Selected US journalists were shown the first two episodes of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”. The long-awaited fantasy highlight will start on September 2, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video and is considered the most elaborate series production of all time. Season 1 alone is said to have cost around 460 million dollars and if the “Lord of the Rings” prequel runs over several seasons as planned, the billion dollar mark will almost certainly be broken. Of course, with such a mega series project, the expectations are enormous. But fans can rest assured: According to early voices, The Rings of Power is nothing short of a hit!
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Here we have translated some of the voices of the US journalists into German for you. Let’s start with Steven Weintraub from colliders:
“Prepare to be blown away by the size and scope of The Rings of Power. I don’t know how they did it, but they created a ‘Lord of the Rings’ series that feels like ‘Lord of the Rings 1/2’. Everything about this series is incredible: from the camera to the costumes to the movie quality sets. And of course the cast. Prepare for something big. I can’t wait to see more.”
Perri Nemiroff, also colliders, writes: “So far, so good! The show values are really remarkable. One stunning shot follows the next, and the level of detail in the costume and set design is exceptional. As for the story and the characters, these episodes have a lot of work to do introducing the (main) actors. Most make an impression quickly, but the biggest winners for me are Nazanin Boniadis Bronwyn and Markella Kavenagh’s Nori. I’m particularly impressed by how much I was able to empathize with their passions and goals in just two episodes.”
Trent Moore, who writes for various US trade magazines, gives fans of the Peter Jackson films hope, in particular: “Amazon’s new ‘Lord of the Rings’ series ‘The Rings of Power’ is incredible. The massive budget just oozes off the screen and it feels like it’s lining up alongside the Peter Jackson movies. Despite her gigantic world, she never feels overwhelming and keeps her focus.”
Brandon Katz from The Wrap is also very impressed: “The first two episodes ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ are a spectacular sight. The size, scope, ambition and grandiosity is unrivaled on TV. The series also has the arduous task of doing so much necessary worldbuilding that it takes a while to gain momentum.”
Meghan O’Keefe from decider is also in a positive mood, but is unsure whether the series can keep up the level: “So far it’s been incredibly entertaining, promising and, above all, magnificent. Check it out on the biggest screen available to you. My only caveat is that I can easily imagine the plot either falling apart or totally convincing after Episode 2.”
Rob Keyes from ScreenRant is surprised by the quality of the series, but also has a point of criticism: “‘Rings of Power’ is better than the marketing material leads you to believe, but still needs work to make the plot exciting. It feels huge and the individual factions are introduced well, but the pacing isn’t quite there yet. But the dwarves are already cooler than they were in The Hobbit.”
Sure, the first reactions to “The Rings of Power” are really overwhelmingly positive. Apart from the somewhat sluggish pacing, which is due to the fact that the series has to introduce an extremely large number of characters and do a lot of world building, there is no major criticism. As always, we checked Twitter for negative opinions. But these were simply not to be found – at least not yet. Then Unfortunately, one thing always has to be said about these first impressions: They are usually significantly better than the final reviews.
And even if the first two episodes are really as good as the voices above promise, it remains to be seen whether the rest of the season can keep up this level. The first reactions are promising and give reason to look forward to the start of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” on Amazon Prime Video. A bit of skepticism is still appropriate. Because nothing holds as much potential for bitter disappointment as expectations that are too high.
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