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Post by halfwise Wed Aug 31, 2022 5:41 pm

A review by someone who doesn't really seem to know Tolkien.  Liked it, but felt Galadriel and Elrond were miscast since they don't project the gravitas we've come to expect from Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.  Saw that coming a year ago.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/review-thank-gandalf-lord-rings-140020111.html

Of all the breathless reviews out there by folks who obviously can't tell Tolkien from Frank Miller, the most scathing review is from someone who actually DOES know Tolkien (best line: "I was rooting for the orcs"):
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/lord-rings-rings-power-review-140000827.html

Nerd of the Rings liked it, though keep in mind he also awarded 10/10 to PJ's LotR and 6/10 to the Hobbit.  More interestingly he brought a group of friends to the premier with varying amounts of Tolkien exposure, and their ratings of RoP ranged from 6 to 9.5, average 8.  He didn't break it down by exposure.  I kept falling asleep during this review, and had to watch it 3 times to make it through - it's after lunch but perhaps that hints at the lack of insights here.


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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Oct 05, 2022 8:38 pm

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-features/the-rings-of-power-showrunners-interview-season-2-1235233124/

How anyone can write such egregious lies is beyond me.

"The bespectacled Payne comes across as sweet and more reserved, and his love for Tolkien is profound — he has an almost spiritual respect for the material and goes straight to wondering WWTD to address any creative challenge faced by the show."

The man must have had zero influence over the show then.

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"At one point, they met with the estate and Payne greeted Simon Tolkien in Elvish."

Cringeworthy.

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Post by halfwise Wed Oct 05, 2022 9:08 pm

I continue to be amazed that they care so much about the language and so little about anything else.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Oct 05, 2022 9:13 pm

They fuck up the language as well.
This "speaking in Elvish" thing is a party trick, nothing more.

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Post by halfwise Thu Oct 06, 2022 7:26 pm

It turns out that Netflix offered a similar amount of money to the Tolkien estate for the rights, but lost out because they wanted to do a multiple series approach, not unlike Star Wars.

Since I haven't seen anything by Amazon except the trash RoP, and have liked much of what Netflix has done, I think we may have missed out here. Netflix still doesn't have the credibility of HBO, but anything would be better than what has been inflicted on us by Amazon.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/netflix-massive-lord-rings-pitch-174500315.html

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Post by halfwise Fri Oct 07, 2022 7:39 pm

read if you feel the need to purge yourself (why do I even post this?)

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rings-power-makes-mithril-even-170000868.html

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Post by Forest Shepherd Mon Oct 10, 2022 11:30 pm

Writers who put "...And that's a good thing" at the ends of article titles should be horse-whipped.

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