Having been exposed to the game only once, by watching one cinematic trailer that explained nothing, this can be said to have truly been my very first exposure to World of Warcraft. There is a reason why there aren’t many video game or computer game film adaptions, and while such reason can be greatly appreciated in this film, Warcraft is overall a decent sci-fi film. It is simply difficult to engage in a movie that often closely resembles nothing more than a computer game.
One can get lost while trying to differentiate whether your are actually watching a movie or just seeing someone play on a computer screen. Gamers might say this is good, I say otherwise. A movie is a movie, a game is a game. There is a thick line between these two and Warcraft does not seem to know where to draw it. It is easy to see the potential in the story, you can tell it is very good, and that there is a lot more to it. Sadly though, there is an abundance of storylines and characters that are not explained, and so the film moves incredibly fast leaving us, first timers, with many unresolved questions.
Being a sci-fi film, it relies heavily in special effects and live action animation, which are probably the most successful elements and what make the movie worth your time. However, do not expect anything else. Acting is average, the story is good but incomplete, and the screenplay is nothing remarkable. There doesn’t seem to be any surprise elements, or any humor through the the film. Other than the large battles and substantial special effects, nothing seems to stand out. It seems that in their quest to direct a film that pleased their gamers but also attracted a new audience, Director Ben Foster got lost. Warcraft is a video game turn into a sci-fi live action film. Expect nothing more and nothing less.
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