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You think the WOW movie will be successful?

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  • KilraneKilrane Member UncommonPosts: 322
    I voted average, but I'm talking ticket sales.  The marketing of the film, along with the offer of a month of WOW with all expansions, will probably make sure that the movie will at least receive enough ticket sales to guarantee a reasonable turn out.  I just can't see this as the "run away success" movie this summer.

    I totally plan on seeing it, but I'm also going to keep my expectations low.  If it's decent, it will be worth the ticket price and a bit of a reminder of the nostalgia I have for vanilla WOW.
  • KopogeroKopogero Member UncommonPosts: 1,685
    Blizz is very lucky to grab the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok for the movie. Other than that I'm afraid the story will be very mainstream. I do hope the movie succeeds though cuz if it doesn't it means no Warcraft 2 movie and I would take that over nothing, but regardless....there are so many other amazing movies coming this summer and I care less.

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  • Ashar1972Ashar1972 Member UncommonPosts: 24
    I think it'll definitely make its money back. If most of Blizzard customers (not just the WoW ones) go alone that would easily cover the cost of making the film. Will it be profitable enough, and well received enough, to make the execs go "Start making the sequel right now!" is less obvious.

    I've read in forums some MMO fans criticise the heavy use of CGI, and I get their points, but I think to the mainstream audience (who will take it from covering costs to a financial win) this isn't really a concern - immersion and attachment will be, like pretty much every other movie or theatre ever performed in history.

    The heart of the lore of Warcraft is solid and fits "The Heroes Journey" as well as many other cosmological settings we love to see in our stories told over and over again. I think the decision to cover more than 'Orcs and Humans' was a very wise choice. Taking it further means the politics, redemption, villainy, heroism, racism and those who fight to overcome it, there's stuff on abusing the environment, that both sides of the conflict are not black and white 2-d bad guy vs good guy (despite initial appearances), etc all of which can be appealing to the modern audience irrespective of whether they have played the games or not. Indeed not having played the games may be a bigger draw for many, who knows? Players can be blinded by the history of the game (for all the bad decisions Blizzard made), and confuse that with the history of the world, which as I said is solid.

    The questions for me are do you think Chris Metzen is a good story-teller? Is Duncan Jones a good director? Are Duncan Jones and Charles Leavitt competent at screenplay? For me, the answer to those questions are yes these are quality players being put into the mix. However since that gnome stole my crystal ball, I unfortunately can't tell what the future will hold for it. I think it will tick all of the boxes in the professionally made category. But will it be immersive, and will the non-gamer find the characters worthy of emotional attachment? Will the world be something that invites them to want to see more stories from within it? Those more than CGI or whether it is like or not like another film group will more decide its fate I think.
  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,295
    The Doom movie was mediocre, the Dungeon and Dragon one was pure crap (hopefully the reboot will be worth seeing).

    But Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is a great, very poetic movie. I love it and I regularly watch my Blu-Ray disc. Sure the animations aren't as good as Avatar, but that was 8 years before.

    The Resident Evil movies are mindless fun, just as expected from such a franchise.

    Prince of Persia was a decent swashbuckler, no doubt Warcraft can only be better.

    Blizzard has an habit of delivering quality products. I'll give this movie a chance before I put it in the box of other video game adaptation failures. The lore of Warcraft is huge and complex, there's material to make amazing movies from it.

    PS: so people critic the heavy use of CGI? How do you think one can create living orcs nowadays, with foam latex costumes? If the CGI is just half as good as the one from Avatar, it will be impressive. And it's Industrial Light and Magic who do the effects, that's already an assurance of quality.
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  • feroshusferoshus Member UncommonPosts: 164
    Kopogero said:
    Blizz is very lucky to grab the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok for the movie. Other than that I'm afraid the story will be very mainstream. I do hope the movie succeeds though cuz if it doesn't it means no Warcraft 2 movie and I would take that over nothing, but regardless....there are so many other amazing movies coming this summer and I care less.
    Yeah he's definitely a big draw right now, it will help quite a bit. I chose average, I couldn't see it doing better than Batman vs Superman, and that didn't end up so amazing. Personally, I'll catch it on Netflix.
  • JakobmillerJakobmiller Member UncommonPosts: 333
    Well.. It will be a huge success regardless, since there are sooo many that know about it that will see it. Period. The question is. Will it be a niche to these players or will the gamers bring their partners and their friends and their friends friends? That is the question.

    I think it might be the wrong time to release the movie though. Why not wait to like august? A few months before the expansion releases to gain more hype. Might also be a let down and therefor they release the movie now before summer so people will forget :)
  • MukeMuke Member RarePosts: 2,614
    i hear they are checking peoples gear score before buying a ticket...
    Best tickets are for the ones that have a active subscription and bought at least a dozen pets in the Blizzard Store.

    Forgot to tell this: visitors with Nostalrius T-shirts are BANNED from watching the movie.

