Not being a particular fan of Tolkien’s writing — my appreciation only goes so far as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended versions, of course) — and not knowing anything about Tolkien’s personal life, I thought I would learn something new. Unfortunately, there’s very little it had to offer in that regard that couldn’t been ascertained from Tolkien’s Wikipedia page. I can imagine from the diehard fan’s aspect, that it brings absolutely nothing new to the table that isn’t otherwise known in some capacity.
I suppose, I should also point out that the film didn’t receive a blessing from Tolkien’s estate. In fact, they did the exact opposite, issuing a statement objecting the film. Although, it should also be noted that Tolkien’s estate had not seen the film before issuing this statement. It would seem that the estates frustration is with how pop culture has swarmed Tolkien’s work, sucking off any meat and leaving behind only dry and brittle bones. Christopher Tolkien, J. R. R.’s sone and the official executor of his estate, even vehemently voiced his opinion on the matter back in 2012 when speaking with Le Monde: “Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing.”
"Iron Man." Paul Bettany has never seen the film, and is unfamiliar with the plot. He said J.A.R.V.I.S. was the easiest job ever, and it was almost like a robbery, since he only worked for two hours, got paid a lot of money, then went on vacation with his wife (Jennifer Connelly).