FANS OF THE GAME WILL APPRECIATE THIS MOVIE!
alking into this movie I didn’t know what to expect from this film cause honestly I knew nothing about the game of the same title it’s based off. The Duncan Jones directed film is ten years in the making and had fans of the franchise salivating since it’s announcement in 2006. So what is this movie about?
WARCRAFT tells the story of a race of gigantic warrior humanoids called Orcs.They are led by a green-skinned Orc named Gul’dan (Daniel Wu) who promises to lead them to a new world called Azeroth. Gul’dan with the use of a dark magic called The Fel.
Gul’dan with use of his powerful magic unites all the clans and calls them the horde. His plan to travel through a large gate leading to Azeroth which requires Gul’dan to drain the life from prisoners to sustain the portal. Unfortunately for Gul’dan he doesn’t have enough sacrificial lambs to keep the portal open long enough for the entire horde to come through. So he leads a small group composed of the strongest Orcs into Azeroth to capture more prisoners to help sustain the portal. This is where Durotan (Toby Kebbell) chieftain of the Frostwolf clan comes into the story.
Durotan is very suspicious of his leader but still decides to follow him through the portal accompanied by his pregnant wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and friend Orgrim (Robert Kazinsky). During the journey through the portal Draka goes into labor and gives birth to their son Go’el with the help of Gul’dan. The baby orc is still-born but Gul’dan uses the fel to give the baby life turning him green unlike his parents. It’s there where Durotan begins to understand that his leader is the reason that his world is dying in the first place. Gul’dan leads the small band of Orcs in raids of towns in Azeroth taking humans prisoners. Now enters the human aspect of this film.
Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) who serves as the military commander of the kingdom of Stormwind, learns of the raids. He returns to Stormwind to see the bodies and is informed of a young mage Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) who was caught inspecting the bodies.
Khadgar informs Lothar and the King of Stormwind Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper) about the presence of the fel and insists that they seek the help of the help of the well-known guardian of Stormwind, Medivh (Ben Foster). They proceed to investigate and are ambushed by a bunch of Orcs. With the help of Medivh’s magic the Orcs that are infused with the fel are easily dispatched but Durotan, Orgrim, and Blackhand (Clancy Brown) the Horde’s war chief are not effected by the magic. They manage to escape but leave Garona (Paula Patton) a half-orc, who is chained to a dead orc. Lothar takes her as a prisoner and she agrees to help them thwart Gul’dan’s plans to bring the massive Orc army through the gate. Durotan notices the powerful magic and decides that’s the help he needs to take down Gul’dan and save his fellow Orcs.He meets with Lothar and decides to form a truce with his once human enemies.
Thus beginning the war between the war with Orcs that fans of the game franchise have to come to participate in for years.
WARCRAFT definitely shows it took 10 years to bring to life as it is a beautiful fantasy adventure which immediately draws you in from the jump. This film is definitely more for hardcore fans of game franchise as it really sticks to the script of the game. Folks who are not familiar with the franchise will probably look at this film as a hybrid version of Lord of The Rings as the there are many similarities between the franchises. I felt the same way watching the film and was very engaged and intrigued by the story and as the movie progressed it begins to separate itself from LOTR. There are moments where the film does drag but those are very few. The Orcs are not easy on the eyes BUT they translate beautifully on-screen, Garona’s character compared to the others just looked a bit more cheap due to her make-up but that can improve in future films. That doesn’t take away from Patton’s performance in the film which was strong as she is a very important character in the film.
There are also many occasions in the film where the film looks exactly like moments out of the game when they use overhead shots of the battles between the Orcs and humans.That touch should definitely have gamers oo’ing and ahh’ing at the screen.
Now the big question, is this film worth seeing in IMAX? Indeed it is, IMAX brings out what makes this film so unique visually and helps enhance all the hard work it took 10 years to make. So I highly recommend you see this film in that format or even in plain 3D. WARCRAFT has the potential to be one of the better movie franchises based of popular video games and there aren’t many of those. I can totally see more films in the WARCRAFT movie franchises future. That’s totally up you guys to make that happen though.
3.5 out of 5
WARCRAFT is in the theater’s now!
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