Rent Tolkien (2019)

3.2 of 5 from 247 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 (6) of Tolkien

So-so biopic of Tolkien - Tolkien review by PV

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27/09/2019

Not sure whether to give this 2 or 3. Some bits 2 (miscast 'strong' actresses to play Edwardian women; silly claims Tolkien's childhood bits magically created his stories rather than hard graft, or that he has a genius memory; the absurd claim that he was poor); Some bits 3 ( the 4 teen boys and the childhood bits; the WWI scenes in part).

Anyway 2.5 rounded up.

Way too much flitting around in flashbacks for my liking, and everyone looks too modern - the faces are of our age not Edwardian England, the women too 'girlpower #metoo' - this is often the case in modern pc movies. Derek Jacobi great as usual.

Not sure re Hoult as Tolkein - he looks far too young later on.

I have never been a fan of boring fantasy novels like The Hobbit etc. No mention here either that Tolkien based his made-up Lord of the Rings language on Welsh.

Most interesting bit for me with the club of 4 boys and what happened to them, esp the poet and the last one to die.

0 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Very enjoyable - Tolkien review by LH

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2019

I really found this very watchable and a little emotional. I don’t know very much about Tolkein so didn’t have clue how much was artistic licence. 

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Enjoyable But! - Tolkien review by AA

Spoiler Alert
12/10/2019

I was left wondering just how much of the film is based on documented factual evidence or a liberal view of writings etc. Excellent performances from the cast but like another reviewer I was at times wondering if Tolkien had managed to keep his youthful looks like Mr Hoult seemed to have done.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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