So let’s talk Warcraft. For those of you who don’t know, Warcraft is a Blizzard Entertainment game that was introduced a long time ago. I’m talking early 90’s here. It was a strategy game that captivated lots of gamers, myself included. The lore of the Warcraft universe is extensive, but most people know the story from the games. Humans live in Azeroth with other races like Elves and Dwarves, but this isn’t a remake of the Lord of the Rings. It’s not The Hobbit 2.0 either. Warcraft has its own story. Yes, it has Orcs and Humans, but they are different than the ones you see in other stories.
So what is Warcraft about? It’s the story of the battle between Humans and Orcs. The home of the Orcs is dying. With the help of a powerful wizard, they come to Azeroth, where the Humans live. Queue the music, and let the action begin; welcome to Warcraft, the movie.
In my opinion, this is probably the best video game movie adaptation I have ever seen. I’m hoping Assassin’s Creed can top them, but I doubt it. For starters, Warcraft employs CGI effects that rival Avatar. The visuals of the Orc in the first scene are stunning. The visual detail makes you believe he’s real. It’s that good. It’s one of the reasons I’m giving this movie 9.5 out of 10. People forget how hard it is to make special effects look this good. I mean, it’s not something you can just go watch a few YouTube videos about, and then go H.A.M. on your computer. It took James Cameron how long to make Avatar? Yeah, exactly. Of course, with a budget of over $160 million, it’s not surprising that the CGI is top notch.
With any great movie comes great sound effects. The sound effects in this movie were also astounding. The soundtrack at every battle scene pulled me deeper into the battles. Throughout this movie, I smiled like a child at every instance of a battle. The epic sounds of war engulf your ears while you watch in awe. All I can equate it to is eating that first spoon of ice cream on a hot day. It’s freaking good stuff.
I used to play World of Warcraft, which by the way this movie isn’t about, and yet I found myself having a craving to go back to the game. Honestly that’s what you want from a video game movie. You want something that will pull you back.
As far as story and plot, biggest complaint I have heard is massive amount of information that’s hurled at you at the beginning. Honestly how can you get people caught up to the Warcraft lore without it? Of course if you’re a fan of the Warcraft games, you’ll recognize a lot of places pretty easily. If you don’t recognize it the subtitles help.
The acting in this movie was fantastic. The Orcs did a great job, as you can feel their emotions and empathize with them. The Humans… eh they weren’t amazing but they are not as bad as the critics make them out to be. I mean have you read some of these other reviews? Normally a movie gets knocked because the CGI is horrible (*cough* X-Men: Apocalypse *cough*). However, when the CGI is great its over looked. Usually you will hear people say: “Yeah. It was great. NOW LOOK AT THIS ISSUE!” Seriously? Some of the early reviews have bashed this entire movie as a failure due weak story and editing failures. Oh wait did nobody tell them that Warcraft isn’t a romantic movie? Yeah… It’s not supposed to have romance. It’s an Epic War Movie. The Movies name is War…Craft I think the name speaks for itself.
So do I think you guys should go check out Warcraft? Absolutely. Not because I’m a fan boy of the gaming series, but because it’s just a really good movie. It’s no Deadpool…. but it’s pretty kick ass. Go Check it out and let me know what you guys think about it. And check out our Episode 9 Podcast where we will discuss it at full length probably yelling and screaming our own opinions. Please listen to episode 9 coming out next week.