This review contains some possible spoilers. If you have not yet seen the movie, and do not want to be spoiled, you may not want to continue. The spoilers aren’t massive, but they are there. You have been warned.
I know, I know, the Warcraft movie has been out for a while now. However, since I refuse to be one of those parents who drags a small child to a movie they aren’t going to pay attention through, I wait to see movies until they come out on streaming. Warcraft was definitely well worth the wait. As a fan of the franchise, and as a fan of fantasy movies in general, Warcraft was everything I could have hoped for.
Warcraft mostly follows the story of the first game, which I used to watch my boyfriend in high school play almost nightly. I didn’t have a PC back then, so I would just watch him play, and loved it. The movie tells of the Orcs‘ arrival in Azeroth along with the introduction of Fel magic to the Orcish race. Adapted for the screen by Charles Leavitt (In the Heart of the Sea) and Duncan Jones (Source Code), Warcraft was very faithful to the actual lore of the game. There were a couple of liberties taken, but nothing that was glaring or completely story-changing. Also, even though the lore of Warcraft is very deep, the movie does a really good job of not alienating viewers who may not have had any prior history with the games.
For those of us who have played the games, the movie was full of Easter eggs and references. From the subtle addition of a Murloc, to Hellscream standing in the background, I couldn’t stop nergasming. I think my favorite moment in the movie, though, was near the end. During the epic final battle between Khadgar and Medivh, Khadgar is surrounded by the same yellow glow that a player in World of Warcraft is surrounded by when they level up. KHADGAR LEVELED UP DURING THE BOSS FIGHT. I literally stood up and cheered. I shouted, “He leveled up! Did you see that? He leveled up!” I don’t think anything in any movie ever has made me as happy as that small addition did. Bravo, Duncan Jones, bravo.
I really hate the bad reviews that Warcraft received. I feel as if video game movies shouldn’t be reviewed by the same critics as other movies. That would be living in a fantasy world, but if you’re not a gamer, you just don’t get it most of the time. This was everything a video game movie should be. It was true to the game’s lore, it explained itself well for those who haven’t played the games, and had a ton of fun additions for those who do play the games. Anyone else looking to make a video game movie should take note.
In case you haven’t seen it, and want to, Warcraft is currently out on streaming, and will be released on DVD and BluRay on September 27th. I’ve seen the list of special features coming on the DVD/BluRay including a gag reel, deleted scenes, and several featurettes.
Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!