Live action movies inspired from video games have been known to be rather disappointing in the past years. However, Japan has been quite successful with their animation movies such as Pokemon, Super Mario Bros (1986) and more recently with Yo-Kai Watch. On the other hand, on the international screens it has been a different story. We started with Super Mario Bros. in 1993 and none of the live action movies from this date reached higher than a 6.6/10 review on IMDB (Prince of Persia: The sands of time in 2010 and Silent Hill in 2006). It was about time for a change!
As some may know, this movie was first announced in 2006! It was meant to take place in the universe of Warcraft: Orc and Humans. After dropping this idea, it was delayed all the way to 2011. However, even then, Blizzard had been struggling with finding the perfect team and story. It was originally going to be Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead series, Spider man trilogy, Oz the Great and Powerful,…) who was supposed to be the director for the film. However, he was replaced by Duncan Jones (Moon and Source Code) in 2013. He immediately changed the script, with Blizzard’s approval, to give the orcs a more human aspect instead of making them the bad guys. Duncan Jones was unfortunate in the early making of the movie since he learned that his wife had breast cancer. Also, his father, David Bowie, died of cancer during late production.
For the Horde or the Alliance?
“From Light comes Darkness and from Darkness come Light.”-Warcraft : The Beginning, 2016.
Art and Music
Blizzard’s art style as always been very iconic. We all know our characters have these huge shoulder armor and massive boots. It was another challenge for the movie team but they did aim for that style even if it seemed impossible. The massive armors created for the movie are true to the ones we would see in Stormwind and it is candy to the eye. Same goes to the Inn and all the other buildings that most of us walked in in the game. They are as you would imagine them and it feel like home! If you look closely, you will also notice that many Easter eggs are in various scenes! Try to find them all! Another really amazing thing from the art of this film was the soundtrack. It was unique and staying true to Blizzard’s style. Overall, the teams behind the visuals did a really great job!
In North America, Warcraft opened alongside the Conjuring 2 and Now you see me 2, which might have affected it’s popularity. In its first weekend, it was right behind the Conjuring 2 in the box office but the sells fell by 70% on it’s second weekend. However, outside of North America it has been a great success! It was the biggest opening day of all time in Ukraine, the biggest in Germany for 2016 and the second one in Russia right behind Deadpool. While in China it was one of the most anticipated film of all times. So far, this movie has made $380.4 million in the box office with a budget of $160 million. Will it be enough to get a second movie in the future? We would love to see one and we can’t wait to see the director’s cut for this one!