Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the science fiction/fantasy film Warcraft. Warcraft is based on the widely popular video game by the same name.
I should let it be known that I have never played the game before, nor have I even seen the game played. I’m not a gamer. Not by any means. But I do love science fiction movies and this did look pretty cool from the trailers that I saw.
I watched this movie as a movie – not as a movie based on a video game (if that makes any sense). Sadly, I think maybe I should have learned more about the game before seeing the film because I got lost and had no idea what was going on half the time.
Even the names of the characters threw me off. I can’t pronounced them, let alone spell them.
Normally when I watch movies I try and give a little synopsis based on my own words. I don’t like to rely on pre-written synopsis unless I have to. In this case, I feel like the film’s synopsis is more direct and to the point (and I don’t have to stress over trying to spell the name right – ha ha).
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, an unlikely group of heroes is set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home.
There are humans, and then there are these humanoid creatures with huge tusks (for lack of better description) from the Orc realm.
The Orcs (humanoids with tusks) live in a realm (Draenor) that is rapidly dying. They need to evacuate their home before it’s too late.
The Orcs find a portal that takes them to another dimension realm. They come up with a plan to raid the new realm and take it over so the rest of their people can come over through the portal where they can continue to live and thrive.
The new realm is Azeroth where humans live. Now the people of Azeroth must fight to protect what is theirs. There are A LOT of battles to be fought, including one against a giant statue that comes to life.
Who will win the battle over Azerotha realm? Will the Orcs and the humans ever be able to live in peace with one another? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Warcraft, available today where ever movies are sold.
As I mention earlier, it was hard to really give much detail because I didn’t know how to spell a lot of thing (names mostly). I had to Google Azeroth just so I know I spelled it correctly.
I would consider this more of a “guy” film. I’m not suggesting that women don’t enjoy video games or sci-fi films. I think guys would enjoy all the pummeling more so than women will. Plus the sexy Paula Patton (as the character Garona) would appeal more so to the guys.
I honestly couldn’t follow along with much of the plot and characters, however the special effects are pretty cool. I also love the scenery that is set up for each the realms. They seemed very realistic in the film. I couldn’t tell what was real and what was computer generated (as far as the landscapes are concerned).
I found the movie to be entertaining, regardless of how confused I was. My husband is on the fence about it. He liked some aspects of the film but most of the time he was either asking me questions I couldn’t answer or pointing out weird things in the film.
I don’t know much about the game, but the film seems to suggest the possibility of a sequel. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Warcraft film in the future.
I’d have to say on a scale of 1-5, I’d give Warcraft a 3.
The film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of approximately two hours.
There are plenty of bonus features worth checking out.
WARCRAFT: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic: Take an interactive journey through the official WARCRAFT graphic novel with a never-before-seen motion comic that brings the story of the film’s young heroes – Prince Llane, Captain Lothar and Guardian Medivh – to life in this unique experience.
The World of Warcraft on Film: The “World of Warcraft” is much more than just a game – it is a cultural phenomenon as documented in this comprehensive multi-part feature focused on bringing the unique environs of WARCRAFT to film:
- The World of Talent: Fans can learn more about the casts’ reactions to being a part of the WARCRAFT film, how they prepared for their role and the challenges they encountered during filming.
- The World of VFX: The WARCRAFT universe wouldn’t exist without the tireless efforts of the VFX crew. Follow along with the filmmakers as they tell the story of how WARCRAFT came to life through VFX.
- Outfitting a World: Learn how the filmmakers worked with WETA workshop, Blizzard, and acclaimed costume designer Mayes Rubeo to create the weaponry and armor that must be familiar and otherworldly at the same time, all while creating a unique aesthetic for the film.
- The World of MOCAP: An overview of the creation of the Orcs and other digital characters from inception all the way through to the final execution. Through extensive footage of the actors in their MOCAP suits and live in-camera renderings during production, the audience will see the incredible effort that went into creating the Orcs.
- The World of Stunts: Though much of WARCRAFT was created through extensive VFX, the fight scenes and stunts had to be very real. In this featurette, fans can learn more about the extensive fight choreography and stunt work that fueled the film’s action from beginning to end.
Madame Tussauds’ Featurette: Featurette on the making of the WARCRAFT wax figures by Madame Tussauds.
WARCRAFT Teaser: An early teaser which premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.
BLU-RAY™ and DVD BONUS FEATURES:
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Origin Story
- The Fandom of WARCRAFT: Delve into the history and breadth of the fandom behind the game and film, as well as the way it has influenced pop culture.
- ILM: Behind the Magic of WARCRAFT: See some of the groundbreaking facial capture technology utilized by Industrial Lights & Magic to convey the emotion and depth of the visually impressive Orc characters in the film.
In hinesight I should have watched the bonus features FIRST. That way I had some background on what Warcraft was all about. If you are like me and not familiar with the game or story, check out the bonus features FIRST.
Now that I’ve watched the bonus features I am going to try and watch the film again to see if certain things make more sense to me.
Have you seen the film? If so, what did you think about it?
Are you a fan of the Warcraft game?
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.