“Warcraft” – What Do Early Reviews Say ?



Legendary PicturesWARCRAFT, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. It is released this week in multiple theatres and will open in the USA this week. Here is what the worldwide critics have to say about it:

  1. Like its ten-foot anti-heroes, ‘Warcraft’ is noisy, lumbering and not terribly bright. – TimeOut (Thumbs Down)
  2. The final product brings to mind those animated advertisements for iPhone app games. – Variety (Thumbs Down)
  3. Dramatically and technically, Warcraft gives the concept of “hybrid” new punch. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
  4. In a time when too many bloated movie blockbusters feel like they’re impersonal video games, it’s heartening to see that an actual game can be transformed into an authentically involving movie. – IGN Movies (Thumbs Up)
  5. The first major misfire of the summer blockbuster season lumbers into view in the form of Warcraft. – Slant Magazine (Thumbs Down)
  6. The lingering sense, though, is that Jones has produced a strong adaptation of the game’s world. It’s just not one that translates well to the screen. – GQ Magazine (Thumbs Down)
  7. While fans of the franchise [may] derive some satisfaction out of seeing the faithfully recreated video game settings, the wooden acting, breakneck pacing and excessive amounts of fantasy jibber-jabber mostly renders the film nonsensical to everyone else. – Bangkok Post (Thumbs Down)
  8. Imagine Battlefield Earth without the verve, or the unintentional comedy. – TheWrap (Thumbs Down)
  9. It feels like the fanboy within Duncan Jones got carried away with Azeroth’s minute mythology, leading to a film filled with tonnes of references to the wider world but no real soul of its own. – Independent (Thumbs Down)
  10. 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. – Empire (Thumbs Down)
  11. While there’s something admirable in Jones’s steadfast adherence to naff fantasy tropes, it makes no concession to fans of realism. – Daily Telegraph (Thumbs Down)
  12. 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. – Guardian (Thumbs Down)

Most of the early reviews are, not surprisingly, negative. What are your expectations from the movie??