Being a biopic, it’s “based on a true story” – although the Tolkien Family made a statement saying they did not endorse the making of this film – it follows the developmental life of JRR Tolkien, highlighting the formative years culminating in the leadup to starting to write his books.  The climax of the film takes place during his trench experiences in WW1 and the film paints a pretty vivid series of parallels to elements of Lord of the Rings drawing on this as inspiration.  It was fine.

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