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%
want to see

Reviews & comments

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.

0
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
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
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
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).

0
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
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

0
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

2.0
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
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.

0
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
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
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
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).

0
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
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

0
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

2.0
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0