Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft: The Beginning

Filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) directs this feature adaptation of the world-renowned fantasy videogame Warcraft.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonise another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

2016Rating: M, Fantasy violence123 minsUSA
ActionAdventureFantasyBlockbuster
90%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Even when you set aside the curse of the video game adaptation, Warcraft: The Beginning's status as the first really ambitious big screen fantasy since Jackson met Tolkien means the odds were always stacked against it.

3.0

What The Hell Just Happened

I went to a movie that was supposed to be big budget entertaining, simple story line, big battle scenes etc. What I got was disjointed, jumbled story telling with lame battle scenes / dynamics. I suspect it is for the Asian market where Warcraft is huge. I suspect if you play the game the affection for the characters will add some connection. But for me,...

2.0

Warcraft delivers with it’s amazing visuals and epic fight scenes but fails on the human’s side of the story.

Warcraft is one of the year’s highly anticipated movies. As the films tackles head on it’s high expectations from the fans of the video games. Will this epic-fantasy be able to satisfy the fans and likewise appeal to the general audiences? The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc...

3.0

review by a fan of the franchise

If your not a fan of the franchise you can listen to all the other reviews, however if you are a fan of the franchise i highly recommend seeing it. For me it was amazing, as in best movie i have seen in year, this i think is due to my knowledge of the characters and the world and story taking place in the movie. There are a couple of slight changes in the...

5.0

BoreDaft: The Yawning

Warcraft: The Beginning… “The Beginning”?! Say it ain’t so, because I don’t think I could take another one. Long, overblown, exposition-heavy, and downright dull, I haven’t had such a squirmingly bad time at the movies since the likes of John Carter of Mars, The Last Airbender, Tommorowland or every bloody Transformers sequel. If you liked those movies...

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

So good at making the most outlandish elements of his first two films seem completely credible, Jones can’t find a way to get this cartoony spectacle to soar.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Jones embraces Warcraft’s world with laudable commitment: but when it comes to charging it with life, sheer bulk gets the better of him.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With a tighter plot, a touch of humour and some peppier, less slab-fisted action scenes this might actually have worked...

2.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The pristine setting never meshes with Jones’s efforts to give emotional reality to his army of characters, who cannot escape their tropes: leader, hero, warrior woman, mystic.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set).

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Director Duncan Jones, a self-professed Warcraft fan, has clearly put a lot of love and care into fleshing out a story, but it’s questionable whether it was ever really merited...

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

What matters is the execution. And Jones executes bloody well.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there's plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones' video game adaptation.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The movie is character-driven every step of the way. That’s why... it casts a spell.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The ambition is laudible, but it's to little end. At once empty and impenetrable...

2.0
Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Even when you set aside the curse of the video game adaptation, Warcraft: The Beginning's status as the first really ambitious big screen fantasy since Jackson met Tolkien means the odds were always stacked against it.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

So good at making the most outlandish elements of his first two films seem completely credible, Jones can’t find a way to get this cartoony spectacle to soar.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Jones embraces Warcraft’s world with laudable commitment: but when it comes to charging it with life, sheer bulk gets the better of him.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With a tighter plot, a touch of humour and some peppier, less slab-fisted action scenes this might actually have worked...

2.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The pristine setting never meshes with Jones’s efforts to give emotional reality to his army of characters, who cannot escape their tropes: leader, hero, warrior woman, mystic.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set).

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Director Duncan Jones, a self-professed Warcraft fan, has clearly put a lot of love and care into fleshing out a story, but it’s questionable whether it was ever really merited...

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

What matters is the execution. And Jones executes bloody well.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there's plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones' video game adaptation.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The movie is character-driven every step of the way. That’s why... it casts a spell.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The ambition is laudible, but it's to little end. At once empty and impenetrable...

2.0

What The Hell Just Happened

I went to a movie that was supposed to be big budget entertaining, simple story line, big battle scenes etc. What I got was disjointed, jumbled story telling with lame battle scenes / dynamics. I suspect it is for the Asian market where Warcraft is huge. I suspect if you play the game the affection for the characters will add some connection. But for...

2.0

Warcraft delivers with it’s amazing visuals and epic fight scenes but fails on the human’s side of the story.

Warcraft is one of the year’s highly anticipated movies. As the films tackles head on it’s high expectations from the fans of the video games. Will this epic-fantasy be able to satisfy the fans and likewise appeal to the general audiences? The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc...

3.0

review by a fan of the franchise

If your not a fan of the franchise you can listen to all the other reviews, however if you are a fan of the franchise i highly recommend seeing it. For me it was amazing, as in best movie i have seen in year, this i think is due to my knowledge of the characters and the world and story taking place in the movie. There are a couple of slight changes in the...

5.0

BoreDaft: The Yawning

Warcraft: The Beginning… “The Beginning”?! Say it ain’t so, because I don’t think I could take another one. Long, overblown, exposition-heavy, and downright dull, I haven’t had such a squirmingly bad time at the movies since the likes of John Carter of Mars, The Last Airbender, Tommorowland or every bloody Transformers sequel. If you liked those movies...

1.0