Warcraft is one of the biggest franchises in gaming but it’s one of the few that actually contains great storytelling on its own merits. Most games follow action blockbuster formulas to little avail and thus can’t be judged for how well they tell their stories since they reach bare minimum requirements to allow for level design and set pieces. So unlike the Call of Duty series, which contain half-baked generic action movie plots as synopsis, the world of Warcraft involves a world of magic and adventure through the lens of geopolitics. Orc vs. Humans lore is ripped directly from Lord of the Rings but ultimately the series is involved in strategy, outmaneuvering opponents, and the storylines involve people trying to avoid war. It’s not so much good vs. evil as it emphasizes what defines both sides. I’m not sure how they did it but it looks like Duncan Jones has captured that essence in this trailer.
The mythology of Warcraft is dense, plodding countless hours of reading material and years of investment into world building, with brief glimpses offered of the weird magic citadels and Orc home-world structures. Years of familiarity with this franchise will make fans ecstatic to see it on the big screen, but it’s interesting to wonder how the average movie goer will react.
A minor footnote: The CGI seems a bit more like The Hobbit instead of Lord of the Rings which is an odd issue. The Orcs are more bulky and green than any humans. Prosthetic makeup would be much harder to pull off so in this case I think the safe bet is the correct bet. As a nearly lifelong Warcraft fan, I can’t believe this movie is happening. How will general audiences react to this trailer? I’ll worry about that later.
Watch the first official trailer below:
Warcraft hits theaters on June 10th, 2016.
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