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Lets address the elephant in the room right away, shall we? For all its lofty ambitions the video game to screen adaptation of “Warcraft” never manages to be on par with other successful fantasy flicks such as (but ofcourse) Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or even the ever popular HBO series “Game of Thrones”.
Make of that what you will.
Adapting a video game , especially one as immersive as Blizzard Entertainment’s “World of Warcraft”, to screen poses several pitfalls. The first is that whereas a gamer interacts with elements on screen and to a large extent controls the pace and direction of the story, in a cinema you need a good story and great characters and better actors to draw you in.
Director Duncan Jones’ adaptation stumbles in all 3 areas.
To further complicate matters someone behind-the-scenes decided that the story had to encapsulate different races from this fantasy world. How else would it be a fantasy flick right? We have the orcs, mages (wizards) and humans as the main 3 groups but are also briefly introduced to what appear to be elves and dwarves.
What starts out promising with the introduction to the dying orc world quickly gets derailed the moment boring humans come into the picture. Look I get that filmmakers might think we (the audience) need human characters so we can associate with them but the orcs are just as easy to relate to. I’d even go out on a limb and say they’re even better acted than the stiff human actors.
Perhaps the fault can’t be fully rested on the shoulders of actors when the script characterizes them in the most 2 dimensional way. Then again maybe better actors could elevate the countless discussions to something with more life to them. Whose brilliant idea was it to cast Ben Foster as the arch mage?
Decisions like this, coupled with the poor writing and pacing, create disinterest. Whenever we shift back to the orcs that’s when the production comes back to life. I get it – budgetary concerns. Did this movie need to be life action? Easily it could’ve been a big budget CGI movie ala Robert Zemeckis’ “Beowolf” and we wouldn’t have to waste too much time with the humans.
Isn’t that a real fantasy?
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|Producers||:||Stuart Fenegan, Alex Gartner, Jon Jashni, Charles Roven, Thomas Tull|
|Screenplay||:||Duncan Jones and Charles Leavitt (Screenplay), Chris Metzen (Story and Characters)|
|Cast||:||Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu|
|Website||:||Warcraft movie website|
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|Warcraft China Release Date||:||8 June 2016|
|Warcraft Germany Release Date||:||26 May 2016|
|Warcraft Hong Kong Release Date||:||9 June 2016|
|Warcraft India Release Date||:||10 June 2016|
|Warcraft Indonesia Release Date||:||25 May 2016|
|Warcraft Japan Release Date||:||1 July 2016|
|Warcraft Malaysia Release Date||:||1 October 2016|
|Warcraft Philippines Release Date||:||25 May 2016|
|Warcraft Russia Release Date||:||26 May 2016|
|Warcraft Singapore Release Date||:||9 June 2016|
|Warcraft Thailand Release Date||:||26 May 2016|
|Warcraft United Arab Emirates Release Date||:||26 May 2016|
|Warcraft UK Release Date||:||30 May 2016|
|Warcraft USA Release Date||:||10 June 2016|
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From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.
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, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.
The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. Warcraft will be released by Universal Pictures.