Thursday, 9 June 2016

To The Movies!

I don't know how much I've talked about this on the blog but I'm a huge Warcraft-er. Or was. Four things happened to me in my 17th or 18th year. To be honest I'm a little fuzzy on the details. The first is I fell in love. The second is my heart was broken. The third is I began watching wrestling (and still do nine years later), the fourth was that I began playing World of Warcraft. And yes, all four events are related.
I'd played Warcraft III before then, but didn't have the internet until that year too.
A few years later I dropped the game because all of the friends I had made on there stopped playing. I was mostly playing so I didn't need to be alone and, well, I was left alone. To be honest all my friends leaving the game is one of the reasons I have such major abandonment issues these days. Wheee. Anyway, I still loved the world. I knew a lot about Warcraft lore. I read the books, I read the comics (I still have the Death Knight manga) and I fell in love with the series as a whole. So when I heard they made a Warcraft movie I knew I had to see it.
Look at this sweet poster I got
I watched the trailer for it at Paul's house and he agreed to take me for my birthday. He's interested in fantasy stuff himself but admits he doesn't like Warcraft. So off to the movies we went on Monday. I knew the movie would either be great or terrible.

It was....kinda in the middle to be honest.

I will say I think they did a good job with the story. The events of the movie are pretty much how things play out in actual WoW lore. I'm just not very familiar with that part of the lore. It covers the beginning whereas I'm more familiar with the events of Warcraft III and World of Warcraft. I know some of the stuff before then thanks to the books but even I had to read up on the story when I got home. Unfortunately Paul wasn't as big a fan of the thing as me. But I liked it. That was what mattered. I expect I'll like the sequels more as they'll deal with the aspects of the story I'm more familiar with.

As a movie though it kinda wasn't that great. The story was good, but they did a really bad job of telling it. There was a lot of stuff that wasn't explained, some that was explained badly, and scenes that happen without any setup at all. Which is odd because they did things to set up sequels, such as introducing us to baby Thrall and young Varian Wrynn.

Still, I was entertained and I hope there are some sequels. The game also did a good job of pulling me back into Warcraft. I already got my hands on some of those books I mentioned earlier. The second one, called The Last Guardian, will be roughly the story of the movie. I also plan on picking the game back up over the summer. My Constant Companion, for there is no better word for her, is working at a summer camp. So I'll be alone and without anything to do for most of the summer. I plan on buying a three month subscription.

It'll take me about that long to get sick of it again.

I can say I'm very engrossed in the books though. I haven't read a book like this in a long time.


  1. It's a movie adaptation of a pre-existing work, and no small one at that. Honestly can't say I expected anything different from your reaction: "As a movie though it kinda wasn't that great." They probably made assumptions about their viewers, and even then didn't focus properly.
    It was nice to see a high-profile game-related film again though, even if it was sub-par.

  2. Movie adaptations rarely go well because the studios know they already have a built in audience. I know nothing of 'Warcraft' and have never really been a gamer since I got rid of my ZX Spectrum!

  3. So would it be better to know nothing of the franchise like me?

  4. All I know about World of Warcraft and anything related to it is that a friend quit his job and lived off his parents for a couple years because he'd beocme a raid leader on WoW and had to prioritize his life.

    Everything in mdoeration!

  5. I am definitely going to have to rent Warcraft... seems like a fun time.


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