Warcraft

warcraft-poster1The Basics

WarCraft  (The Beginning) is based on Blizzard Entertainment’s online universe,  World of WARCRAFT

Official UK site      http://www.imax.com/movies/warcraft

Get Warcraft free when you see it in a REGAL cinema theater

directed by Duncan Jones (@Manmademoon)

Production: Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production  & Released by Universal Pictures.

Which side do you fight on? click thumbnail to choose

Genre: Epic action Fantasy (with a sprinkling of wit)

Stars:

warcraft-horde Rob Kazinsky as the Horde’s Ogrim DoomHammer, Toby Kebbel as Durotan,Clancy Brown as Blackhand, , and Daniel Wu as Gul’Dan, with Paula Patton’s Garona

‘Warcraft’: Check out a Side-by-Side Comparison of the Actors and Their Orcs

warcraft-alliance    Dominick Cooper as King Llane Wrynn Travis Fimmel as the Alliance’s Anduin Lothar Ben Foster as Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria More on IMDB

 

In the epic 3d fantasy saga where war has many faces and everyone fights for something,
the peaceful realm of Azeroth faces an impending war when a Horde of orc warriors flee their dying home in search of colonizing another. Two heroes from opposite sides will collide on what will decide the fates of their families,people and home.

I am surprised that the UK gets an earlier release by 2 weeks to a month theirs being Monday May 30th  2016 and the  US release date I heard is supposed to be June 10th.. but the article I read about this in said June 30th 2016.

Here’s the original WARCRAFT trailer announcement from June 2015 and somewhat a video preview  

Why you will root for both the Alliance and the Horde in warcraft  * Why Ogrim is Warcraft’s biggest and baddest rawler

Welcome to the War room

I have also included assorted News, reviews, and Videos

below leading up to the release (so wish I knew a way to just make a grid so you could choose which of the videos you’d prefer to watch instead of the way they are here)

So will it break the videogame to movie adaptation curse?

There were a couple of witty bits of dialog like  a moment in the beginning I liked between Dorotan & a very pregnant Drakka  which shows we don’t have just an epic fantasy but one that will be lighthearted at times as well.

Did the trailers show too much?  For me this is a big thing, as they can ruin a movie or shall I say make it do you don’t have to see it in the theater cause most of the time they show too much. The Warcraft trailer(s) there was plenty but at the same time not much, so this one is more yes and no.

As far as watching this vs HBO’s Game of Thrones, I’d say there are  maybe as many players and places to keep track of but thankfully I don’t need a map to keep track of everyone in this movie.

I stared in wide eyed childlike amazement  at Storm wind and the rest of Azeroth. As it is a big screen, video game adaptation

movie, its above average, as far as the video game movies go… I don’t remember spotting  any ‘cheesiness’ but with so much going on I was just trying to take in  every bit of the eye candy scenes.

The orcs are actors doing motion capture with their ‘costume’ being CGI, while of course with a movie of this epic fantastical proportions of course it will be heavy on the use of CG. I found the imaging to be possibly better than that of the Lord of the Rings as well as The Hobbit but, then those are darker movies than this. I didn’t see any of the ‘halo’ you sometimes see when having live action on top of green screen.  The colors are more vivid as though you are seeing your own world for the first time. And there is really no real villain (other than the orc Mage) as the humans have known peace and are willing to negotiate with the orcs, as well as a group of the Orcs who are sick of seeing their mage kill every land just to use magic.

As far as what I’ve heard from fans who play the game, it’s a great video game movie.  The fact the director as well as actor Robert Kazinsky (Ogrim Doomhammer) have played the game for quite some time and the point was to make a movie the fans can love (with some easter eggs from the game) and even those that do not play can still enjoy. That of which I did, I just wish I could have seen it in 3-d and it’s worth seeing no matter what priced showing you go to! It’s a must watch in the theater at least once.

