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Movie Review: Warcraft – A Dreadfully Boring Film

By Salil Sand / Published on Friday, 10 Jun 2016 13:18 PM / No Comments

warcraft-01Warcraft is all about an evil sorcerer named Guldan (Daniel Wu). Humans are led by King Llane (Dominic Cooper), his brother-in-law Lothar (Traveis Fimmel), guardian Medivh (Ben Foster) and a rebel Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer).

To combat Guldan and his hordes, they form an alliance with Durotan (Toby Kebbell), who dislikes the evil magic of Guldan and Garona (Paula Patton), a former slave of Guldan who can speak the language of humans. The World of Warcraft online game apparently had 12 million players at its peak, and Warcraft is the adaptation of the same game.

If the trailer of Warcraft gave you the faintest hope that the film will be a welcome break from Hollywood’s usual fare of uninspired screen adaptations of video games, by the climax you’ll know it was all wishful thinking as the film ends up being a torturous experience.

There is magic, wizards, spells, majestic birds and mystical places. Director Duncan Jones is every bit sincere, doing his best to find the film an emotional anchor, but falls flat. For anyone unfamiliar with the fantasy game’s characters and story lines, Warcraft is little more than eye candy, a visual spectacle with a backbone of well-trod genre tropes.

There’s just no way to become as invested during a two hour movie as a gamer who’s spent years, maybe even decades, immersed in the rituals and traditions of the worlds of Warcraft. The Warcraft mythology is extensive and rich, as it would have to be to sustain five video games and a series of novels.

That’s a lot of lore to pack into one movie, though this film is clearly set up for a sequel should the audience demand it. Warcraft is a film that should be completed avoided as the film is neither engaging nor is it entertaining.

Rating: Half

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