Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
June Diane Raphael
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.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
The diagetic music heard in the officer club is Dixieland Jass Band One-Step, one of the earliest jazz tunes recorded in 1917. This is surely an anachronism See more »
The professor uses the discredited translation of "foolhardy" for Tolkien's last name. Actually the Tolkien name means "son/descendant of Tolk", although Tolkien himself believed the former throughout his life. See more »
I can die in any way the fates choose, that's not up to me. But what is within my power is to decide how I live. Courageously or timidly.
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A story as romantic as biographical of the first three decades of J.R.R. Tolkien, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: his childhood and adolescence just before the first world war and his decisive encounters (Edith Bratt who will become his wife, the professor Joseph Wright who will turn his mentor and help him to to enter to the University of Oxford, and his friends with whom he will form a brotherhood, or even a fellowship).
The analogies with his novels are obvious: the Ringwraiths a.k.a. the Nazg?l between the German trenches of the Bay of the Somme, or even Sauron on his black horse and his huge sword. The film portrays also the manifold sources of inspiration such as Nordic cultures / languages or operas like Der Ring des Nibelungen composed by Richard Wagner.
The photography, the Computer-Generated Imagery and the costumes are excellent. The movie reflects reality more or less closely (the audience shall then dissociate the real from the fantasy) but is globally poetic. 6/7 of 10.
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