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Post by azriel on Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:05 pm

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Has anyone seen this film yet ? I watched it this evening & I feel kinda funny ? I feel Im in a poignant yet peaceful state. I did wonder at Nicholas Hoult playing Tolkien but it went well, & as the film progressed it gelled nicely.
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It covered his years as a young man in Oxford & the first set of chums he made. How he met Edith, going to war tho it didn't delve deeply into that episode. It didn't show you his later friendship with the "Inklings" but we do see him married with 3 boys & apparently Christopher was so named after one of Tolkien's friends. I did like the ending where he whispered the name of the story he was due to write. Maybe its the rose coloured glasses mood the film put me in & later on I might see things differently ?
I thought it rolled along at a good pace, the music was not over powering & left the story to tell itself. I didn't dislike any of the characters, which is a bloody miracle ! I will watch it again. If anyone here hasn't seen it I suggest you give it a go. In a way I was glad it didn't go really deep into certain things as at the pace it did go at made me feel I was a part of it, that "from the outside in" feeling.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:12 am

I saw it back when it came out actually, although I didn't get around to reviewing it I don't think.

I too enjoyed all the characters. Edith was a little lackluster, but the camaraderie between the members of the TCBS and the eight actors cast in those roles were both excellent. I could have done without the obvious Sam references in the trenches, a tad on the nose; and I believe there were some liberties taken with timelines. (Tolkien married Edith in 1916, before he went over to France, but the film has him getting married after returning from the Front.)

Yeah, apparently named after Christopher Wiseman.

I read Tolkien and the Great War right before I saw this movie, and I felt that it both prepared me against any Hollywoodisms that showed up in the movie, as well as giving me a great appreciation for the tonality that the film got right. Overall it's a solid picture, certainly the best non-Lord of the Rings movie I've seen that has to do with Tolkien.

But yes, the general likeableness of the characters stood out to me too. The children were all well cast (David Tennant's son is in there in the mix) and Derek Jacobi is lovely as a professor of language.


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Post by chris63 on Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:55 am

I liked it. Thought it might have shown his Oxford days, but i guess we had seen his gang of four (TCBS). Pointless showing his adult gang of four. Not pointless, but a repeat of what we had just watched.

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Post by azriel on Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:01 am

I doubted Nicholas Hoult because of his baby face ! Smile I know that sounds silly but, he needed to age a bit & Nicholas has a young face that will probably stay young looking at 60.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:19 am

They don't look very similar at all, but it's not as though Tolkien had an old face at 24 or whatever.

Nicholas could have used a moustache, perhaps.

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