At first I thought this could be the next Lord of the Rings so I went in with an open mind. In the end, I always knew it wasn’t going to be as good as I wanted it to be, but it did still surprise me on a few fronts.
The characters are dirt. The cast was well-acted and while generic at times, full of emotion. Durotan was by far, the best character in the movie. He had genuine struggle, sympathy, development, and was full of inspiring courage.
Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, and Dominic Cooper all did admirable jobs in their respective roles. However, a majority of the characters were lifeless husks only meant to progress the action and push the movie deeper into fantasy cliches. It was really disappointing to see that the motion capture performances were far more human than the actual people. This made the motion capture performances powerful.
We also have a great villain or should I say villains. It was nice to see a bad guy who I can hate all the way through. The plot is a mixed bag. On one hand, it dives headfirst into a mythical world and this was a nice different treat. It doesn’t try and change the original source to fit a more realistic screen presence, but instead uses CGI to literally bring it to the screen.
On the other hand, the film is horribly predictable and it has very few originalities of its own. It once again falls on the cast to save this movie and most of the cast aren’t up to bat. However, the movie’s plot does have moments of genuine passion and another pro is it always keeps your attention.
It’s a visually stunning example of how far computer generated effects have come, but it really is just style over substance for the most part. Overall, Warcraft is a better video game adaptation, but it’s nothing special outside of that. 6.1/10