The formative years of the orphaned author, J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.
This takes him into the outbreak of WW1, which threatens to tear the "fellowship" apart. His schoolmates who became close friends with the author in college and even fought alongside him during the first world war. These experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.
During his time in combat (including Battle of the Somme which is impressively staged), Tolkien encounters dark and mythical visions that he experiences upon falling sick - visions that ultimately help inspire the writer to create Sauron, Mordor, and other aspects of Middle-earth. The film explores deeper aspects, including his interest in language inspired by his meeting with a professor, nicely played by Derek Jacobi. The Finnish director Dome Karukoski sensitively brings all the elements together, and Nicholas Hoult is an outstanding rising star.
USA 2019 Dome Karukoski 113m