Should You See It: Warcraft

Blizzard Entertainment realizes the long time dream of bringing one of their properties to movie theaters this week with the opening of Warcraft. The film, directed by Duncan Jones (the son of the late musician David Bowie) is based on the 1994 real-time strategy game for the PC. The movie, true to the game features clashes between orcs and humans. The game spawned the massively successful MMORPG World of Warcraft which at one time had over 12 million users world-wide.  The plot of the Warcraft film revolves around the attempts of the orcs to find a new home world after they have destroyed their own. The orc horde has set it’s sights on Azeroth as their new home. The cast faithfully brings to life Warcraft stalwarts such as Guldan (Danile Wu), Durotan (Toby Kebbell), Orgrim Doomhammer (Robert Kazinsky), Black Hand (Clancy Brown) and the half-orc Garona (Paula Patton) The effects used to bring the performances of the films stars to life is very well implemented. In many ways the film is a visual masterpiece. The orcs are hulking and very much intimidating, but the performances give them a spark of life. I found myself forgetting I was looking at cgi characters. Not to be out done the humans had some very solid performances of their own. Travis Fimmel of T.V.’s Vikings fame, portrays Anduin Lothar the films main protagonist. Fimmel does a great job of bringing Lothar to life on the big screen. Ben Schnetzer is also great as Khadgar. Ben Foster is equally fantastic as the guardian Midivh, the mage protector of the seven kingdoms.

So should you see it? If you are a fan of fantasy films, Yes. If you are a fan of the Warcraft Universe, the film is an absolute must-see. If you are not a fan of the genre or the Warcraft universe the film will more than likely not change your mind. If you’re looking for a fun almost summer film, Warcraft is highly recommended.

Review:  ★★★★☆

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