Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 123 minutes
India Release Date: 10-JUN-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Overall Review: Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft franchise, Director Duncan Jones succeeds the challenge of translating Warcraft with intelligence onto a big screen. The film manages to transport us into a new universe that proves to be rich and promises a bright future. Film was quite visually impressive. If you are a gamer of Warcraft, you will probably like this film even more. Performances were good but narrative was little complicated. You’re immediately thrown into this story that isn’t introduced well enough at all. Hence as an outsider, it makes absolutely no sense. The visuals were impressive, especially where magic was involved. The biggest flaw in the film is in its narrative; film is trying to do too many things. Too many characters and too many plots – you need to have first hand information on history and character if you have not played the game. Even with its flaws, film is well presented technically on big screen.
Performance & Technical Review: Ben Foster delivers excellent performance. The revelation of this film will be Ben Schnetzer Khadgar who plays a young talented and determined magician. The rest of the cast is just as good allowing us to immerse ourselves well in this universe. Technically the film is a success and the special effects are quite impressive especially at the Orcs. Music composed by Ramin Djawadi is a pure success which immerses us completely in this great adventure. The magic was visually stunning – the visuals were really well done especially when magic was involved. The CGI used for the Orcs is especially fun to watch – donned with dreadlocks, piercings and various skulls for accessories, they really look the part. An excessive use of CGI makes Warcraft a visual feast for the eyes.
PDF Verdict: An entertaining experience if you are a gamer of Warcraft. Even with a cliche script, Warcraft:The Beginning proves to be a success. A grand beginning of what looks to be a promising franchise.
Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5