A glorious culmination of creative endeavor

A glorious culmination of creative endeavor

A glorious culmination of creative endeavor

High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker), Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo) in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)

High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker), Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo) in The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power (Main video)

On September 2, when Prime Video ushers in a Second Age of Middle-earth, with its fantasy tale at the limit of the budget The Lord of the Rings: The rings of powera new generation will marvel at this timeless saga.

Originally written by J RR Tolkien, professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, then published between 1954 and 1955 in three volumes. The Lord of the Rings it told of a battle against immense evil, waged and won in the five kingdoms of Middle-earth, by a multitude of races.

One that would go on to make billions of dollars in book sales, box office and official merchandising. Raising the question: Will The rings of power unnecessarily exploit a beloved intellectual property or be praised as Amazon’s crowning glory in the long-term fantasy. Fortunately, the public can immediately lean towards the latter.

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After Peter Jackson’s successful adaptation that lasted from 2001 to 2003, garnering 30 Oscar nominations and racking up 17 wins, there was supposed to be a lull in the Amazon offices when he gave the green light to this series.

With a budget of billions of dollars rumored for five seasons, he kept the forum tongues wagging for months. So much so that co-creators Patrick McKay and John D. Payne will bask in glory or retreat into the shadows based on the end result.

Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) and Elanor 'Nori' Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Video Prime)

Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) and Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) in The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power (Main video)

What becomes abundantly clear even in the first few minutes is that The rings of power it is a glorious culmination of the creative effort given free rein to build something beautiful. Set thousands of years earlier The Hobbit or its consistent sequels, it has everything great art should have and then some.

When audiences are introduced to Galadriel (Morfydd Clark in an acting shift) during a big seventeen-minute intro, Middle Earth becomes a real blockbuster again. With a return to the past Company in setting, tone and attention to detail this deserves to be on the largest screen possible. Walls of ice, snow trolls and branded flesh bring Galadriel’s revenge to life, while director JA Bayona (Jurassic world: fallen kingdom) is well versed in his approach to world building.

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Over the course of an hour, the rustic Half Feet ride is also introduced, with Sadoc (Sir Lenny Henry) and Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) among their numbers. With an ingenuity in manufacturing design, their homes are revealed to be integrated into the landscape, giving them homes and camouflage from potential intruders.

It is this level of thinking that sets The rings of power apart from anything in recent memory, including The Hobbit adapted with Martin Freeman.

Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Video Prime)

Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) a The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power (Main video)

With a number of clever narrative choices, McKay and Payne also chose to use that map of Middle-earth to navigate from one place to another. Which means audiences move seamlessly from the elven capital Lindon and Master Elrond (a majestic Robert Aramayo), to the Eregion where Lord Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), the elven master blacksmith resides, without loss of momentum. However, it is among the men of the Southern Lands where Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova) and Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) inhabit that this story really begins to unfold.

In the jaw-dropping second hour of this impressive series, fate takes another turn as audiences can experience Khazad-Dum, where the legendary King Durin III (Peter Mullen) resides deep within his mountain. However, it is with Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) and his wife, Princess Disa (Sophia Nomvete), that this story has some real business, as Elrond comes to call to renew a friendship that has lain dormant for two decades. .

As challenges are established, grudges resolved, and some delicate comedies fit into the drama, fans will remember everything that made Peter Jackson’s original trilogy so good. Weta gave the audience a world worthy of Tolkien’s vision and here that magic trick was repeated. This beloved piece of pivotal literature has been treated with all the care and reverence rarely reserved for works of fiction, where every penny of that budget is on screen.

High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker) in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)

High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker) a The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power (Main video)

Another essential that hits home is the return of composer Howard Shore, famous for winning an Oscar for his score. Companythen repeated again with an original song for Return of the king.

The mastery with which he returns to form, blending emotions through music can never be ignored in these two opening episodes. Not just adding extra luster to the images in the process, but helping to tell the story through pivotal musical moments.

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In terms of performance, stand out beyond Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur and Nazanin Boniadi are countless. As the centerpiece of the narrative, Markella Kavenagh deserves a mention, as is Tyroe Muhafidin’s Theo.

That said, The rings of power as a whole it will soon pass beyond praise and into legend, as Amazon not only kept its promise, but did so by honoring Tolkien’s legacy in all that is linguistic glory.

The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power will be streamed on Prime Video from September 2, with new episodes released weekly. Watch a trailer below.

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