If you don’t know anything about the Warcraft games or second-world fantasy, don’t bother seeing this cos you’re just too far behind the curve and should be ashamed of yourself. This movie has had extremely mixed reviews, but for this fanboy (oh, and international fantasy author) Warcraft is spot on. Each protagonist has a well constructed moral dilemma, to the extent that the movie successfully makes you root for orcs and humans alike. The orcs are ill mannered (and overly violent) but they have an honour code of sorts, whereas the humans are a bit holier-than-thou while still being admirable. The orcs almost steal the show actually (especially the evil mage and the foxy halfbreed – can’t believe I’m in love with an orc-maid). The plot is strong (based on Warcraft 1 and 2 games) and the special fx (just about avoiding accusations of being derivative) make Lord of the Rings look duff. Basically, the homeworld of the orcs is dying, and so a scouting force comes thru a portal to the human realm to start making it a home for the horde. Unfortunately, the orcs are enabled by some life-draining magicks, so they have to capture ‘sacrifices’ in order to survive. It’s conundrum enough for the average orc to think ‘Oh bugger it, let’s cause some random mayhem – at least that way we’ll go out enjoying ourselves!’ It’s a solid 7.5 out of 10 from one A J Dalton. Put that in your pipe.
Nothing but praise for the Warcraft movie