TOLKIEN (trailer) - J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult

Oct 25, 2017
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TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity if old
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I kinda hope it's chock-full of ham-handed LOTR references.

Friend: Jay Arr Arr, how are you liking that new ring?

Jay: Nobody notices me! It makes me feel invisible! (Eyes widen, dramatic close-up, LOTR fellowship theme riff)
 
Oct 25, 2017
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The trailer already has rings soooo...
Yes, but it doesn't have Tolkien listening to his neighbor arguing with a contractor

Neighbor: I told you I wanted a bigger door for the entrance by the shade!

Contractor: You haven't paid yet.

Neighbor: I paid you yesterday! Now I want a bigger door! More door! (points) Where the shadows lie!

Tolkien: (eyes widen, Sauron theme riff, furiously scribbles)
 
Oct 27, 2017
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United Kingdom
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Yes, but it doesn't have Tolkien listening to his neighbor arguing with a contractor

Neighbor: I told you I wanted a bigger door for the entrance by the shade!

Contractor: You haven't paid yet.

Neighbor: I paid you yesterday! Now I want a bigger door! More door! (points) Where the shadows lie!

Tolkien: (eyes widen, Sauron theme riff, furiously scribbles)
I'm actually anticipating a lot of this during the film.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Buddy: Yo, J, let's hit up the candy store. They got this new sour candy, it'll make you pucker for days.

Tolkien: Nah, I got some writing to do. I can't come up with a name for the main antagonist.

Buddy: Come on, bro. I need to get my sour on!

Tolkien: Sour on...
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Buddy: Yo, J, let's hit up the candy store. They got this new sour candy, it'll make you pucker for days.

Tolkien: Nah, I got some writing to do. I can't come up with a name for the main antagonist.

Buddy: Come on, bro. I need to get my sour on!

Tolkien: Sour on...
Buddy: We also need to hit up the grocery store.

Tolkien: I told you, I am writing something and need to name my main protagonist now.

Buddy: Well you still owe mefor the last time we went grocery shopping for the bill though. Bag Ends is the name of the store if you're looking for the receipt.

Tolkien: Billthough... bag ends...
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Buddy: We also need to hit up the grocery store.

Tolkien: I told you, I am writing something and need to name my main protagonist now.

Buddy: Well you still owe mefor the last time we went grocery shopping for the bill though. Bag Ends is the name of the store if you're looking for the receipt.

Tolkien: Billthough... bag ends...
Stranger: Oy! You avin' a fucking giggle, mate?

Tolkien: Not at all. I'm thinking of a character name for my book

Stranger: Ah ya bastard. Ya think ya sam wiseass all merry with ya quill and shite?

Tolkien: Samwise...Merry!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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The shot at 0:38 is fantastic. The implications and the parallel between his life during WW1 and the worlds he created... incredibly rendered. My gosh, it looks beautiful. Hoult is a great actor too.
The shot I reacted the strongest towards, too, but because I hate it so much.

This makes Tolkien look like a Battlefield 1 character.
 
Nov 4, 2017
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California
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The shot I reacted the strongest towards, too, but because I hate it so much.

This makes Tolkien look like a Battlefield 1 character.
You reading it literally? It's obviously a visual flourish. I didn't play battlefield 1 so I'll take your word for it. I personally want more people to see this so I'll deal with stylized bits. It is a matter of taste.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Stranger: Oy! You avin' a fucking giggle, mate?

Tolkien: Not at all. I'm thinking of a character name for my book

Stranger: Ah ya bastard. Ya think ya sam wiseass all merry with ya quill and shite?

Tolkien: Samwise...Merry!
Tolkein’s Friend: There was a short man throwing bread at me in the street!

Tolkein: Gosh! What did you say?

Tolkein’s Friend: Don’t Fro-dough!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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You mean a character designed to look like the people in the war this person was in???
I wasn't talking about the costume you can barely see, I was talking about the framing of the shot, making Tolkien look like a superhuman action hero about to face off with Doomsday. This is a Biopic. I'd expect the WW1 portion to look more like "They Shall Not Grow Old" and not like Batman V Superman or the cover art for "Badass Male Power Fantasy 235"

 
Oct 25, 2017
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I wasn't talking about the costume you can barely see, I was talking about the framing of the shot, making Tolkien look like a superhuman action hero about to face off with Doomsday. This is a Biopic, not Call of Duty. I'd expect the WW1 portion to look more like "They Shall Not Grow Old" and not like Batman V Superman.
It's definitely going for more of a connection with the LOTR franchise.

I...like it? But I like all sorts of cheesy things. We know its definitely not going to be framed in a realistic way in any case.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I wasn't talking about the costume you can barely see, I was talking about the framing of the shot, making Tolkien look like a superhuman action hero about to face off with Doomsday. This is a Biopic. I'd expect the WW1 portion to look more like "They Shall Not Grow Old" and not like Batman V Superman or the cover art for "Badass Male Power Fantasy 235"

That isn't a superhero, that's a person facing death on a battlefield. That's what people without superpowers do. When you recount your fleeting mortality, you don't remember the discussions at a table. It's the explosions, gas, gunfire, and trenches.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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That isn't a superhero, that's a person facing death on a battlefield. That's what people without superpowers do. When you recount your fleeting mortality, you don't remember the discussions at a table. It's the explosions, gas, gunfire, and trenches.
Alright, I'm unsure how to respond because that post sounds a lot like you actually think that Battlefield 1 is what actual war looks/is like. Really do check out They Shall Not Grow Old, fittingly it's directed by Peter Jackson!


Sorry for the derail but...sheesh.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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His harrowing recovery from a deadly infection proves to be inspirational.

Doctor White: "I am not Doctor Gray, whom you met earlier. I am Doctor White. You have no fever now, and I release you from my charge and from the hospital. Mr. Tolkien, your staph is broken."
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Buddy: Yo, J, let's hit up the candy store. They got this new sour candy, it'll make you pucker for days.

Tolkien: Nah, I got some writing to do. I can't come up with a name for the main antagonist.

Buddy: Come on, bro. I need to get my sour on!

Tolkien: Sour on...
Tolkien: I'm trying to come up with a name for a dashing Elven archer. Anyway, you were saying?

Buddy: It's Arthur. He simply hasn't been the same since he was hit by that mortar and had to get both shins amputated. He's -

Tolkien: - By jove man, I've got it!
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Alright, I'm unsure how to respond because that post sounds a lot like you actually think that Battlefield 1 is what actual war looks/is like. Really do check out They Shall Not Grow Old, fittingly it's directed by Peter Jackson!


Sorry for the derail but...sheesh.
...2:05 and 2:15 look an awfully lot like what you're trying to describe isn't realistic. Flames, explosions, troops in the foreground. Furthermore, that's a restoration of real footage where cameramen where filming. This movie is depicting the traumatic elements witnessed by a soldier first hand through his subjective viewpoint. It's a movie about the author of some of the most grandiose fantasy written, affected by gruesome trench warfare he witnessed.