This is a part of my reboot, to watch more TV/Films. I made a commitment that i would buy at least 1 film a month that i have not seen before and watch it. This month it is...
Many years ago, i was addicted to World of Warcraft. I played Warcraft 1 when it first came out, but never really got into the others. When WoW came out, i was heavily into MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games). I played both Alliance and Horde and spent FAR too many hours playing it. Eventually i got bored and gave up, after a couple of years playing. Even though i played for a long time, i didn't really pay much attention to the lore of the world. I enjoyed playing a Hunter, Thief and Mage. I liked mining for resources and teaming up with mates for a night of fun.
When it was announced that a Warcraft movie was due, i was happy. I thought it would be right up my street. However, the reviews were not promising. At £10 a ticket, i decided to leave it until i could get a rental. However, more time passed and i ended up getting the Blu-ray for about the same price as a cinema ticket.
I will say now, i enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed the setting, the colourful setting, the CGI of the Orcs, the inside acknowledgements etc. This was an enjoyable film.
Stormwind looked amazing and reminded me a lot of the game, as did a lot of the other aspects of the film. The Gateway, the Orc towers, the bridges etc, everything was faithful to the game. It even had a murloc fishing. As i stated, i was not a massive lore person, but i did know the world and liked how it was presented.
The story was not what i thought it would be either. Based on the adverts, it looked like the Orcs and Humans would alliance together - but this turned out not to be. This was good, as it would have turned Warcraft on its head.
The Orcs were brilliant. I loved the CGI of them, their fighting attitudes, and some of the ways they attack each other is amusing. The humans looked the part as well, and i have no complaints there.
My main critism of the film was the slight love interest between Lothar and Garona. It was brief, so not too bad there. Another was the editing of the film. In some cases the story moved VERY slowly, other, too fast. It also didn't really end. Maybe this is setting up a sequel, or this was part of the game. I am not 100% sure, but it did knock off a star in my rating.
All in all, a movie that i am glad i now own on blu-ray and will be watching again in the future. 8/10 stars.