It’s been 8-years since we last adventured in Middle Earth!
Nevertheless, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is nothing short of a golden opportunity for the fans to march into the fantasy world that sheathes creatures beyond anyone’s imagination. But, will it satisfy your adventurous cravings? The question is best answered when you’ve watched the show.
Notable, Amazon Studios has a reputation to maintain and considering the new series, they are really trying hard to compete with House of Dragons! Honestly, the previously released films from the franchise, have set the benchmarks really high and competing with them in any possible way is nothing but a fool's play.
Developed by J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ and takes viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien's pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
Thankfully, the makers have already clarified that you don’t need to have watched the previous films to understand ‘Rings of Power’, but the moment you are exposed to the first scene, you are bound to draw comparisons.
While a part of you tries to figure out the exact timeline, many might try to find the relatable characters from the early 2010s LOTR franchise. Personally, I’d suggest you stop your hunt and focus on the show with an open view.
The excruciatingly slow narration and confusing writing style hold you back from taking a dive into the storyline. And to top it off, the direction just makes it worst as the makers keep beating around the bush, continuously trying to make it more unbearable to watch.
The show does offer you a few noteworthy moments but they are just overshadowed by the flaws.
Sadly, there’s tough competition between big screens and OTT platforms and having specifically designed for the latter, Amazon Studios tries its best to give the viewers engaging and grand visuals. But it seems they forgot, LOTR is far more beyond that.
Amazon Studios is seemingly trying to face off against ‘Game of Thrones’ and its popularity, however, ‘The Rings of Power’ just doesn't make an impact. Probably, the new snooze-fest could have been a good contender for the GOT but, turns out it was just another dud.
The all-new characters fail to find their foothold in the constantly swapping frames, and the show turns out to be a good study material to understand how not to direct a show. Just like LOTR, even The Rings of Power wanted to give the audience something memorable via their series, but even the characters do not seem to match up with the show’s philosophy.
Amid all the chaos, Galadriel seems to be an interesting character and it’s worth noting how the makers plan on developing her further in the series.
Overall, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ make the max effort to engage the audience, and cheers to having done that. But, honestly, it could have been way better!
Episode 1 And 2 Review: Star Rating: 3/5 (* * *)
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