Newest Amazon's take on the worlds of John Tolkien has already received enough criticism, but it just never stops.
'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' has an astronomically huge budget and the power of the iconic story behind it, but it doesn't save it from being scrutinized by fans.
With the new trailer for the show receiving a more positive response than the previous promotional materials, there are still plenty of things that spark ire among LOTR fans. Here are a few of them.
Heavy Reliance on CGI
To be fair, it's hard to find a fantasy show today that does not rely too much on visual effects and green screen, but it seems that the CGI in 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' carries pretty much every scene shown in the new trailer. Some people say that it almost turns cinematography into more of a video game.
"One of the reasons why Jackson’s Lord of the Rings holds up and The Hobbit trilogy is weaker is absolutely due to the effects. Practical effects, models, are so essential to help the authentic feel of a world as opposed to what the latest in CGI can accomplish. I think this is why the latest iteration of Dune was good as well. Great CGI sure, but money was invested in sets and not just actors walking around in a green screen area to give a better sense of place." – /Stardustchaser.
The visual effects do seem to be quite fascinating and beautifully executed, but many 'Lord of the Rings' fans, especially those in love with Peter Jackson's trilogy, note that the true magic of the series was channeled through practical effects and authenticity.
Unlike VFX, actors do not seem to deliver a compelling performance, fans argue after watching the trailer. According to them, the dialogues seem to be forced and unnatural.
The lack of good acting seems to ruin the atmosphere and make the world even less believable, given the amount of CGI used to create it.
The third problem is almost a classic when it comes to 'The Rings of Power'. Since its very first stills and sneak-peeks, the show has faced accusations of being "woke" and forcing diversity into the fantasy world that was not particularly famous for featuring people of color. The issue remains highly debatable, with some fans arguing that the universe where elves and orcs exist could certainly find a place for POC characters, and other people insisting that the show goes against the LOTR lore in order to "capitalize" on diversity.
'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' is set to premiere on Prime Video on September 2, 2022.