Rent Tolkien (2019)

3.3 of 5 from 76 ratings
1h 47min
Rent Tolkien (aka A Light in the Darkness) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Tolkien explores the formative years of renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) as he finds friendship, courage and motivation among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Their bond strengthens as they mature, until the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. Tolkien's early life experiences would later inspire him to write his famous Middle-earth novels.
Actors:
, , , Al Bollands, Kallum Tolkien, , , , , , , , , Ty Tennant, Adam Bregman, , Michael Bryceson, Andrew Bissell, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Peter Chernin, David Ready, Kris Thykier, Jenno Topping
Writers:
David Gleeson, Stephen Beresford
Aka:
A Light in the Darkness
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/09/2019
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Dome Karukoski
  • First Look
  • Audio Commentary by Dome Karukoski
  • Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/09/2019
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Dome Karukoski
  • First Look
  • Audio Commentary by Dome Karukoski
  • Gallery

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Reviews (9) of Tolkien

It's About Fellowship - Tolkien review by BG

Spoiler Alert
01/12/2019

We've had a biopic about A. A. Milne, so it was only a matter of time before we had one on J. R. R. Tolkien, the most successful fantasy writer who has sold millions of books. The film takes us through the author's life after he became an orphan, his gift for inventing languages, bonding with friends at school, his love for Edith Bratt and a brief separation, struggling to get in at Oxford and staying there, and the terrors of trench warfare in World War One. The film ends with Tolkien starting to write The Hobbit, so we don't get to see his latter years and the success of Lord of the Rings. The film may have a conventional approach that most bios contain, but there are some strong moments. The cross cutting between the war and Tolkien's early life was effective, and when he experiences the horror of battle, there are "visions" of dragons and demons. There was never any doubt that the war affected the author so that his epic Lord of the Rings was really about those terrors in fantasy dress. An effective moment sees a huge evil shape towering over the aftermath of battle... surely a metaphor for the Dark Lord himself, Sauron. Also the loss of Tolkien's two members in his personal "fellowship" was quite moving. If you have admired Peter Jackson's films, then you may find this biopic interesting.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Excellent - Tolkien review by TA

Spoiler Alert
06/12/2019

As other have said no idea how accurate this film is regarding his real life but just as a stand alone film it's a beautiful story about love and friendship, I really enjoyed it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Good Sunday afternoon biopic - Tolkien review by PC

Spoiler Alert
15/01/2020

I was expecting a bit more of a controversial look at Tolkien's life after it was dismissed by his family but I really cannot see why they would have issue with it. It is a rather straight-laced look at his life and only really comes to life in the war scenes which show where some of the imagery for his work may have come from. A little bit more of this would have been welcome but the performances are uniformly good.  

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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