Warcraft: The Beginning

Review: Warcraft: The Beginning

30 Jun 16

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 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. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

Easily one of the best aspects of the film is it’s visual effects. Every landscape in the movie, from the orc lands to Azeroth was visually stunning. We get to see the different parts of Azeroth and it’s high fantasy at it’s core with sharp rugged mountains, deep rocky valleys to lush forestry and architecturally impressive castles. The setting was done extremely well.

An addition to the impressive visuals are the orcs themselves. They looked incredible on screen and every major orc is identifiable. The acting behind the CG costumes were also impressive as the orcs are given distinct emotions which allows us as the audience to empathize with the orc characters. Their part of the story is well written and very compelling.

Though the orcs we’re a strong point of this movie, unfortunately it’s the opposite for the humans. Apart from the main character Anduin, played by Travis Fimmel, every main human character is dull and one-dimensional. From the King to the Queen to the guardian, played by Ben Foster, they were disappointingly uninteresting.

The movie was unexpectedly heavy in drama and simply put it’s a dark movie. This of course did not resonate well on screen and did not blend in well with it’s colourful characters. For a two hour film, you do feel the length of the film and that’s never a good sign especially for a fantasy film.

Overall Warcraft delivers with it’s amazing visuals and epic fight scenes but fails on the human’s side of the story. The writing was inconsistent as it is filled with great exciting parts but also filled with boring and dull expositions. For people who are fan of the games, they will undoubtedly enjoy this film but for people who hasn’t played any of the games or unfamiliar with the property they will have a harder time relating to this film and wouldn’t think much of it.