Warcraft, the much anticipated movie based on the Blizzard game of the same name, came out on June 10 to a lot of negative reviews from nearly everyone online. Well, let me be one of the people to stand up and say, "Do not listen to those people." I went and saw Warcraft opening weekend and I absolutely loved it. I saw it in 3D, which I would suggest everyone sees it this way at least once. And while it was a touch jarring when you first start the movie, the 3D becomes much more fluid as the movie goes on. I'm not sure why, though I feel the lighting and colors of the opening might have been a factor.
The movie follows the story of the very first interaction between the Horde, led by the Orc Warlock Gul'dan (played by Daniel Wu, best known for playing Sunny on Into the Badlands), and the Humans, led by King Llane Wrynn (played by Dominic Cooper, best known as playing a young Howard Stark in Captain America and Agent Carter). The stars of this movie, however, are Travis Fimmel, playing the Human Warrior Anduin Lothar, Paula Patton, playing the Garona Halforcen, and Toby Kebbell, playing Durotan chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan. Each of them brings life and meaning to each of the roles, especially those playing the Orcs. Each person has their own motivations driving them forward, and no one is necessarily good or evil. Even Gul'dan, largely seen as a villain throughout the movie, does the horrible things he does for the betterment of the Orcs, his people.
Without going into too much detail, this movie is simply stunning. The visuals are amazing. The orcs look like they're absolutely real, the locations are breathtaking, and the magic is gorgeous. I will admit, the dwarves appeared to be somewhat of an afterthought, especially when compared to the orcs, but no matter. Some might say that there was no real resolution to the plot, but those people don't seem to be able to look past what's directly in front of them and see the bigger picture that's being laid out in front of them.
I will also speak, briefly, on those people that unfairly compare it to Lord of the Rings. I say unfairly, because it's obvious that the film and the game were both inspired by Lord of the Rings. But this is not something trying to become the next Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or whatever else people want to compare it to. It's Warcraft. It's doing its own thing its own way.
Warcraft is the best first step we've gotten in a new potential movie franchise since Director Fury first spoke to Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative. As great as this movie was, the next movie in line can only become that much better.
I don't normally do this, but I give this movie a 9.0/10. There was hardly anything that could have been improved upon, other than the visuals of the dwarves. And I leave you, now, with a hint at my guilty pleasure scene: RwlRwlRwlRwl