Warcraft: The Beginning (DVD)
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|Contributor||Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Duncan Jones|
|Runtime||2 hours and 3 minutes|
Duncan Jones co-writes and directs this big-budget adaptation of the 'Warcraft' franchise. The fantasy adventure follows the initial encounters between the humans and orcs as Azeroth stands on the brink of war. When a dark portal is opened that connects the human-inhabited Azeroth with Draenor, home of the orc clans, the peace of both lands is disrupted. The warring orcs, whose world is dying, travel to Azeroth to conquer the kingdom of King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper), who must attempt to make peace with this hostile, destructive force. Leader of the human forces Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and his orc counterpart Durotan (Toby Kebbell) are sent to do battle in an epic clash which will come to shape the futures of their people and their worlds. The cast also includes Paula Patton, Ben Foster and Daniel Wu.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 85 Grams
- Director : Duncan Jones
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : 22 September 2016
- Actors : Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Ben Foster
- Dubbed: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B01I1SAKMK
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 24,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's actually a lot harder to find a good, straightforward popcorn movie -- a movie that is purely about trying to entertain and please the audience, without trying desperately to be more artistic, intelligent or clever than it is. And "Warcraft" is a prime example of that kind of movie. The adaptation of this massive multiplayer game is neither bad nor particularly good... it's just an entertaining movie that earnestly -- and almost proudly -- embraces its own cheesiness.
A vast army of orcs leave their dying world for the planet of Azeroth, led by the cruel sorcerer Gul'dan (Daniel Wu) and his mysterious fel magic. To reopen the gateway between worlds, they need the life-force of many people, so they start raiding human towns and outposts. The only one who seems uneasy about this is Durotan (Toby Kebbell), the chief of the Frostwolf Clan, who thinks that Gul'dan and the fel are what destroyed their world -- and that he'll do the same to this one.
This causes a lot of unrest in the kingdom of Stormwind, where the knight Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and rogue ex-mage Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) learn of the presence of fel magic in the corpses of the slain. With the assistance of the mysterious Guardian Medivh (Ben Foster), they start the battle against the orcs and even capture a half-orc woman who tells them of what is going on. But Stormwind's finest may not be strong enough to stand against the Horde... especially since some of their own may not be trustworthy.
Director Duncan Jones made his mark with intelligent, critically-acclaimed science fiction movies like "Moon" and "Source Code," so at first it seemed a little odd that he would be helming a CGI-heavy epic fantasy. Even odder, when you consider that video-game adaptations are almost always reviled. But it becomes clear quickly that this was a labor of love for Jones -- there's an earnest eagerness in almost every scene that is strangely infectious, even in the less entertaining ones.
This is a movie that doesn't particularly care if the giant swords and bulky armor look a bit goofy, or if the orcs are clearly CGI creations. Visible magic is blasted around, elves and dwarves are rather bizarre-looking, and evil magic can be easily identified through a flatulent green mist. It knows exactly what it is, and it's proud of that.
It does have some flaws, particularly in its attempts to exposit this fictional world in a way that Warcraft noobies can easily understand --- one scene has the queen saying, "Be careful how you talk to your queen," and Lothar responding with, "You're my sister first." Clumsy, clumsy writing. However, it moves at a pretty nimble pace, periodically flecked with wild, expansive battle scenes and flashy magic, such as Medivh setting a whole room full of paper on fire. And it works up to some genuinely wrenching moments of personal loss and self-sacrifice.
It's also one of those movies where few people give performances that are either really good or bad -- Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Wu, Ruth Negga and Schnetzer all give perfectly serviceable but not excellent performances. The major standout is Kebbell as the orc Durotan; despite doing all his acting through a bulky walrus-tusked CGI model, Kebbell captures a real sense of nobility, tragedy, love and courage in his acting. On the other end of the scale is Paula Patton as a half-orc, talking in flat Tarzan-speak and wandering around in green body-paint. This would be a ghastly performance from someone who had never acted before.
"Warcraft" has the odd distinction of being a movie that succeeds in being a fun, good time... and little more or less. If nothing else, enjoy it for the epic battle scenes, beautiful scenery and the performance of Kebbel. Just be sure to not expect more than popcorn entertainment.