Flash Movie Review: Warcraft

Before I tell you my vivid memory about tasting chocolate for the first time, keep in mind I remember standing up in my crib and figuring out how I could climb out of it. That is as far back as some of my memories go. The chocolate was in the form of a baked cake in a 9X9 metal pan. From my very first bite I was hooked; with a spongy texture and no frosting on top, this first tasting started an avalanche of chocolate items coming into the house. Because I could not reach anything but the lowest shelf in the pantry, I could not reach any of the products like chocolate chip cookies or chocolate syrup that were kept on the higher shelves, without asking someone to get them for me. At the time I was around 1 ½ to 2 years old. Some may call it an obsession, I call it personal preference; but from that time whenever I am given the option I will always choose the one that has chocolate in it. I do not think I am unusual in this regards; don’t most of us gravitate towards things that give us pleasure or make us feel good? Example, one of my favorite musicals is Les Miserables. After seeing it for the first time, I had to own the soundtrack; then when the movie came out I had to own a copy of the DVD. Though different venues may not always work I enjoy when one of my favorite pastimes expands into another format; this is one of the reasons I want to travel to the Harry Potter theme park one day. So you see I can totally understand those who are into video games flocking to see this movie version of the popular game.   DESPERATE to leave their dying planet and find a new place to colonize, the Orc invade the peaceful realm of Azeroth. Losing the conflict meant one side’s total destruction or the other’s extinction. Starring Travis Fimmel (The Experiment, Vikings-TV) as Anduin Lothar, Paula Patton (Deja Vu, 2 Guns) as Garona, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, 3:10 to Yuma) as Medivh and Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Durotan/Antonidas; I cannot really say the acting was good or bad because the script presented all of them as 2 dimensional characters. This action adventure’s forte was the special effects. I think everything was CGI; my favorite look was the flying bird like creature. For a fantasy I thought the story was good; it made for perfect escapism. However, after the continuation of similar scenes I felt this film went on for far too long. From the trailer this movie looks like it would be fun and I guess on some level it was, but not enough to keep me thoroughly engaged with the story. And sadly it is obvious by the ending the movie studio is hoping to do a sequel. If that is the case may I suggest they bring in some drama, surprise and better dialog to bring in more than just gamers.

 

1 2/3 stars          

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 14, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. You’ve confirmed my suspicions. Granted, I’m not a gamer so I’ve inherently no interest in the Warcraft world but the trailer made the movie look limp. It’s especially disappointing since Jones is a brilliant director but I guess you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear of a screenplay. My younger three kids have been asking to go see this at the cinema. I’m not giving in and will save our money for more deserving movies.

  2. I have to agree with Laura(PA Pict) that not being a big gamer it’s not a big deal to me, I didn’t even know about this movie until yesterday when I saw the commercial. Obviously not a lot of attention was brought to it because the commercialism wasn’t too high on the list for getting the word out. It looked like a lot of the campy but fun 80’s fantasy movies I saw as a kid just with more enhanced graphics but I feel that it took so much away from it because you just know that the CGI is overdosing and gratuitous ya know? Not like back in the day when movies like Krull (Love it!) and Dragonslayer had costumes to be made for the film and people had to wear them, just like in the original Star Wars films, costumes, sets, REAL people! I miss those days in films, when people HAD to act more than now. So much is done on a green screen, CGI, your character is portrayed by someone else and you’re just the voice and if you do your own acting it’s minimal and the character depth is no greater than meeting a police officer in kindergarten. Sure there are many other movies that have a great amount of acting in them and good on those actors/actresses who play those characters but for movies like fantasy films like this and comic book movies there’s too much CGI and not enough depth and plot. It’s all muscle, glamour, glitz and tits (sorry for the verbiage) but it’s true, sex sells and so does BIGGER BETTER MORE MORE MORE these days. Let’s go back to making movies that have substance, story, depth, plot, and good real acting!

    • I’m with you all the way. So many films these days are depending on the special effects instead of the script. Also I feel marketing has ruined a good portion of the movie industry. Thank you for sharing your views; I deeply appreciate it.

      • Most welcome, I admire your take on the films I have read about so far and appreciate your straight forward no BS approach to it. Tell it like it is and if it offends someone then it offends someone. Can’t please everyone and you don’t hold back which is what we need more of!

      • Thank you I appreciate your words and gain strength from them.

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