“Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.”

Directors: Wayne Yup, J.A. Bayona, Charlotte Brändström
Writers: J.R.R Tolkien, Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, Gennifer Hutchinson, Patrick McKay, John D. Payne, Bryan Cogman, Stephany Folsom, Glenise Mullins, Helen Shang
Staring: Peter Mullan, Nazanin Boniadi, Benjamin Walker, Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Maxim Baldry
Release Date: September 2, 2022

Yea I am finally getting to this. Been on my to-do list for a while. Despite the long wait to type up my quick thoughts on the first The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power trailer, my excitement has not diminished at all.

Right from the get-go, the best part about this movie is Amazon Prime TV show is that it is set in a time where I know nothing about Lord of the Rings. I only recognize only three of the characters names right off the bat, but I do recognize the crazy scope that everyone around this show are trying to pull off.

So The Rings Of Power takes place in the second age, thousands of year before we even know about Bilbo Baggins. Despite the earlier setting, this story seems to have the same type of fantasy story arc we are all familiar with. Good guys, most likely Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo), are unsuspecting elves who are thrust into a quest to save Middle Earth from a long-feared evil that threatens Middle Earth.

According Amazon studios, the story will be taking the audience to the familiar Misty Mountains, the elf-capital Lindon, the island kingdom of Numenor, and other fantastical places. This trailer does it best to show off all the crazy landscapes, and that may be a bit too its detriment. Everyone’s worry about The Rings Of Power is that it is going to be to CGI heavy like Peter Jackson’s failed Hobbit movies. We want the fantastical special effects grounded in realistic production design. There are a few very atmospheric shots that may cross over into that worry-territory.

If I can enlighten the the world for one more of mine: everyone seems a bit too clean. Now I understand we see a lot of Elves and Legolas was never entirely dirty in the original trilogy, but let’ get some griminess! Don’t take a dust cloth to everything; leave a little bit of soot for us to admire and notice.

Much like a hobbit, this trailer tells us all that “There’s wonders in the world beyond our wandering.” So this is us venturing past our comfortable “home” of our normal Middle Earth. I will be doing so my birthday week when The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power comes onto Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.

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