Azeroth is on the brink of war when the civilization faces a feared race of invaders, the Orcs. Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. One army faces dismantlement the other will surely go extinct. Two heroes from opposite sides set on different paths must fight for their people, their fate, and their family.
Director Duncan Jones brings such vibrance in his visuals. Every shot feels grand in scale. I was in awe of what I saw on screen. The orcs are exceptionally crafted using performance capture and CGI. They felt like a big deal and that this is a species that should be feared. Just gazing up at them was an event in itself. Watching Durotan hold his baby in the palm of his hand was truly baffling.
The action sequences were handled with care as well. They are fast paced, and visceral. All the battles felt huge. A lot of orcs and humans just fighting for their land and preservation. Nothing else to it.
That’s part of my problem with this movie. Aside from Lothar (Travis Fimmel) I didn’t care about any human character. There isn’t a lot of development for them, watching their scenes, I just had the feeling of emptiness. I wanted to go back and see what the orcs were doing. The script doesn’t really do much to make you care about any human but Lothar. Even King Llane played by Dominic Cooper doesn’t have any defining moments. His performance is good, but he has nothing to sink his teeth into.
The orcs are the stars here, Durotan (Toby Kebbell) in particular. He is a leader of the orcs, and is truly an inspiring character. Every time he was on screen I was amerced into his story, and his development. Along with Durotan on the orcs side is Orgrim (Robert Kazinsky). He is the muscle of the already huge Orc army. He’s wielding this hammer the entire time and smashing humans and sometimes other orcs with it. Watching that was a lot of fun.
The story just takes lulls at times. I felt the movie just dragging along to try and fill two hours, when there wasn’t a lot of material worthy making it into the final cut. Some moments in the first act you feel it dragging along. Once we get to the Orcs you’re pretty much in for the rest of the film. I enjoyed Warcraft, great visuals, action, and over the top battles scenes.