The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will soon be available on Amazon Prime Video. We were allowed to see the episodes in advance and reveal whether the series is worth it!
- Is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video worth it?
- We were able to preview the first two episodes and reveal our thoughts.
- The “Lord of the Rings” series takes us to a Middle Earth that is both novel and familiar.
On September 2, 2022, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video and many fans are wondering: is the fantasy series worth it? We were allowed to preview the first two episodes and can tell you: Yes, the series is worth it – and how!
Don’t worry, our review of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is spoiler-free!
The Rings of Power: The return to Middle Earth is a success!
The first thing that catches your eye about this series are the great pictures. Middle Earth is at least as beautiful and impressive in Amazon’s series as it is in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” film adaptations. A comforting feeling comes over us when we stroll through the forests and fields with the hairy feet, a slaying humility in the best sense makes our jaws drop when we catch sight of the majestic Elven kingdoms of Eregion and Lindon.
It’s amazing how familiar yet novel the Middle Earth from “The Rings of Power” is. The set and costume designers have done a great job here! But it’s not just visually that the “The Lord of the Rings” series excels. Bear McCreary’s music picks up where Howard Shore left off.
McCreary skillfully captures the different cultures of elves, dwarves, humans, and hairy-footed people, and is able to not only underscore with his music, but tell stories all his own. At times we are crushed by thunderous music, then it dreamily entices us to fly!
It is almost ironic that McCreary’s melodies are superior to the musical leitmotif, because the leitmotif was composed by “The Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore himself. But fear not: the leitmotif is also fantastically beautiful!
The Lord of the Rings: The actors and characters enrich Tolkien’s legacy
The series has the difficult task of introducing numerous protagonists. There are familiar characters like Elrond and Galadriel, but also some roles that were created specifically for the series. This is also one of a few points of criticism, because not all storylines are equally exciting and not all characters are equally interesting.
It’s always the case that fans pick their favorites, but especially in the second episode there is often jumping back and forth between the different locations and plots, so it’s very noticeable when you switch to a story that doesn’t appeal to you as much as others.
However, that is complaining on a very high level. On the whole, director JA Bayona does an excellent job of balancing the various stories, and the actors and actresses in particular deliver. No one stands out here and the entire series feels amazingly well-rounded.
At no minute does the viewer or viewer feel like the stars or the series creators don’t know where they’re going. There’s a sense of security that comes across. That’s nice and helps you let go and enjoy the series to the fullest.
But back to the actors and actresses: Morfydd Clark is a revelation as Galadriel. It’s amazing how she captures Cate Blanchett’s charisma and yet does her own thing. Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel is our highlight of the series at this point!
But Robert Aramayo and Owain Arthur are also great as Elrond and Durin IV – especially when they share scenes. However, we don’t want to anticipate too much here. One thing is for sure: Aramayo has no visual resemblance to Hugo Weaving, who played Elrond in the films, but at every minute he plays the role in such a way that it is believable that it is the same role. A big thumbs up!
The Rings of Power: Better than “House of the Dragon”?
Since “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 1 is released alongside “House of the Dragon” and both are prestigious fantasy series, fans naturally ask the question: which of the two series is better? The answer to the question is, of course, subjective.
Comparisons have already been made to “The Lord of the Rings” in the case of “Game of Thrones” and now some aspects can be put directly under the microscope. If you want family-friendly fantasy with hope and optimism, look at HdR, if you prefer dark intrigue and morally questionable protagonists, you are better off with HotD.
However, in the opinion of the author of this review, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the better series if you ever compare the first two episodes. Amazon simply manages to create a more impressive world that you want to dive into. House of the Dragon” doesn’t live up to this magical pull to the same extent!
The first two episodes will be released on September 2, 2022 at 3am. After that, it continues weekly in Amazon Prime Video’s new releases program. One new episode will be released every Friday at 6 o’clock.