A CREATIVE JOURNEY: ‘Tolkien’ is a satisfying biopic

encorepub.com - 05-21

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“Why do they keep making movies about writers?” a movie-obsessed acquaintance asked last week. It was a question I had never considered, really. There have been plenty of movies about writers over the years—because writers can make fabulous protagonists. Stephen King has created a cottage industry of fictional stories about writers, like “The Shining,” “Misery” and “Secret Window.” What my friend was referring to are the biopics of real-life authors. It seems like actors are chomping at the bit to play their favorite cunning linguists, portraying legendary writers like Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson and Shakespeare, to name but a few.