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"Tolkien" biopic - who's watching?

Inquiring minds and all that.

I'll admit, I'm of mixed minds. I'm not really a purist, but I'd lay odds I know as much about JRRT's life as the filmmakers. Most fandom members, particularly those who have more than dabbled in Silmfic probably would, and that's not a criticism of the filmmakers. It's just that we're all geeks. I'm also really concerned they'll try to turn his WWI days into a parallel of balrogs and dark towers rising out of the earth, and just... no. For all the obvious reasons that would bother me quite a bit.

On the other hand, I really feel a kindred spirit in JRRT. I don't always agree with his views -- I disagree quite a lot, actually -- but there's something about his unique mix of scholar and (sub)creator. I guess I just feel at home with his soul, if that makes sense. And as many movies as I see, it seems a real shame to miss out.

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lindahoyland
May. 10th, 2019 04:09 am (UTC)
I hope to go if it comes to my local cinema.
shirebound
May. 10th, 2019 11:52 am (UTC)
I'll be taking Shiremom to see it this month, so I'll report back. Good or bad, I can't imagine *not* seeing it!
cairistiona7
May. 10th, 2019 03:19 pm (UTC)
I... might see it? On the one hand, I know that they'll probably change some important life details for "dramatic license" and I'm not sure how easily that will go down with me, but on the other, I do understand that biopics are usually "inspired by" and generally not minute-by-minute accurate. So I'm weighing the two opposing ideas and trying to decide whether to wait for Netflix and go see Endgame again instead. LOL
mrowe
May. 10th, 2019 06:31 pm (UTC)
The Dutch Tolkien Society is planning to go see it together with a bunch of people when it first shows here (June 7), so I'll see it then. I know it won't be totally accurate, but I can live with that. Whether I can live with the film? I'll know in slightly less than a month:)
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