Remember nearly two and a half years ago when Warcraft, the film based on the highly-enjoyable, very popular MMO called World of Warcraft, charged into theaters? And remember when it turned out to be a flop, overall making a profit at least worldwide but proving the point that games can’t be turned into live-action films? Well, I missed Warcraft in the movie theaters two years ago but I did manage to see it when it was released digitally. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it at all. I was mortified that a game so epic could be turned into a movie so horrid and I vowed to never watch it again. Jump forward to this month and I somehow managed to get the nerve to watch it again.
Have you ever watched a movie, thought it was awful, and then watched it again and actually enjoyed it? Well, this was what I was hoping would happen on my second viewing of the film. It did not happen. I was able to enjoy it a little more than I did last time, for I was kind of able to grasp what the world was going on in its very confusing storyline, but overall I came away from the movie disappointed yet again.
And what makes it so agonizing is the film could’ve easily been a good movie but it had too many problems.
The story, as I said before, was downright confusing as it jumped from here to there and never landed on solid footing. Only those with extensive knowledge of the game’s lore will have even a slight idea of what’s going on and that is unfortunate.
The round-faced King of Stormwind is easily the lamest king I have ever witnessed in a movie. He can have a lead role on AMC’s original series, The Preacher all he wants but the moment he tries to become a king of a fantasy world, wearing armor that for some reason doesn’t fit, that’s when I clock out.
The main hero, Lothar, is no Aragorn (in the slightest.) He’s not even on par with Thorin, the dwarf king in The Hobbit trilogy. His scraggly beard is annoying to look at. His arrogant attitude isn’t engaging. And he’s just 100% not cool.
The mage/villain of the movie looks more like a hippy Jesus rather than a powerful wizard.
Oh, I could go on and on about how much the casting for this film annoys me but that would take all day. Ultimately, it’s the casting (at least for the humans) that ruins the movie. The characters weren’t well written enough as it was, but with subpar actors portraying those poorly written characters, it didn’t make things any better.
My Conclusion of the Film
If the movie had just been about the orcs it would’ve been so much more enjoyable, for the writers focused so much on their side of the story that they forgot to put the same enthusiasm into the humans’ storylines. Unfortunately, the film’s lackluster storytelling ruined the movie pretty quickly and this movie will remain a waste of extreme potential for the next Lord of the Rings-quality set of fantasy films.
What would I give this movie? 75 out of 100 and 3 out of 5 stars. It’s an average movie that you may be able to slightly enjoy if you need a subpar matinee film to watch. If you’re looking for a movie worth your time, however, skip this one. It’s not worth wasting the brain cells.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.