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10 Rotten Reviews
Imagine Battlefield Earth without the verve, or the unintentional comedy.The final product brings to mind those animated advertisements for iPhone app games.Unconvincing and generic, with nothing to compare to either the dramatic heft of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or the raunch and gore of Game of Thrones.Warcraft provides thunderous spectacle, but when performing the alchemy of transforming genre archetypes into characters with soul, the magic fizzles out.Director Duncan Jones, a self-professed Warcraft fan, has clearly put a lot of love and care into fleshing out a story, but it's questionable whether it was ever really merited.A director's cut might run more smoothly and offer some of the characters time to actually develop, but what we've got for now is an ambitious disappointment with its heart in the right place.Like its ten-foot anti-heroes, 'Warcraft' is noisy, lumbering and not terribly bright.While there's something admirable in Jones's steadfast adherence to naff fantasy tropes, it makes no concession to fans of realism.At once empty and impenetrable, this brings to mind a mix of John Carter and Dungeons And Dragons, regrettably in both themes and level of enjoyment.10 Fresh ReviewsThis production may be titled 'The Beginning', but on this showing it would be a spectacular surprise if we ever saw the middle, or the end.
Dramatically and technically, Warcraft gives the concept of "hybrid" new punch.A flawed but likable adventure that I would happily go on again, preferably as a double feature with The Beastmaster, Legend or Ladyhawke.It has plenty of faults, but Warcraft: The Beginning largely achieves what it sets out to do.Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there's plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones' video game adaptation.I kinda liked it.The best thing about Warcraft is that it is character driven and feels personal, which is an amazing quality to have in an expensive effects picture.Don't believe the bad buzz: Jones has embraced that "unfilmable" game, and made a ferocious and fun journey through the worlds of Warcraft.There are plenty of flaws - an overabundance of storylines chief among them, followed by the occasional slip into silly action and/or overdone effects - but what fun to discover some virtues to set against them.Overall Jones does a decent job at telling a tale and summoning the spectacle of a 21st-century blockbuster. That's more than you can say for the superhero movies released this year.A film that at its heart spends as much time worried about its characters being three dimensional as it does about it stereographic 3D.
Metacritic: 31% SN. They gave WoD a 9/10. Food for the thought.
Kotaku: Not Good