Out of morbid curiosity (as I'm not an avid gamer or fan of the franchise) this was turned on - with catastrophically disappointing results. Fantasy media is on the rise and practical (as well as digital) effects are of such a high quality now that it is genuinely mind-boggling that such a pitiful film was made with so much money. Fragmented, with a cheap aesthetic and virtually no humanity. Absolute trash.
Pleasure without guilt. I see nothing wrong with this. A narrative that starts from the point of view of an orc? Refreshing. And I have never played the game and I am not interested in ever playing it. Quite entertaining and nicely done.
It's odd how, in a post-'Rings', post-'Thrones' world, a talented film maker manages to drop the ball so horrendously in a front of an audience not only accepting but hungry for dense visual fantasy. As is ever the case, a piss-weak story is its faultline, but cheap sets, terrible CGI and a claustrophobic sense of space only add to the pain.
Anything not CG looks out of place; no getting around it. It looks like cosplay stars walked into the middle of a cutscene (a lush, vibrant cutscene, but still). A shame, because otherwise I actually kinda dug this, and I haven't played the games since "Tides of Darkness." The exposition is heavy, but the primary focus is character -- the lumbering orcs, with their expressive childlike features, were a highlight.
There was a time...a very very long time ago...when people was clamoring upon hearing the news of a WARCRAFT movie adaptation. And even more so when it was announced that Duncan Jones is attached to direct it.
A very hopeful past. People dancing in the street. Fireworks in every corner of the world. The sun seems to be warmer for each and each day
No one would knew that it would come to this.
At first it simply felt like I was missing the Cliff notes to understand the plotting until I realized the script writers probably felt the same way. It's been awhile since a film looked as fake as this with the CGI failing throughout especially when intermixed with the live action.
as a non-fan, it didn't really pique my interest whatsoever to the characters, plot, story, even the CGI. It felt like a super long trailer for a game. Plus, what's with the super bright palette?? the sky was the most creepiest I ever see.
Lots of character names to catch up on for a novice to a video game film despite how distinguished the actors are at playing the characters. The action sequences are not a huge plus when it's better getting to know the major players and hard to tell what their purpose is and how it effects the story with too many threads of story over a conflict between two races and a clash of good and evil power.