Warcraft has always been near and dear to my heart. I spent the better part of my childhood playing Warcraft I and II, and ended up developing a series of mods for Warcraft III itself. To say I’m an ardent fan of the lore and universe is an understatement. However, I had very mixed and borderline negative thoughts when I first heard about the Warcraft movie. I expected a disaster, and something not unlike that of Uwe Boll’s Blood Rayne. However, throwing caution to the wind and embracing an inner fanboy like desire I made the trek with my family to go see the film.
Generally speaking the movie had a diverse range of characteristics that went in it’s favor, and then a group that happened to irritate me as a fan of the lore. But, was the good enough to outweigh the bad and compel a movie that has had mass critical backlash into my heart? I’ll go through and cover in depth these various attributes in depth as we go forward.
So, starting with the visual aspects of the movie. I absolutely adored this particular version, and I felt numerous aspects from the various looks of the orcs and characters were faithful to their source material. I had minor complaints when it came to who they chose to cast as the characters such as Travis Fimmel being a bit young to play Lothar. But, over-all the visuals were faithful to their source material and did a great job bringing the universe to light. Interesting touches included giving elves a look of addiction, and ethereal appearance as opposed to their more stereo-typical look in the actual games. Something that really stood out above all other things was the sheer attention to detail when it came to represent buildings and cities and bringing them to life in a visual sense that meshed with the source material. All in all this is probably the best part of the film, and made this aspect a real treat.
The story-line diverged in several ways from it’s source but the ultimate outcome of the various events came to fruition and the only real complaint I had was that the film threw a lot of characters and expected the audience to have an understanding of who and what these people were. Now it’s one thing to have a deep setting, but it’s entirely another to create a narrative and then have disjointed characters that are only fleshed out if you have experience with the books or games a subject is based on. As such I felt that this was probably one of the worst parts of the film, and what I would have recommended they improve.
However, when it comes down to it the real question is was the film enjoyable, despite it’s shortcomings? The answer is an overwhelming yes. The film was action packed, and there was not a single dull moment. Throughout the entire film you are treated to new locales, changing environment due to the corruption of the Burning Legion, and intense battle scenes between Orcs and Humans. Isn’t that all one could really expect from a Warcraft movie? To showcase the brutal and epic war between orcs and men dying for their particular causes and leaders? As such I greatly enjoyed the film, and would highly recommend it to any other fans of the series even with it’s breaks from lore.
I give Warcraft The Movie Four Panther Heads out of Five.