With apologies to the millions of faithful Warcraft gamers, I just could NOT take this movie seriously. A bunch of overly muscled and very toothy action figures (called orcs) seek to leave their dying home planet Draenor for the much nicer world of Azeroth. One of the lower order orcs, Durotan, begins to wonder if this is a good idea, as the reason Draenor is toast is because the orc leader Gul'dan practices a nasty brand of magic, known as the Fel, which consumes everything around it, and it will only be a matter of time before he does the same to the human population of Azeroth.
Less than five minutes into the movie, all I could see whenever one of the orcs spoke is Sweetums from the Muppets.
Every orc with their big lower canines sounds like they have a speech impediment. They also look like He-Man action figures brought to life, with the hugely muscled torsos. They all look like they should be collapsing into their chests, or at the very least falling over all the time, especially with the comically large weapons they brandish.
This is a bad, bad movie; the story is thin and the characters are silly when they are not forgettable. Case in point, whoever thought Ben Foster would make a great wizard in a Dungeons & Dragons movie should be exposed to the Fel and made to whither and dry up. I expected so much more from directer/co-writer Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code).
This movie is proof that not everything needs a live action/photo-real adaptation.
Avoid at all costs, unless you have a case of beer, some robot puppets lying around, and a wish to put on a Mystery Science Theater 3000 home edition in your living room.
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