So, i just came home from the cinema and thought i leave some very quick, incomplete first impressions here.
When i entered the cinema, i was the only person in there - i kid you not! I took a snapshot of the empty room with my mobile phone and sent it to my cousin. Can't see much on that pic, because the lights were already way down low, otherwise i'd post it here. After me 7 more people came to watch the movie. Good thing: nobody left during the movie.
I'm not a lore nerd, so the storyline didn't offend me. But even for what was told, the duration of about 2hrs was too little time. Many terms and names get thrown around without introduction, as if every viewer would know them, i can see this alienating alot of people.
Did not like: In my opinion lots of miscastings. -Ben Foster as Medivh just did not fit -the guy who played Khadgar -who was that again? Totally uninspired and ...boring. -Lady Taria/Ruth Negga ..who? -Travis Fimmel basicly played 90% Ragnar Lothbrok. His facial expressions, even some gestures...and if he didnt, he looked bland. -Elves.. O-M-G they were bad, their ears and overall looks. Also a japanese elf! WTF!?
They shouldn't have casted b-level actors that then totally disappear underneath Orc CGI, but take unknown actors for the CGI and put more money into the casting of the characters we actually see. Terribly cheap wigs on some of the male actors!
Dialogues were at times cringeworthy-hollywoodesque, esp. poor Garona. But ok.. the 13yr old have to understand the movie as well. Expect phrases and clichés.
Did like: -The orcs. Huge, brutal. Hraaaagh!!! Incredible how they are portrait here, also the CGI. The Orc females were rough and brute. Draka was also incredibly well done. -Dwarfs..although only short appearances, they are greatly done. -Lots of little references to the game. A portal stone in the background (but in Elwynn Forest?), many weapons and pieces or armor you know from the game. Even some of the games' orc animations can be seen now and then. -Garona is INCREDIBLY hot! I want to take her feet in my mouth!! In her first scenes she looks huge, exoctic and wild. Then unfortunately Hollywood happens to her and she turns into a green emo human with a borderline naive touch (thanks to her dialogue). Somebody in Hollywood didn't understand her character. Her combat in the movie was rather pitiful and her flawless silky skin, perfect complexion and teeth withener is not doing this exceptional character justice. They should at least have given her some scars, a rough accent and more fierce portrayal altogether. -Gryphon flights were great
The CGI is WAY better than i remember it from the trailers. Also a generic, but solid musicial score -again no techno like in the trailer.
IMO the movie would have been better if it was the total WoW package, incl. undead, trolls and such, going for a trilogy. I don't think Duncan Jones was the right guy for this movie, but then i can't think of somebody who would have been.
I can see why the movie sort of misses the mark for many viewers. But it looks like they weren't really sure what the mark was in first place and so the movie has an obvious identity crisis. Sometimes something too big too fail is also too big get done right.
Entertaining nonetheless, i enjoyed my time for 6.50eur.