Amazon has issued a warning that customers who post fake negative reviews of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will not be approved.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Amazon has disabled ratings for its newest Prime Video series in an effort to stop review-bombing.
According to an Amazon insider, this is not a permanent policy change, but for the time being, all reviews will be held for 72 hours before they are published. The first two episodes of the Lord of the Rings prequel series were released on September 1 on Prime Video.
While there seems to be some disagreement between viewers about the show’s plot and characters, many have commended its cinematography and the “amazing” visual effects and images.
Despite this consensus among critics (83% fresh), the audience score is dismal (37% at the time of writing) as shown by comments left on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
Rings of Power Divides Fans and Critics
Early reviews of Rings of Power were positive, praising the big-budget fantasy series as a close companion to Peter Jackson’s original film trilogy while praising its epic scope and high drama.
According to CBR’s Sam Stone, “the power of its ensemble cast” and “the variety of people and their separate journeys is what keeps The Rings of Power fascinating and fresh, even in its inevitable slower times as it lays the stage for its epic tale
According to reports, Amazon Prime Video spent an estimated $465 million on the first season of The Rings of Power.
The Rings of Power is a proposed 50-hour, 5-season series based on the characters and universe of Middle-earth created by JRR Tolkein and set during the Second Age, many centuries before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
J.A. Bayona, the series’s director, has hinted that the prequel is so massive that it defies classification as television. Bayona remarked, “The Rings of Power is not television.” We’re inventing a whole new category here.
When asked how their prequel series differs from Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings feature trilogy, showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay echoed Bayona’s sentiments in an interview.
The action sequences in The Rings of Power will be greater than “any broadcast or streaming show we’ve ever seen.” The creators of the new series have said that while it would be different from other adaptations, it still has “deep roots” in Tolkien’s original work.
Every Thursday, Prime Video will upload a brand new episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
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