A soulless feast

Film: Warcraft: The Beginning 

Director: Duncan Jones

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Date: 27. 05. 2016

Rating: 6/10

Text: Yeonwoo Baik

Based on the popular video game Warcraft from Blizzard, the film Warcraft: The Beginning tells a story about the initial encounters between the orcs and the humans. The film is quite an enjoyable feast for the eyes and ears with its believable CGI and grand music. However, I must say that, just like so many mediocre fantasy films out there, this film made the mistake of not paying enough attention to all the other elements comprising the film.

Perhaps this film should have been made a bit longer – these days it is not really a big deal for a fantasy film to be as long as 3 hours, and I am sure this one could have been better if it had more time to develop the plot and the characters. It was just all over the place with too many settings and too many characters, and it ended up with none of them feeling captivating enough. There was too much summary and too little showing.

The characters do not seem as charismatic as they should, and everything they say and do feels superficial. It tore my heart out to see how Garona had the potential to be a much more captivating and complicated character and just failed to be fully developed. Lady Taria appeared with some mystical ambience, but later I almost forgot that she was there. The soullessness goes to all the other characters such as Lothar, Medivh or King Llane. The bland acting did not help.

I guess I will be waiting for the sequel because I liked the settings and storyline themselves. It is just that I was almost angry at how poorly all those worlds and characters were developed when they could have been far more fascinating and enchanting. I hope I will be given more opportunities to explore the worlds and the characters and engage myself with them, to feel more depth in them, in the sequel.