Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Callum Keith Rennie
Warcraft” is a dream, medieval-ish, science fiction activity show. Despite the fact that created for its computer game fans, who are acquainted with the Warcraft universe, the film starts in a clear way, most likely for the uninitiated.
It sets the tone of the contention to take after: A war between a human fighter and an orc warrior with a voiceover which suggests that the genuine adversary lies past this conflict.
At that point with hardly a pause in between, the account hops starting with one area then onto the next, presenting characters from the Warcraft universe. These edge on turning into an over-burden of data for the individuals who are not acquainted with Warcraft legend, but rather all things considered it drives you the heart of the contention which is confused yet fascinating.
As the story goes, Draenor, the home of the Orcs is kicking the bucket. Gul’dan, the green-cleaned pioneer of the Orcs, who wields an enchantment called Fel, guarantees his tribe Horde another, rich universe of Azeroth. In any case, inferable from Gul’dan’s detestable state of mind, there is friction between the Orcs, lead by Durotan, the chieftain of the Frostwolf group.
Then again, the people understand that they are assaulted and that the Hordes would soon come and settle in their property. How they arrange their peace with the assistance of Garona a half-human half-orc slave and Khadgar a youthful chap who has learnt dark enchantment, frames the essence of the story….
The plot is not out of the ordinary. But it is the characters that enhance the viewing experience. Orc protagonist Durotan is a delightful balance of brutally vicious and honourable. As an orc war-chief, he speaks meaningfully and acts with a courtesy that belies his beefy appearance. The orcs may seem brutish, but they still respect and stick to their traditions. As a result, the film’s portrayal of the orcs is not only faithful to the lore, but surprisingly produces characters who feel much more relatable and likeable than the human compatriots they share scenes with.
The humans in “Warcraft” are not as interesting as the orcs. With too many of them and with no back story to boot, the script only convolutes their presence. Some of them jump in only to disappear quickly, teleporting away and serving little purpose other than to move the plot ahead.
Half-orc Garona has extremely weak motivation. It is a shame that the film reaches for such faithful portrayals of the Warcraft universe’s characters, only to have their existence feel stiff or boring in the overarching story. It’s hard to care about the plight of the humans when the orc war-chief is trying to save his clan, his newborn son, and has to face the exploitation of his own people at the hands of a corrupt leader.
Apart from the orcs and humans, other races also make cameo appearances in the film.
Visually, the film is brilliant. The production design is interesting and the action sequences are beautifully choreographed. The computer generated images, which include motion-stop animation and special effects, are absolutely gorgeous. But unfortunately these visuals don’t match the precisions of the “Hobbit” trilogy, “Harry Potter” series or that of the “Lord of the Rings”.
Ramin Djawadi’s score and Wylie Stateman’s sound design are noteworthy.
Overall, “Warcraft” does not match real-life expectations, but would definitely appeal to its fans……..
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