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2016: Hot or Not – Warcraft

Let’s wave goodbye to 2015! Good times, bad times we’ve had them all – but you know what they say, as one door closes, another one opens. Over the coming month we’ll be bringing you a snapshot of everything 2016 has to offer – the good, the bad and the ugly. Hold onto your hats folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The Warcraft movie was always destined to be the subject of both harsh criticism and fanboying due to its video game roots. Therefore, Impact Film and TV has decided to deliver this ‘Hot or Not’ through the eyes of two viewers: an entrenched Warcraft lover and an (almost) newcomer to the world of Azeroth.

The Newcomer:

On first appearance it seems like the plot of this film is quite boring. The trailer focused mainly on Orcs and Humans and their somewhat rocky relationship with one another. With beautiful scenery and many shots featuring hills and mountains, it seems like  this film gearing up to take on its excellent predecessors such as Lord of The Rings and Avatar. However, it seems as though an overuse of poor CGI will be the letdown of this film. Some scenes and characters look fantastic and well created, however, the small green Orc baby is laughable in its resemblance of the beloved Dreamworks character Shrek. Unfortunately, the ropey CGI mixed with what appears to be a very average plot line, sets Warcraft 2016 to be a big disappointment.

Larissa Rowan


The Diehard:

Even before the first trailer was released, I was bristling with excitement at the thought of a long awaited Warcraft movie, so it was with an almost opaque pair of rose coloured glasses that I dove into the first trailer.  The plot seems to be both a solid and familiar, with a narration by Anduin Lothar that gives a brief introduction to the first war between orcs and humans, before breaking into exposition with crescendos of grisly combat. Lothar gives the viewer a gryphon-back tour across stunning and faithful Warcraft locations, ranging from a bustling Stormwind to a fantastically serene Aeris Landing. Unfortunately, the incredible vistas leave the rest of the visuals looking rather lacklustre. The transitions between whole camps of unconvincing CGI orcs to amazing scenery and vast human armies is jarring to say the least, with the baby Thrall showcasing this perfectly as he is almost indistinguishable from his character in the now 14 year old game ‘Warcraft III’. These qualms aside, this movie is still one to look forward to for fans of the franchise, and the possibility of an eventual sequel covering the story of the Lich King make for an even more tantalising prospect.

Tim Cave

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