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Warcraft Movie Review

Friday again, and not only is there a weekend coming, but there are a few movie reviews coming, and they’re presented by our friends over at FatCats Gilbert on Greenfield and Baseline. The hi light of the week is always going to FatCats Gilbert to see the latest releases because they have the most comfortable seats in the valley, not just because they are friends with us, but because they have the perfect cushion and reclining angle to feel right at home watching a movie!

First up today we ave Warcraft. I actually saw this movie second last night, but I’m writing this review first. I was really looking forward to Warcraft. I love Duncan Jones. I think he is phenomenal. If you aren’t familiar with his name, he has directed movies like Source Code and Moon, and he is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated directors from a visual and sci-fi standpoint. I have never played Warcraft before, and I have kind of actively avoided it because I just wasn’t very interested, but with Duncan Jones on to direct, I was actually getting revved up for this movie. Also, we all know the idea that video game movies carry with them. There are not many, if any, that are even good. Mortal Kombat is a movie I can sit back and eat some chicken strips to, but other than that, I don’t typically go for video game movies. If you want to count it as a video game movie, I guess my favorite is Wreck-It Ralph, so I’m not a big video game movie guy, but nevertheless, I was looking forward to see if Duncan Jones could turn it around, so let’s talk about it!

Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones and stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Kebbell. During an all-out, winner-take-all war with the humans, the leader of the orcs is attempting to open a portal to the human world and claim the land as his own to bring his people to a fruitful existence. A fierce human warrior and an orc who sees error in his leader’s way decide that they must join forces to be able to put the war to an end and secure the safety of both of their species.

As I always do, let’s start with the positives. This movie looked good. Yup. So I’ve seen The Jungle Book. That’s not enough anymore. What else have you got for me, Warcraft? I’m not impressed by a movie that merely looks good and has solid visuals. I, at least, need a story and characters, and I just didn’t get anything from this movie. I hated this movie. I hated every single second of it. Let’s start with the plot. What even happened in this movie? Can someone please explain it? I knew more about this movie going into it than I did walking out, and I watched both trailers once. I don’t even remember what was in either trailer, and I was still in a better position than I am now. This is such an inside movie that I don’t see how anyone who hasn’t spent countless hours playing Warcraft could find any enjoyment in it. I mean, I’m a normal guy. I’m nothing special. I live an everyday life, and I think that 99.99% of people could say just about the same thing. We go to movies to escape, see artistic value, and connect to something that can transcend me to the next level in my life. I didn’t want to escape my every day life. I wanted to escape the theater. I didn’t find anything that I could even remotely relate to simply because there is nothing there. There is no substance to this movie, and there is so much sloppiness being thrown around like the movie is playing dodgeball with itself. I didn’t understand the characters, I didn’t understand the plot, and forget about any continuity in this movie because the more I learned, the less I knew, if that makes any sense whatsoever. To me, it makes more sense than this movie. I guess I’m just upset because I feel like this wasn’t made for the public. It has transcended the idea of video game movies being bad and has just gone into poor storytelling with no emotion.

Let’s bounce from that to the characters. They are all so flat and have no depth whatsoever. I could literally not have cared less about ANY of the characters. I backwards cared about them. I cared that I had to watch them because it’s just them saying and doing things with no depth for two hours, and none of it makes any sense. I especially did not care about the humans or anything that they were doing because it was absolutely nothing I could relate to, and the movie gave me no reason to like them. There was one character I even slightly cared for, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but it still gave me no reason to get into this movie. I was just bored out of my mind because it is a constant flinging of ideas that don’t build off of each other and don’t use each other to piece together a story. I don’t want to say that movies should be made for everybody because I don’t think that. I think that there are target audiences for every movie, but oh my goodness. I couldn’t even begin to try to comprehend anything because it is such an insider game. I haven’t played Warcraft, and I haven’t looked into the story. I feel like this movie basically told me that it sucks to be me. It sucks to be someone who isn’t completely fluent in the language of the orcs or whatever language they speak because sometimes they speak English and sometimes they don’t, and you never know when they will. They speak English at very odd times, and they speak to people who have never heard of orcs in their life in their orc language which is being vaguely translated by a character I hope I never have to see on-screen again.

I think I’ve said my peace, so I’m just going to score it. I’m going to give Warcraft a 1/10.

I’m really frustrated right now. I hate to write bad reviews because my dream is to be a piece of the puzzle in production of a movie one day whether it is as an actor, director, screenwriter, visual effects artist, producer, or any of the other countless jobs to do while working on a film, and I know it’s not easy to make a movie. I know that it is one of the most difficult things to do. It’s the reason I can appreciate the incredible movies, and it’s the reason I try not to ever go off on a movie the way I did in this review. I just couldn’t stand watching this movie, which is insane in my mind because doing anything that has to do with movies including writing about, watching, talking about, and hopefully one day making, is why I get out of bed in the morning. It’s the reason I want to be alive. Anyways, have you seen Warcraft? What did you think? Comment down below and let me know, because as much as it may not seem like it, even if you think this movie was a masterpiece, I want to know. This week I also reviewed The Conjuring 2 which you can check out by clicking right HERE, and I should have my review for Now You See Me 2 very soon, so stick around for that. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

PHOTO: Screen Rant

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm