Benjamin Maio Mackay
Warcraft: The Beginning - 0 Stars
I’ve had surgery that was more enjoyable than sitting through this film.
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.
I think by now, after the US premiere most people will have read some reviews of the atrocity of Warcraft. The critical consensus is it’s awful, now here’s why:
1. It’s boring, many elements of the plot are left unexplained and leave audience members guessing.
The CGI is truly horrible, I’ve seen better video game graphics.
2. The acting is abysmal, it’s almost like the actors know how bad the script is and aren’t even trying to “act” anymore.
3. The plot doesn’t actually achieve anything, it’s all set up for a sequel/franchise/more time wasting movies.
4. There are too many characters. It’s overstuffed, not only does this mean that none of the characters develop, it also means that you don’t feel any emotional attachment when they start killing them off.
There really are so many reasons not to see this film. Director Duncan Jones has clearly shown he wasn’t ready to helm a franchise of this magnitude - so hopefully he’ll return to smaller budget/profile films where he can continue to develop and refine his directorial skills.
Poorly written, acted and overall atrocious. There isn’t a good thing I can say about this movie.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment