Movie Review – Warcraft: The Beginning

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THIS much-anticipated fantasy adventure is based on the legendary video game series, and traces the beginnings of the war between the orc Horde and the Alliance of humans and other races of Azeroth.

Forced to abandon their dying homeworld, the Horde follow their leader, the wizard Gul’dan (voiced by Daniel Wu), through a portal to Azeroth.

Among the Horde is Durotan (Toby Kebbell), an honourable clan leader who just wants a home where he and his mate, Draka, can raise their newborn son.

But Durotan is wary of Gul’dan’s power as the wizard uses dark magic known as the Fel, which comes to the attention of commander Lothar (Travis Fimmel) of the kingdom of Stormwind.

With the help of a mage named Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer), Lothar must get the great Guardian Medivh (Ben Foster) to help fight off the invading Horde.

The film is the ultimate tribute to the game, and fans will be thrilled to see iconic cities and characters come to life on the big screen.

The special effects, especially the motion capture for the orcs, look amazing, and the costumes and weapons are a cosplayer’s dream come true.

The best character in the film is Durotan, and Kebbell does a fantastic job making you root for him, bringing a quiet dignity to a fully-CGI role.

Fimmel is also great, adding some quirky touches to an otherwise stereotypical hero character.

Most of the supporting cast do a good job, especially the ones playing the orcs. I also like Schnetzer and Foster, who look like complete naturals during spellcasting scenes.

However, the weakest link is Paula Patton, as the half-orc Garona. Her character is the catalyst for most of the film’s plot, but her weak performance and confusing character development are a let-down. It doesn’t help that Patton’s prosthetic tusks force her to slur most of her important lines.

There are some minor pacing problems, but the film’s action scenes are worth every second, especially the battles between Stormwind forces and the Horde.

The film isn’t perfect, and the final act feels rushed, but true fans won’t care. Those who are unfamiliar with Warcraft lore might want to read up on it first, in order to enjoy the story better.

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