one of the few films that has not just entered my brain but is also in my heart.
Both Nicholas Hoult (portraying Tolkien) and Lily Collins as Edith, are captivating as the leads in this beautiful film directed by Dome Karukoski. I would highly recommend this film and hope you find it as wonderful as I did.
- Farhana Yasmin/Intern-YSSE