Family Review: TOLKIEN is Simultaneously Fascinating and Boring

Tolkien

By Trina Boice

Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom

GRADE:  B

IN A NUTSHELL:  

I was excited to learn more about Tolkien and really hoped this movie would be good.   As an author of 29 books, I’m always fascinated to learn more about other authors. I loved learning some of the small details of Tolkien’s early life that influenced his work.  Personally, I couldn’t get through his Lord of the Rings books, but I devoured the films.

“Gentle” seems to be a word that critics have been tossing around with this movie.  What’s surprising is that, considering the incredible imagination of Tolkien himself, the movie is not very imaginative.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:

    • Kids will be bored out of their minds.

THEMES:

    • Not just friendship, but fellowship

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THINGS I LIKED:

    • Congratulations to director Dome Karukoski for working on his first movie in English.
    • Beautiful cinematography
    • Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins are engaging leads.
    • Colm Meaney and Derek Jacobi should be in every British period piece movie.
    • If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, you’ll be gifted with a lot of Easter Eggs in the movie.

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:

    • Tolkien’s family and estate have NOT endorsed this film.  That makes you wonder why, right?
    • I wished that there had been more in the movie about his writing career and how he became such a celebrated author later on in life.

INTERESTING LINES:

    • “A word isn’t beautiful just because of its sound.  It’s a marriage of sound and meaning.” – Edith Bratt (Lily Collins)

Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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