It’s fantasy writ exhilaratingly large, although at the start, what’s so impressive about showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay’s streaming effort (September 2) is its balance between the glorious and the vile, the romantic and the brutal, the euphoric and the despairing, and the grand and the intimate. ... It feels fresh and alive—and poised, consequently, to be the one that rules them all.
I don't know what the negative reviews are about - must be Tolkien crazy fans. This show is actually fantastic. The settings are beautiful. Some parts are funny, some are scary, some are touching. I was expecting a bad show like Wheel of Time and I put it off watching it because of the reviews. I was wrong.
For now, however, it’s safe to say that Amazon throwing the weight of its coffers at this property has resulted in a perfectly winning adaptation that unfolds swashbuckling adventures with clear reverence and affection for the considerable mythos behind it.
The somewhat flawed series can't yet touch those impeccable ["Lord of the Rings"] films, but it scratches the surface. And if nothing else, the gorgeously rendered "Rings" is the most transportive current series on TV.
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are visually gorgeous, densely lived-in, and awe-inspiring at times. ... There is a big problem, though. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power might have a strong start, but its plot is laden with so many moving parts and far-flung heroes, it’s easy to see the story cratering. ... Without watching beyond the two episodes provided for review, we can only be cautiously optimistic — and skeptical of what’s next.
The dialogue’s often clunky, with cod mysticisms. Tolkien purists will probably be equally aggrieved by the insertion of invented characters and storylines. But showrunners JD Payne and Patrick Mackay have taken a mass of material, originally presented as a chronicle with little in the way of dialogue or character development, and forged a compelling, coherent narrative that fills a mouth-watering gap.
The characters — including Elves Galadriel and Elrond, played by Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in the films — are phyllo-dough thin, and the plots not much more substantial. ... The performances are serviceable but unremarkable, while the dialogue is particularly corny and inartful, with too many intoned monologues about the search for “the light” or the ever-vague nature of evil.
I thought "The Hobbit" trilogy was the worst adaptation of the LOTR. But when "Ring of Power" by Amazon was released, I thought I was really hard on it. I finished the series; for me, it was tortured. From the first episode to the last, it has been a mess. The production took all creative liberty, and the result was a huge poop. Everything we know about the lore, the series crushed it. I hope the series was erased, or I want to be told that it never existed.
In fairness, I was able to watch more minutes of Rings of Power than Real Housewives. So there is that.
Rings of Power (Much like Wheel of Time) was made for the Bridgerton fan demographic. If you like your values being validated at the cost of the source material, then ignore this review. If you have ever read any high fantasy at all and have even a minute sense of logic, this series will infuriate you.
God forbid you have a reverence for Tolkien and the deep world building that is Middle Earth, this series will radicalize you.
All that said, in short, Rings of Power will be remembered as a cautionary tale of blindly bending to ESG metrics.