If you are a teen-age boy, a nerd, or someone who spends way too much time playing video games then “Warcraft” is the movie for you. If you are not, run don’t walk away from this film. Based on the popular video game, “Warcraft” this film definitely targets 12-30 year old nerds but mostly teen-age boys.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth faces annihilation from fearsome Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.
The film stars Travis Fimmel as Auduin Lothar, Paula Patton as Garona, Ben Foster as Medivh, Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Toby Kebbell as Durontan, Ben Schnetzer as Khagar, and Anna Galvin as Draka.
I want to talk about the good things about this movie first. The sets, the costumes and the make-up were extraordinary and the visual effects were excellent. I loved the sets. The crew that created the sets made you feel like you were in a fairy land. The make-up and costume crews spent an amazing amount of time working on the Orcs and the results were astonishing.
Now, for the things that was less than spectacular. Where to start? The story. The writing in this film is not just bad. It is horrible. The screenplay was written by Duncan Jones and Charles Levitt based on a story and characters by Chris Metzen.
First, aliens invading earth, really, how many times have we seen that? A million times? Wouldn’t it be nice if we invaded some other planet for a change? The portal thing was done in “Stargate” and then again in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” much more effectively. They even have a gryphon straight out of the Harry Potter series. Azeroth looked and felt so much like Middle Earth from the “Lord of the Rings.” Lots of things felt like they came from Middle Earth. Please, can’t you think of anything original? Nothing was original in this film it has all been seen before.
Now, about the acting: at best in was adequate but more often failed. Several lines were delivered for comic relief but no one was laughing. Part of that was the sound. It was difficult to hear because often the music or the sounds of battle drown out what the actor was saying.
There was tons of battle. If you love fighting, then this is the movie for you. People were smashing, chopping and basically killing each other right and left. It was difficult to tell who are why they were killing or being killed.
Unless you play the video game, “Warcraft,” don’t bother with this film. You will be lost.
“Warcraft” opens tomorrow at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium.