Those still looking for the first great video game adaptation will have to wait a little longer (or maybe indefinitely at this rate). It’s not like we had the highest hopes for Angry Birds or Ratchet & Clank, but the big-budget Warcraft adaptation from acclaimed director Duncan Jones actually showed some kind of potential.
This adaptation of the giant Blizzard property is definitely one of the better movies based off a video game, but it’s still far from what gamers have been hoping for from a video game movie.
Warcraft has always been known for its well developed lore, but it’s never been the go-to video game to talk about in terms of plot. That is absolutely evident when watching a two hour feature length adaptation.
There was clearly a lot of work put into making a fascinating world but the been-there-done-that story makes it hard to get attached to the film. In terms of storytelling, Warcraft doesn’t do a whole lot that you haven’t seen before in other, better fantasy films. Other comparable fantasy films also do a better job of telling this particular kind of story well.
Despite having a relatively unoriginal story, Warcraft still has a tendency to feel bloated and confusing thanks to a lack of exposition. The first fifteen minutes fly by while characters and plot points are relentless thrown at viewers with little to no explanation.
There’s enough exposition later on that people will be able to follow the story, but it might take a while for people to catch up with what’s going on. Warcraft is a movie that definitely benefits from having knowledge of the source material, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
This isn’t a trainwreck though. The visuals are impressive and the movie can be pretty fun to watch assuming you avoid nitpicking the many negative aspects. However, don’t go in expecting the game to break the video game curse, don’t go in expecting the same quality as Moon or Source Code, and don’t go in expecting the next great fantasy film.
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