Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Movie Review: Warcraft: The Beginning

Blurb: It is based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.

Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs, is dying. A green-skinned orc named Gul´dan unites the orcish clans into an army called the Horde, promising to lead them to a new, lush world — Azeroth. 
However, the strange magic Gul'dan wields, the Fel, requires draining life to sustain the portal; through sacrificing the captive draenei, Gul'dan leads a small warband to capture prisoners en masse on the other side and sacrifice them to bring the whole Horde through.

Sir Anduin Lothar, the military commander of the kingdom of Stormwind, receives reports of raids on human villages and meets a young mage named Khadgar, who noticed that the villagers were killed using the Fel. Khadgar persuades Lothar and Llane Wrynn, King of Stormwind, to consult his reclusive master Medivh, the fabled Guardian, about the Fel.

Comment: The story focuses on the war between orcs and humans. The orcs are bigger and stronger, but Sir Anduin Lothar is smater. The orcs has the Fel, a dark magic that destroys everything, but the humans has Khadgar, a mysterious mage who has powers and is an eager reader of books and Lothar, a brave soldier. Even so, it seems an unfair play.

I don´t know the game or novel, so I can´t say if the movie is loyal to the original story. As many things are changed during the adaptation process, it surely is a little different. Maybe I read the series someday.

The movie is visually impressive; there are more than 2,000 visual effects shots. The landscape, orcs and everything else are amazing. The costumes are very well drawn and fit perfectly with the story.

The characters´ conflicts are superficial, without much tension or emotion. Sir Anduin Lothar faces difficult moments and deception; however, those scenes are superficial, not very well explored.

Khadgar doesn´t have much problem to prove his theory and do his job; he tries to show some difficulty, but it isn´t convincing. He seems just to know what to do.

At the end, the story takes another path. When you think the humans will win the battle, defeat the orcs and expel them from Azeroth, an unexpected thing happens. When you think that Khagdar will fix the problem, you realize that nothing can be done.

I confess that the end surprised me; I was waiting a different outcome. It was a good thing because I´m more curious now. What comes next? Let´s wait and see.

I liked the movie very much and I hope there is a movie #2 soon.