Based on the incredibly popular, and successful computer games by Blizzard Entertainment, after a very long wait, we are finally treated to a movie adaptation. The story of Warcraft, now told via the visual narrative of film.
The Orc are fleeing their home to Azeroth, a peaceful realm. Now on the brink of war, the humans and the other races must face the orc warriors before they are destroyed, and the Orc take their home as their own. Travel between the two worlds is via a portal, created by magic and fuelled by the souls of the living. As 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.
The story begins with establishing the various races and worlds, a treat for those who do not know the world that is Warcraft. Although the character development might feel a tad tiresome to fans of the game, who would be eager to move to the more action oriented aspect of battle, this ensures that those less familiar with Warcraft are brought up to speed.
The visuals are superb, with amazing computer effects and animation, yet staying true to the origins of Warcraft, as viewers are sure to notice subtleties from the games in each characters movement, as well as the landscape.
While Orcs and magic, humans and lands of magic might not be for all audiences, Warcraft has its very own audience, forged from a vast horde of fans who not only love, but live the game. A fun escape from the mundane, some action to boot, and a plot that whilst not to entangled, is not too predictable either.
Warcraft opens Friday 10 June 2016 in South Africa.