WarCraft is finally here. Well, it’s finally here if you live in a few places overseas. Those of us in the states still have to wait a little longer; the movie will premier on the 6th in LA, and then be released on June 10th.
So how is it? According to critics, not great. The few who have rated the movie thus far haven’t had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the fantasy epic. The movie has a 36 on Metacritic, out of only 12 reviews, so expect that number to move around some in the coming days, either up or down, and 24% of the 25 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes recommend the movie. I don’t suspect the numbers will change drastically once the hordes of reviews start rolling in, and if anything the numbers will drop even further.
Almost everyone agrees that Duncan Jones has a lot of passion for WarCraft, but that much is obvious from watching any of the interviews he’s given over the last 2 years. The man loves his orcs, but evidently he’s struggled to hold the ship together. The movie doesn’t seem to be a complete mess, but a few are finding it quite muddled.
All is not doom and gloom, though. The movie’s already opened really well in other fronts. It’s had the biggest opening in Germany, and second biggest in Russia, beaten out by the recent Deadpool for the top spot. Based on pre-sales alone, WarCraft is one of China’s most anticipated movies of all time.
It seems as though that even if WarCraft isn’t this decade’s Lord of the Rings, plenty of fans are still gung ho to check it out, and I suspect that WarCraft will do enough justice to the source material to appease those fans, and if early box office performance is any indication, the movie might do really well, at least globally. Domestically is another story, and one that will remain unwritten for a little while longer.
I never thought WarCraft would get critically applauded. It’s too bright and colorful, and wears its high fantasy setting on its sleeve, unlike both Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, two of the world’s most successful fantasy settings. I still think there’s a good chance that word of mouth on WarCraft will help keep the movie afloat at the box office. It does seem like the few fans out there who’ve seen it are being much more accepting of the film.
It doesn’t hurt that WarCraft has some of the best CGI I’ve seen in a modern movie.