This is a film which is steeped in British reserve. J. R. R. Tolkien had the roots of fantasy in his blood, put forth by his mother who dies when he is young. She was the master storyteller, so ingrained in his psyche. There were dragons and supernatural beings, some from opera, some from folklore. But the movie is about his efforts to be true to himself and follow the path laid out for him. He wanted to be at Oxford, but his social status made him quite vulnerable. It was his creativity and linguistic skills that bought him a reprieve. We forget that historically, he is not just a popular author but an academic genius, one of history's greatest linguists. This is a gentle movie but it is punctuated with flashback while he fought in the Somme, one of the bloodiest incidents in the history of warfare. This is a very good film.
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