Movie Review: Warcraft (2016)

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Before we begin the review itself I just want to say  that I am no fan of the video games that this is based on. So any fanservice in this movie would kind of fly past me and wouldn’t change my judgment of anything. Just wanted to get it out of the way. Now, let’s do this shit.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Warcraft”.

Orcs have gone through a magic portal into the world of Azeroth, because their own world went to shit. The leader of the orcs, Gul’dan (Daniel Wu), will do anything to take over Azeroth. However, one of the other high(ish) ranking orcs named Durotan (Toby Kebbell) thinks that Gul’dan’s ways are wrong, and sort of sides with the humans to try to stop Gul’dan and his evil ways. Now this is some really interesting stuff. The basic idea is really interesting, as it presents both the human side and the orc side of things here. It’s not like “Human good, orc bad”, it’s a lot more grey than that, which is something I really liked about it. However, to be completely honest, the plot isn’t perfect. My main problem here is really the same as my main issue with the first “Harry Potter” movie. It sets up this world, a lot of the mythology existing in it, and the factions/characters, which kind of ruins the pacing a bit. The plot that we get presented is good, but the pacing is not.

The characters here are… okay. I never felt like I truly cared about any of them, except for maybe one of them. And that one was Durotan, the orc we follow for a good amount of the movie. His motivations were good and I did care about him. And Toby Kebbell, with the motion capture and voice acting was great in the role. Travis Fimmel played the main human character, Anduin Lothar, and I think he did a pretty good job. Paula Patton played a half human/half orc character named Garona, and she was good in her role. Ben Schnetzer played a young mage in the movie and he was okay. I felt like he was in the movie a bit too much, not because of his performance, but because there was just something about his character. We also got supporting performances from people like Ben Foster, Rob Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper, and Ruth Negga, all of whom did a pretty good job.

The music was composed by Ramin Djawadi and it was pretty damn badass. It was this big and epic orchestral score that worked really well in the movie, elevating a good amount of scenes, making some of them more (in lack of a better word) epic.

This movie was directed by Duncan Jones, a man who not only made two sci-fi movies I love, but who’s also apparently a big fan of the games. So with that knowledge I had hopes that it would be a well directed movie… and I was right. It’s a very well directed movie, the shots look great. Speaking of things looking great, let’s talk about the visual effects. Jesus fucking Christ, the effects here look great. The orcs look very realistic, and they blend very well with the human characters. Which brings me to the action scenes, all being really fun, exciting, and badass. And my guess is that they wouldn’t really have been as good if a different director would have taken it on.

This movie has not been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 28% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 32/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Warcraft” is far from a perfect movie, but it’s definitely one of the better video game movies out there. I can see the potential in a film franchise here. It has a good plot, okay characters, pretty good performances, really good music, great directing/action, and great visual effects. However it is bogged down a bit by poor pacing and the fact that I didn’t care too much about msot of the characters. Time for my final score. *rwlrwlrwlrwl*. My final score for “Warcraft” is an 8,55/10. So I’d say that it is worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Warcraft” is now completed.

Weird to see both Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Tulip (Ruth Negga) from “Preacher” in this movie…

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Action movies is something I think most people can agree that they like. Sure, everyone will not like every action movie but they will like something at least. Like me, I am not a fan of a whole bunch of action films (such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Last Action Hero”, both ironically starring Arnold). I like action movies that have a little bit of mind (“Terminator 2”, “The Matrix”, etc.). Sure, I like a few dumb ones as well, but I don’t want them to be too dumb. And then I heard about this one franchise starring Tom Cruise called “Mission: Impossible” a gew years back. And to be honest, I never watched the first three movie… but we’re reviewing the 4th one anyway!

Men and women… “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.

This movie is as far as I get it following the events of the third movie. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is in jail in Moscow. After he escapes said jail with the help from Agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) they do a job trying to get some files on where a certain man called “Cobalt” (Michael Nyqvist) is. But after Hunt leaves the building (The Kremlin to be exact) it gets blown to pieces. And the russians put the blame on IMF. So a thing called “Ghost Protocol” (Roll credits) gets initiated and basically disbands IMF. So now Ethan and his friends have to stop Cobalt without any help at all. Oh wait, they get some help. And that help comes in the form in analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). But as far as extra toys and guns from the organization… fuck that. I know my explanation of the story was pretty bad… but the story in general was overall very interesting. I was intrigued by it and it never felt dull or boring at all. The only parts of the story where I have to give a little less of a score is because of my sheer stupidity to watch this before all the other movies. Yes, I felt a little lost with a few details, but they were pretty minor. Overall, good story.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this movie. They were well-written and well-acted. Sure, these were not really Oscar contenders, but they were definitely getting the job done. I also like the chemistry between our main group of people (Cruise, Renner, Patton, Pegg). They had really good chemistry and it was really fun hearing them banter every now and then. My favorite character was honestly Brandt (Renner). He was this guy who was insecure about all the gadgets and the job they were doing. He was really fun… yet deep. I was also happily surprised with how good Michael Nyqvist did the role of the bad guy in the movie. I really enjoyed him. Good job Nyqvist!

The music was really exciting and really worked to sell both the action and locations of this movie. It was really great to listen to. Also… I love the Mission: Impossible theme. It really kicks ass.

The camera work in this movie is stunning. Brad Bird really knew what he was doing behind that camera. It was done in a way where the landscape shots became really beautiful! But the main thing about the camera work that I loved more than anything was that we actually got to see the action happening and not just get some bullshit shaky-cam! THANK YOU, BRAD BIRD!

The reception this movie got was good. This is the highest ranked Mission: Impossilbe movie on all major movie sites. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3,5/4 stars and saying the film

“is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry”

The movie has a 7,4/10 on imdb.com.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is a fun, thrilling action movie with solid perfromances and good writing. Final score coming up. My final score for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an 8,89/10. While it isn’t really worth the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”, it is definitely worth picking up.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” review is now completed.

This movie should be featured in the sci-fi category with all these futuristic gadgets…