Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft: The Beginning

Filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) directs this feature adaptation of the world-renowned fantasy videogame Warcraft.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonise another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

2016Rating: M, Fantasy violence123 minsUSA
ActionAdventureFantasyBlockbuster

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Warcraft: The Beginning / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Even when you set aside the curse of the video game adaptation, Warcraft: The Beginning's status as the first really ambitious big screen fantasy since Jackson met Tolkien means the odds were always stacked against it.

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Variety

Variety

So good at making the most outlandish elements of his first two films seem completely credible, Jones can’t find a way to get this cartoony spectacle to soar.

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Total Film

Total Film

Jones embraces Warcraft’s world with laudable commitment: but when it comes to charging it with life, sheer bulk gets the better of him.

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Time Out

Time Out

With a tighter plot, a touch of humour and some peppier, less slab-fisted action scenes this might actually have worked...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The pristine setting never meshes with Jones’s efforts to give emotional reality to his army of characters, who cannot escape their tropes: leader, hero, warrior woman, mystic.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set).

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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...

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Stuff

Stuff

What matters is the execution. And Jones executes bloody well.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there's plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones' video game adaptation.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The movie is character-driven every step of the way. That’s why... it casts a spell.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The ambition is laudible, but it's to little end. At once empty and impenetrable...

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