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  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 3,025
    It's not a WoW movie, first of all.....
  • fodell54fodell54 Member RarePosts: 859
    edited May 2016
    I think it will be successful. However, I'm only going to see it because my 11 year old son wants to. I personally would much rather see the Conjuring 2.
  • fodell54fodell54 Member RarePosts: 859
    PS: so people critic the heavy use of CGI? How do you think one can create living orcs nowadays, with foam latex costumes? If the CGI is just half as good as the one from Avatar, it will be impressive. And it's Industrial Light and Magic who do the effects, that's already an assurance of quality.
    Completely agree. I bet the same people complaining about the CGI were the ones stuffing their face with popcorn while watching Avatar.
  • TsumoroTsumoro Member UncommonPosts: 435
    fodell54 said:
    PS: so people critic the heavy use of CGI? How do you think one can create living orcs nowadays, with foam latex costumes? If the CGI is just half as good as the one from Avatar, it will be impressive. And it's Industrial Light and Magic who do the effects, that's already an assurance of quality.
    Completely agree. I bet the same people complaining about the CGI were the ones stuffing their face with popcorn while watching Avatar.
    I think the point is being missed here, its not the CGI per se people have a problem with, its the mix-medium that makes it feel off. Take Beowulf for example which was a CG movie a simular thing could of been done here. However the mix-medium of real actors and CGI ones doesn't add to the movies strength, in my opinion. 

    Whether the filmn is a success remains to be seen, but I can only see fans of the franchise being interested in it. Time shall tell I guess.

  • DullahanDullahan Member EpicPosts: 4,534
    I predict it won't even do half as well as Independence Day: Resurgence.


  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,180
    I'm predicting it is going to shock a lot of people. I think it'll be a success maybe not huge(you didn't give me an option above average. Now do I think it will get great reviews? eh who knows.

    I have no idea what is wrong with you people comparing this to the Dungeons and Dragons movie. I really have no words for this comparison. 
  • NightHaveNNightHaveN Member UncommonPosts: 1,051
    I don't have predictions either since there have been so many game to movie screw ups before.  But since is a fresh IP coming to theaters and there have been no sci-fi / medieval movie types around (unless you count the plumbed Huntsman sequel), plus the market being full with superhero movies and 2nd quality secuels.  I actually believe it has a nice chance.
  • Joseph_KerrJoseph_Kerr Member RarePosts: 1,113
    Judging by the trailers, I think it'll go the way of the Superman Vs Batman movie and receive negative reviews.
  • Mors.MagneMors.Magne Member UncommonPosts: 1,549
    edited May 2016
    It's got A LOT going for it:


    - A sexy female lead who looks as if she can fight.

    - Probably sexy Night Elves, Blood Elves etc. etc.

    - Some good battles.

    - Strong villains (better than the new Star Wars baddy who looks like Kevin From Accounts).

    - It's WoW: a fantastic conversation point.

    - Lots of existing material from which good plots can be made. Plenty of scope for cliff-hangers and sequels.

    It won't be the new Star Wars, but it might well be the new Game of Thrones on steroids - bigger battles, more magic, sexy elves, more interesting monsters, locations with more variety etc. etc.
  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,870
    edited May 2016
    I think it will do just fine.  Probably not break records and it might even get some negative reviews.  Specially by those who don't even play video games or who think all things video game related is trash.  But I think it will do good enough for them to at least want to attempt a sequel.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they already plan on a trilogy since Warcraft is a huge IP that has some great box office potential.

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  • coretex666coretex666 Member EpicPosts: 3,837
    I think it will do ok. 

    I have no desire to see it though. The story and the overall tone are not very attractive for me. I would prefer darker movie about Arthas and his way to the frozen throne. 
  • AnirethAnireth Member UncommonPosts: 940
    Given that there is no WoW movie, no, i don't think it will be successful.

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  • filmoretfilmoret Member EpicPosts: 4,906
    Anireth said:
    Given that there is no WoW movie, no, i don't think it will be successful.
    Ok please elaborate since you are so much smarter then us.
    Are you onto something or just on something?
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,339
    edited May 2016
    I'm not sure about box office success though I think it can do well on Blu-Ray

    edit: I think the Blu-ray will be a hit because fans of WOW will want the super, deluxe, awesome, directors,OMFG, limited edition, steelcase, collectors edition which will sell for $100 to $150
    Fans will eat it up.
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  • reeereeereeereee Member UncommonPosts: 1,636
    Ashar1972 said:
    The questions for me are do you think Chris Metzen is a good story-teller?
    Metzen is going to overplay the orcs until no one can stand them just like he did in WoW. 

    It's going to come across super preachy about how noble the orcs are, how the humans aren't treating them right, and how human prejudice is the primary obstacle to peace.  With the central event of the movie being the birth of green jesus and how he will save us all one day.   
  • PsyqotiqPsyqotiq Member UncommonPosts: 18
    I believe it will be a decent movie but will do very well in theaters. 
  • Ashar1972Ashar1972 Member UncommonPosts: 24
    edited May 2016
    reeereee said:
    With the central event of the movie being the birth of green jesus and how he will save us all one day.   
    I think Green Moses is the more accurate metaphor. And the Orcs were noble at their heart until they fell for being duped by a corrupted Titan and his cronies. Redemption is a powerful force in our collective sotry-telling.
  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 7,267
    Its not gonna do that well mainly because even though WoW is big in terms of MMORPG genre, its not really something ALOT of would people would have heard of. People who have heard of wow would go, sure, but honestly that's not enough money to really top any charts
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