Review: The Wheel of Time

Instigating how fanciful epics, despite supposedly being considered more audience-oriented products, are hugely popular with the general public.

Only filmmaker Peter Jackson has developed two (!) beloved film trilogies: The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003) and The Hobbit (2012 – 2014), both based on the work of JRR Tolkien. If we combine the box office revenues of the two franchises, we arrive at approximately six billion dollars!

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More recently, we had the series Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (2011 – 2019), a global phenomenon that gathered fans in droves in bars across cities around the world, eager to watch each of the episodes from the final seasons of the production. made by HBO. An ecstasy on the same level as a Fla-Flu or Derby Paulista.

Remembering that very soon we will have House of the Dragon, series that will serve as a prequel to Game of Thrones; as well as having a series based on The Lord of the Rings produced by Amazon Prime Video, set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events watched in both trilogies directed by Peter Jackson.

So witnessing a release the size of The Wheel of Time, based on the works of Robert Jordan, also an original Amazon Prime Video production, is no longer surprising. Although taking into account only the initial three episodes already released by the streaming platform, the impression is that the series serves more as an appetizer than a main course, clearly the new version of Tolkien’s works that arrive in the second half of 2022.

Meanwhile, The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful organization of women capable of using magic. She takes a group of four young men on a journey around the world, believing one of them to be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to either save the world or destroy it.

The Amazon Prime Video platform released three of the eight chapters promised for this first season, already scheduling one a week to premiere until December 24th, the date before Christmas.

Developed by Rafe Judkins, we see a narrative that goes with many other epic productions of similar style, noting that this one has a considerably smaller budget compared to the others mentioned above.

Therefore, it is very practical to appreciate A Roda do Tempo, especially if you are already a fan of the genre, as it presents all those basic ingredients that go straight to the heart of the fan. We have battles with swords (and other weapons), magic, nasty monsters and other mythological beings, romance, mystery, and that good old-fashioned idea of ​​always having ‘one chosen’, being endowed with great strength or powers, capable of stopping all conflict that assails the beings that inhabit that specific fantasy world.

And, at least for now, it doesn’t go much further than that. Remembering that there are still five episodes to close this first part of The Wheel of Time by Amazon Prime Video, in other words, there is still a long way to go.

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They are rooted to take advantage of the talents of English actress Rosamund Pike (Education; Jack Reacher – The Last Shot; Exemplar Girl), who has already appeared in three productions this year: Radioactive, O Informante and Eu Me Importo. In this last one, we could observe one of the great performances of his entire career.

So let’s see what The Wheel of Time brings us to next Christmas Eve. Maybe an early gift?!

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