The Lord of the Rings: The Mighty Rings (Amazon Prime)
Fans of classic movies ever wanted a spin-off of those movies?
I ask because I hardly agree with the new one A tournament of its own than the new one Lord of the Rings series is when we.
I love the original A tournament of its own (it should have been in the Gen Z gay movie curriculum) and ended up being LOTR movies – but none of me wanted 10 more hours in drip streaming versions.
But I tried to be brave. After all, I told myself, imagine having a certain moment over and over again. And so I settled for the new one LOTR recital. They spent half a billion just on the first series. And Lenny Henry is in it. How bad can it be?
The answer is… pretty.
Unconstrained by film-length conventions, where even movies push their fortunes, the level of setting here is cripplingly slow.
Part of this may be due to the source material. The series
based on episode 12 Middle-earth History (compiled by Christopher Tolkien from his father’s notes), largely set 10,000 years ago Hobbits and LOTR books – and those novels are a maze in detail.
So the makers of the new series have tried to turn these epic stories into visually sumptuous chapters.
However, it is difficult to say what they have to do with each other. A world has been destroyed, some sort of elf peacekeeping mission has run its course, and there’s an elf lady Greta Thunberg who thinks Saruman is still out there somewhere.
She’s a glassy, icy protagonist, and her lines are delivered in the stern Shakespearen language of cod – always paired with the chubby face of an orchestra.
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The other creatures speak in a variety of regional British accents – except for a small group of people mixed with Irish accents.
Then there are the visual effects. They did their best, and I’m sure the eerie sunsets, fairy-tale forests and terrifying creatures on the hunt will make it to the big screen – but on television, the scope their epics are drastically reduced.
JA Bayona, director Jurassic Worlddirecting one of the episodes – and, as with the dinosaur series, this series is harder to make an impact on our CGI eyes than its classic predecessors.
All in all, I’m not sure who this is for. If you loved the series, then you’re probably too protective to want some money-making prequel – and if you hate the movie, you definitely don’t want it to be revisited.
But if you’ve always secretly thought that the Irish kit was too white, then this might be the series for you.
American television has never been sympathetic in its treatment of Arab characters.
Countrysidethe most successful show to portray the people of the area, so culturally insensitive that graffiti artists hired to paint the background secretly wrote phrases like ‘Countryside is racist’ – safe to know that the manufacturers wouldn’t even bother to test, which they didn’t.
In this context, the time has come for someone like Mo Amer to finally write his own program.
In Mo, he plays a first generation Palestinian Muslim American living in Texas. He exists between three cultures and within the first few minutes speaks Arabic, Spanish and English. Fired from his job and still living in visa-free limbo 20 years after arriving in the US, he was sentenced to a hunchback purgatory. These include selling designer bags that mimic trash from a car trunk and working as a security guard at a strip club.
The uncertain situation, both financial and visa, gnawed at him and he quietly became addicted to ‘lean’ (a mixture of codeine and cough syrup). The relative gloom of this is tempered with a wit and a tenacity.
“That’s what we do, we Palestinians,” Mo’s mother told him. “We continue to.”
The series is semi-autobiographical. Amer grew up with similar visa uncertainty (though he was never an addict), so we have to take his word that a man from this background still seems to be deeply middle class and lives in a big house.
Ignoring these irrationalities, he creates a tender and often humorous portrait of the immigrant experience and the injustices of the system.
Otherworldly charm: 3 of the best fantasy series
TV shows have struggled to make sense of the pandemic – but this impactful series, set in a fictional ‘collapsed world’, has done so with a populace charm and healthy. It also features the vocal talent of ‘Mr Barbra Streisand’ James Brolin and popular child star Christian Convery.
For those not particularly interested in fantasy, this series – from Matt Groening, the genius behind The Simpsons – is a good starting point. Aimed at adults and set in a fully realized alternate universe, this is a nice parody of traditional fantasy shows.
Based on the books by Lev Grossman, the series is described as ‘Harry Potter for adults’. It’s an allegory of lost innocence, about a former fantasy enthusiast who grows up to discover that his childhood miracle is actually real.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-reviews/lord-of-the-rings-lenny-henrys-in-it-how-bad-could-it-be-quite-bad-in-fact-41956413.html The Lord of the Rings: Lenny Henry in it. How bad can it be? The reality is pretty bad