Kings, Queens, Wizards, Knights, and Monsters, converge in the wide world of Warcraft, where reality and fantasy co-exist. There are several different subplots involving Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) as the experienced, war-torn general, Dominic Cooper as the forlorn King, Dorotan (voice of Toby Kebbel) as an Orc Chieftain and Garona (Paula Patton) as the half-breed slave. A powerful magic called 'Fel' causes these individuals to embark on various personal quest to bring peace to the human world.
Warcraft is not a bad film, but it isn't a good one either. It plays out in more of an episodic fashion than a movie with a linear plot. The film is said to be a prequel; taking place before the game storyline begins. Presumably, this was done to help the general audience follow along with next movie in the franchise but it doesn't. Fans of the game Warcraft will love this for sure. That's probably because they know what the hell is going on. If you have never played this game, you may have a hard time following this disjointed plot.
The game folklore is vast and detailed, so why try to cram all of that into 120 minutes? Director Duncan Jones put himself on Hollywood's radar with his sci-fi hit film Moon. Here, Jones seems determined to give the audience more than they need as if he is trying to force you to enjoy this. All his efforts are for nothing as the movie does little to rejuvenate the video game-to-live-action genre. Why on Earth did he feel the need to be a part of something as messy as Warcraft?
The performances don't help the film either. Travis Fimmel as General Lothar is likable and several witty lines of dialogue, but nothing spectacular. Dominic Cooper plays a decent King Llane but he isn't in the film long enough to make an impression. Paula Patton is out of place and out of touch in this environment. She is awkward looking and her orc make-up and look appears amateurish. The main CGI character Dorotan, while also likable, looks strange and is visually unsettling to the eye. He looks straight out of a PlayStation 2 video game, just rendered around human actors.
Everything with this film is extremely average but it did contain several entertaining action scenes. However, that is not enough to keep the movie from feeling overly long and confusing. Warcraft focuses on being a good fan film, which is great, but it loses focus on being a good film overall. That's too bad because there is potential there.
Feature Image: Universal Pictures