Warcraft, film review: ‘What’s the point of making a poor man’s Lord of the Rings?’
PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 May 2016
Films of games have consistently disappointed; and really, why wouldn’t they?
If you adapt a book, or a play or a musical into a motion picture, there is obvious scope for something to be added to the original creation.
Filming something where the chief joy is your participation in it, doesn’t make sense – it’s like doing a still life of a chess set.
This film version of the wildly popular role playing and strategy game Warcraft gets closer to the gaming experience than most: in the game ordinary people get to play act at being characters in a Tolkien novel.
In the film various small to medium-name actors get to indulge their fantasy of being a Knighted British Thespian, or Viggo Mortenson, in a big screen Tolkein adaptation.
I’m sure the game provides an in-depth mythology for players to get lost in, but on screen it’s as rich and full as an Iron Maiden album cover.
It’s a tinpot creation made up of bits nicked from Lord of the Rings and Avatar, that feels like it might have taken a half hour to sketch out.
There are Orcs and dwarves, a bearded magician, big battles, nobles kings and not a single original thought or idea.
Some of the effects are impressive; the Orcs, great big muscle-bound trolls that resemble upright boars playing Vikings are beautifully rendered.
The opening five minutes are great and whenever there is a big, wide shot or landscape, the 3D is impressive.
In the interiors, though, it is blurry and headache inducing.
What’s the point of making a poor man’s Lord of the Rings when we already have the Hobbit trilogy?
Rating: 2/5 stars