I’m going to go on record and say Warcraft was the best movie of the summer no one bothered to see. According to the box office it was a major flop, which on one level I can kind of understand. Ever since Peter Jackson turned The Lord Of The Rings into three superb movies that’s pretty much been the last word on fantasy flicks. And here comes Warcraft mining the same territory with a world full of elves, dwarves, magical fauna, orcs and magic-users. I know, I know, we’ve seen it all before, but Warcraft put it’s own unique spin on the subject matter. I guess it still suffered from that been-there-done-that vibe. I’m not into video games, so I can’t compare how the movie did in adapting it. All I’ve ever known of Warcraft was that it was a video game. That’s it. Maybe the lovers of the game didn’t think the movie held up, or maybe their demographic wasn’t enough to make it a success even though they loved it? All I can do is reiterate that Warcraft, for me, was the best tent pole flick of summer 2016 with a story that was much more satisfying than any of the super hero flicks DC and Marvel put out this year. Yeah, I thought it was that good!
In this world there’s a lethal kind of magic in existence called the Fel, and it kind of acts like a form of psychic vampirism, a concept that doesn’t get enough love in horror films, if you ask me. Wielding the Fel you can suck the the very life from any living organism and if you so choose can take that life and instill it into something dead to make it live again, but this is essentially an evil form of magic and those eager to use it end up being corrupted.
One of the things I loved about this movie is that it’s told from both sides. You follow characters on the orc side as well as the human side, and there is a faction of these invading orcs who think their Fel wielding leader, Gul’dan (Mo-capped bu Daniel Wu), is the real enemy and not the human dimension they’re invading. This movie tells the first contact humans had with orcs and orcs are not of the same dimension humans live in. The orcs are invading our world because Gul’dan has essentially “drained” their current world of all life, but the thing is the orcs cannot just invade, they have to be invited in. Yes, there’s a traitor on the human side who has helped in opening up a portal for them to come through. The second thing I loved about this flick is even though there’s a lot of good and evil there’s also a lot of gray, and some of our bad guys are really good guys and vice-versa, but our “traitor,” even though he does fall into the “bad guy” category is the kind of bad guy who can understand.
Our other main characters come in the form of a young magic-user, Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer), who didn’t like his training much and left, but he’s supposed to be the new Guardian of this realm. The current one, Medivh (Ben Foster), has been in seclusion for a long, long time, and that’s only because there hasn’t been any Evil to contend with, until now!
Dominic Cooper plays King Llane Wrynn, Ruth Negge his Queen Taria Wrynn, Travis Fimmel plays Sir Anduin Lothar, who’s in charge of the military forces, and he has a son, Callan (Burkely Duffield), who’s in the military, too, and who meets an untimely end at the hands of orc Blackhand (Mo-capped by Clancy Brown). Don’t worry Lothar gets revenge at the end. Caught between two worlds is half-orc, Garona (Paula Patton), who’s more human looking. So that would mean at some point the orcs must have encountered a human at some point, though that is never gone into. The CGI is near perfect when it comes to the depiction of the orcs, the primary ones were all motion captured by aforementioned actors, Clancy Brown, Danial Wu, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell and Anna Galvin. I loved all of these characters and the actors who played them!
Back on September 27th Universal released Warcraft on separate five separate editions: A Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy, a solo DVD, a 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy, a 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/Digital HD and a Warcraft Exclusive – Bonus 8 Collectible Character Cards (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital) edition.
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 2.40:1 high definition widescreen—7.1 English Dolby Atmos 7.1 English Dolby TrueHD 7.. 5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital, 5.1 French Dolby Digital—English SDH, French, Spanish
Extras included . . .
- Deleted/Extended Scenes (13:57 )
- Gag Reel (3:25)
- The World of Warcraft on Film: Origin Story (4:54); The World of Talent (5:35); The World of VFX (5:09); Outfitting a World (6:16); The World of Mo-Cap (6:50); The World of Stunts (5:06).
- The Fandom of Warcraft (6:36): A look at Blizzard’s and Warcraft‘s die-hard fans.
- Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic (53:47)
- Warcraft: The Madame Tussauds Experience ( 7:32)
- ILM: Behind the Magic of Warcraft (2:59)
- Warcraft Teaser – 2013
I wish this movie had made money because it ends with the potential of more to come and some crucial events unfold that really need a second chapter.