The Independent shared reactions from J. R. R. Tolkein fans, including one who said “it looks like they put absolutely all that Amazon money to use for scenes.”
First up, the praise. Many are agreeing that the show’s costly budget, which positions it as one of the most expensive shows of all time, has paid off, with the series boasting impressive visuals…. @marklee3d added: Rings of Power has done a great job of capturing the feel of Tolkien’s world. The challenge is creating a compelling story where one didn’t exist before. The show’s success lies in pulling that off.”
Agreeing that the “spirit” of Tokkien has been captured, @suzannahtweets wrote: “I’m far less concerned about little lore details than I am about the spirit. And while I thought that Peter Jackson fundamentally misunderstood the spirit of Tolkien in ALL his movies, so far the spirit of THE RINGS OF POWER feels remarkably authentic to Tolkien….” However, others argued the show felt “goofy” and featured “terrible” dialogue, with some suggesting that “Tolkien himself” would be “ashamed” of the series.
But “by releasing the first two episodes instead of just the more predictable first, Amazon gave The Rings of Power a strong start,” argues Cinemablend. Collider’s senior TV editor praises the show’s “stunning visuals, compelling characters, and magnetic lead,” while one podcaster even called the show “a cinematic masterpiece… masterfully orchestrating a mythology that fans have been waiting for.”
Deadline reports that “Critics reviews, save a scathing piece in the UK Daily Mail, have generally been positive for The Rings of Power, as measured by aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic…. As of Friday evening, the IMDb rating stood at a respectable 7.1 out of 10.” And Variety adds that Amazon had already taken steps to thwart review bombers three weeks ago:
Starting around the time of the launch of the distaff baseball dramedy “A League of Their Own,” which premiered its full first season on Aug. 12, Amazon Prime Video quietly introduced a new 72-hour delay for all user reviews posted to Prime Video, a representative for the streamer confirmed to Variety. Each critique is then evaluated to determine whether it’s genuine or a forgery created by a bot, troll or other breed of digital goblin.
The practice caught notice after the premiere of the first two episodes of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”… The series appears to have been review bombed — when trolls flood intentionally negative reviews for a show or film — on other sites like Rotten Tomatoes, where it has an 84% rating from professional critics, but a 37% from user-submitted reviews. “The Rings of Power” has been fending off trolls for months, especially ones who take issue with the decision to cast actors of color as elves, dwarves, harfoots and other folk of Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth. Amazon’s new initiative to review its reviews, however, is designed to weed out ones that are posted in bad faith, deadening their impact…. Whether Amazon successfully beat back the tide of internet trolls for “The Rings of Power” will likely be revealed on Sunday.
Reuters reports that future episodes of the series will be released weekly until the October 14 season finale.
“Amazon plans to let the full story unfold in 50 hours over five seasons.”
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