Sound Off: Duncan Jones' 'Warcraft' Movie - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 10, 2016
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Our hope is destroyed; there is nothing to go back to. Is war the only answer? " Now playing in theaters worldwide is Duncan Jones' adaptation of the popular Blizzard video game Warcraft (or World of Warcraft), pitting Orcs against Humans in the kingdom of Azeroth. The full ensemble cast includes Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, and Ruth Negga. So how is it? Best video game adaptation yet or not? Better than most are saying, or much worse? Is it for the fans of the games only? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jones' Warcraft.
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To fuel the fire, as much as I seriously wanted to enjoy Warcraft it's a really big mess. There are some very fun moments, and not so fun almost cringe-worthy moments. I respect what Duncan Jones pulled off, he tried his best to make a damn good movie that honored the universe and the games. He even tried putting in a diverse cast of characters, with some emotional aspects worked into the story, but it never really comes together. Too much of it jumps around, lacks coherence, and it attempts to cover more ground than actually possible. It seems so much of it is designed to continue right into the sequel, and thus it doesn't feel like a movie with an engaging story to follow. Even the battle scenes weren't that great, when they should've been.
My favorite character is actually Durotan, he seemed to have more depth than just about any other character in the entire movie. As my friend pointed out afterwards, Lothar seemed more like a humble stoner when he wasn't in battle; and none of the humans ever really seemed that badass or competent until they put on their armor and started swinging swords. I was very happy to see Ruth Negga in a small role, she's very talented but was underutilized. Paula Patton is great but had a weak script to work with, so her character seems all over the place. I pretty much hated Ben Foster as Medivh, but that was part of the setup for his character. So much potential that was lost in the mix, and the result is a mediocre movie that I likely won't be revisiting.
What did you think of Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie? Totally awful or absolutely incredible?
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