Don't listen to the negative reviews
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
This is probably the nerdiest film I have ever seen, which I find endearing as somebody who is a fan of franchises that hold such a shamelessly niche appeal. And on that point, my biggest praise I can give this film is that the aesthetics are completely loyal to how the games look and feel. However, this and the fairly competent action direction don't make up for the rest of this film feeling so empty. It has the most basic of plot-lines, the world-building doesn't expand much beyond the occasional fan-pandering, and an ending that is completely pointless beyond the set up for a sequel we will probably never see. I should probably hate this more than I do, but I left with less of a sour taste in my mouth as much as I did with an unanswered query: who is this for?! (apparently, a fair amount of people in China, according to the box office...)Viewed 8/7/2018
If you have not played the game or read the book you will love this, very enjoyable and I can not wait to see the new one. There are lot of people who have read the book or played the game, for them this was always going to a hard sell. You can not make everyone happy.
Sound and visual were amazing, story moved quickly but I assume there was a lot to cover in the 1st edition.
This is a terrible movie, that's also incredibly messy and made little sense while choking on its own umbilical cord. Warcraft is all over the place. It has no focus, and its story suffers greatly from a sequence of events that come together about as well as dipping sushi in ketchup.Maybe fans of the Warcraft game understood what the hell was going on in this film, but the rest of us were wondering "WTF" during "WTB" (Warcraft: The Beginning). The character developments were also ridiculously flat. The relationships had absolutely no life; Anduin and his son. Anduin and Garona. The king ad his queen. Anduin and his sister. Anduin and the king. This list of these half to barely developed run-of-the-mill characters and more so, relationships, could really span almost, if not the entire cast.The CGI started off okay to good, then of course as the movie progressed, the intensity and necessity of the visual effects grew, and unfortunately, grew beyond the films budget and/or the director's ability to create the world he needed to. Warcraft was CGI heavy, extremely so, and that made it run the risk of starting to feel cartoonish, unrealistic, and even worse, fake. The Green Screens are so obvious, especially at the end when the Guardian to be guy was handing a sword to Anduin, amongst many other parts in this film.The fight sequences were meh. The acting was meh. The composition was meh. The directing and cinematography, meh. Visual effects, meh. The editing... Meh. 4.4/10.
After seeing so many video game adaptations in the movie industry, I didn't think that there'd be any good ones. The Resident Evil movies were OK, but I'm sure some of the fans of those games weren't too pleased.Then came WarCraft.I never played very many Blizzard games until StarCraft and WarCraft, and those were in 2000. But I now enjoy WarCraft as my favorite Blizzard franchise and also my favorite of all the Tolkien-inspired fantasy sagas. When I heard about the movie, I was really excited. I saw the movie with my father and while he didn't understand it I was entertained. And I look forward to the further entries in the series, should they pursue them. Hey, Resident Evil got several movies. Why not this?