‘Tolkien’ review: Before Middle-earth, the ‘Lord of the Rings’-bearer goes to war

Roanoke Times - 05-15


Facts matter in fictionalized films about famous writers, but only as much as that word “fictionalized” can comfortably allow. In the cliché-prone realm of the biopic, it’s hard enough to make writers (or anybody else) talk, act and feel like plausibly authentic, dramatically viable human beings, pulled inward by their imaginations, pulled outward by love, or cataclysm.