I quite enjoyed Dominick Cooper & Travis Fimmel especially Travis, in their roles. The young mage I was not crazy about, but through the movie he grew on me. I couldn’t choose what side to be on as I’m a Fimmel fan,(the Alliance)  and Rob Kazinsky fan  which being as he plays the Horde’s Ogrim Doomhammer, and what I’d say is the most popular character in the Game/movie.

so I was more in the role of Paula Patton’s character Garona’s position of not belonging here nor there. I was however surprised with the climax of  Durotan’s challenge to Gal’dan the mage and how I felt. You may feel more for the Orcs by the end. The humans with their brilliant sparkling world and ‘knights in shinning armor’ go into ‘fear’ mode of their peace ending. They don’t want a war, but Travis Fimmel’s very capable Lothar may be as great a warrior as his vikings alter ego Ragnar, and I think I may have seen some of the same swagger. Lothar had some of his own witty moment’s calling the mage names but you can see by the end of the movie, there was respect. Even though Lothar is tasked being the one to get The Guardian and is the Queens brother & likely high ranking in the king’s army, and yes he had action scenes, but at the same time felt that he didn’t have enough, was more in the background, or maybe was overshadowed by other actors/characters.

As for Ben Foster’s mag on the human side, I had this funny feeling about him the whole time. i didn’t like him and I usually always love the witches or wizards in a movie, but for some reason his just got my Scorpio senses up and on guard! (That Scorpio sense has never done me wrong) I’m not sure if it was the character itself I did not like, or the way Foster was acting it out.

I am hoping we get another movie as there’s a sort of minor cliffhanger, even the rest of the auditorium was like well What happened to….

Review… Thoughts for Noobs & Fans   * Lootcrate magazine interview with Rob Kazinsky *  box-office-can-warcraft-win- U.S.?

“Warcraft” Crashes as “The Conjuring 2” Cleans Up with $40 Million Opening

My friend Rich’s Review

OMG this is almost a half hour long, but…in case you might be interested.

ULTIMATE FAN Made Film 

warcraft test screening reviews preview

Variety’s review by their snooty critic is WHY I started writing my own reviews. It’s also why I say

The ONLY reviews you should be reading is that of  the average joe (bloggers) not professionals being paid professionally to do so. 

as usual to be fair… I didn’t read or watch  (& I prefer to see a movie before I read or listen to reviews) so I don’t know if this is a good or bad review…

 REVIEW: Warcraft is an Extreme Fantasy adventure Film   & from the Hollywood reporter

Warcraft: The Beginning

Duncan Jones’ videogame adaptation “embraces Warcraft’s world with laudable commitment: but when it comes to charging it with life, sheer bulk gets the better.” [Read more…]

 

He and his like still exist, but our story focuses on what happened after. The universe is still as intricate. https://t.co/hdkawvRB3P

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News & Interviews leading up to the movie

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Duncan Jones & Rob Kazinsky On the Today Show

 

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exclusive-warcraft-introduction interview Lothar & Travis Fimmel trains

WHY it stands apart from Other CG epics

Why the Visual Effects in ‘Warcraft’ Are Considered “Groundbreaking”

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New Warcraft images released as Duncan Jones Goes Global

 

blog.manmademovies.co.uk/2016/04/23/duncan-jones’ *blog) -rob-kazinskys-facebook-live-on-warcraft/

collider.com/warcraft-pax-east-panel-with Duncan Jones & Rob Kazinsky 

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Bts look at the sets

 

Travis Fimmel’s Acting coach talks about her work with Travis on Vikings 

Empire – Article about Warcraft Movie

Warcraft: Blizzcon 2015

warcraft  … http://wow.gamepedia.com/Anduin_Lothar*

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/08/blizzcon-2014-warcraft-movie-chaacter-roles-revealed

http://warcraftmovie.

blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/blizzcon-2014-warcraft-movie-presentation-panel-transcript

 

 

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