Ahh, Father’s Day weekend, one of the better times of year. Usually because Father’s day means I get to go out to dinner and eat steak and possibly watch a movie. I mean, I have to go with the Mr. and the family but I’d probably do that anyway, so that’s fine.
We *finally* went to see World of Warcraft! I loved it! I know, surprise, right? Truthfully, I had serious concerns. Let’s face it—fantasy movies have a high possibility of horribleness.
So first, all of the things I liked:
Anduin Lothar: I have nothing bad to say about a young Anduin Lothar. Great acting and completely believable as the loyal hero of legend. “Who needs boots when your giant balls can keep your feet warm?” – actual quote from the movie*.
(Former?) Apprentice Khadgar: LOOK AT BABY KHADGAR! You can really see the snarky Archmage in this character and I felt like you could get the sense of the power of his real natural abilities.
All the other things: While we did wait to see the movie specifically for Father’s Day weekend, I can honestly say I avoided everything possible regarding the movie so that I could be surprised when I saw it. I didn’t know who was playing who other than Travis Fimmel in the part of Anduin Lothar. The background shots were exquisite. The costuming was so accurately detailed and felt so true to the lore, the stories, the games, the books. Buildings, animals (HOLY SHIT THAT GRYPHON), the ambiance via the towns people, the murlocs, the panning views across Elwynn Forest!
Medivh: The acting and power were there, actual lore, not so much. I did appreciate how large scale spells are depicted which stays truer to lore compared to video game mechanics. I will say I really, really hate how they tinkered with his story, but it’s a good excuse to post this clip.
And for bonus, another cinematic for the upcoming release of Legion. I haven’t pre-ordered but I will. Probably a week before launch because I’m lazy. The cover of Dust in the Wind on top of the graphics is really moving. I may or may not have cried in the movie theater when this showed. Don’t judge me.
Now, onto the parts of the movie that I believe fell short. I give this movie a 7 out of 10 which sounds incredibly harsh but the opportunity for improvement was so high. I am going to write this as spoiler-free as possible, but it’s also possible I’m the last person on the planet to have seen the movie since it’s been out a whole week and a half.
I do not take the honor of Loremaster lightly. The story that was written for Garona was so watered down and stylized. Unnecessary changes. I understand the use of plot device and the movie is not the book, not the game, and not the lore. But come on. She is translating for a Draenei at the beginning of the movie FFS! Maybe the sequels will make it all come together, but there was NO REASON FOR IT TO NOT BE TOGETHER NERD RAAAAAGE!
King Llane. Nice enough guy. Behavior of a king? Give me a fucking break. His actions are not the actions of someone who trusts in The Guardian and there was no reason for him not to. While the scene (and if you’ve seen it you know what I’m talking about) was necessary to move the story along quickly, the decision was not his to make. I’m not going to spoil it BUT COME ON AGAIN. I am writing in ALL CAPS AND SAYING NOTHING BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN IT WAS SO DUMB HOLY FUCK WHAT A WIENER.
The foreground plants. This is the dumbest, nit-pickingist of them all but the fucking plants. The ents in LOTR: The Two Towers ruined plants in movies forever. Look at how fake that shit is. I want real motherfucking ents. PAY MORE FOR THE REAL THING, HIRE ENTS NOT PEOPLE IN ENT FACE. A desert/dry area scene and a spot overlooking the orc camp. This kind of detail pisses me off. There were plenty of other outside scenes where the setting is perfect. One unnatural, plastic-y rustling and my suspension of disbelief is out the window.
Did we have to change the story behind every major orc character? Really? That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works!
7 out of 10 isn’t bad. I’d own it, but not pay to see it again in the theater. I loved it more than I didn’t and as far as movies made from video games, comic books, novels, etc, I’d say it did well. The onus is on the second movie now to show why all these changes were made and to move the story along at an acceptable pace.
Overall a good Father’s Day. It’s usually an easy time to get lost in nostalgia but this is the first time in a long time that it felt as if we were all living in the present.
A nice present indeed.
*actual quote is actual quote. Watch the movie, it’s in there.