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World of Warcraft : First Movie Reviews - A Mixed Bag So Far

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  • LokeroLokero Member RarePosts: 1,514
    reeereee said:
    When I finished reading that review I noticed "From Kotaku" below it and assigned a relevance rating of zero to it. 

    That said the first two are pretty damning.  It's one thing saying it's bad for a movie, it's another thing to say it's bad for a video game movie which are usually terrible. 
    I have to agree with you there.  Kotaku died as a quality site ages ago.  I quit visiting them long, long ago.  It's just garbage nowadays.

    Still, an overwhelming consensus deriding something is usually a sign.

    I really don't think anybody is surprised by what we are hearing.  There were so many clues/signs working against the film.  Not the least of which being the time it took to keep a director/script and actually make the film.  Haven't they been trying to make that movie for like 8 years?

    Still, when it comes to DVD, I'll check it out and just remind myself, if needed, that "Hey, it could be worse.  You could be sitting through Episode 7 again."
  • MMOExposedMMOExposed Member RarePosts: 7,079
    oh shit. the storm comes

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed Member RarePosts: 7,079
    SBFord said:
    Aeolyn said:
    I'd like to know if these reviews are comparing the movie to the lore/books or the online game... or based solely on what in their personal view a fantasy warcraft movie should be?
    My guess would be that these reviewers have little or no knowledge of lore. Based on what I've seen, however, they lore is utterly butchered in the movie -- I mean Garona and Lothar? O.o She was Medivh's lover. And that's just the beginning.
    wait wtf?

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  • klash2defklash2def Member EpicPosts: 1,733

    Lokero said:




    It seems as of 2012 they still do make their own in house.
    ......
    .....
    Thanks, turtle.  You are on top of things as usual!



    yea but Blur is a tad better than blizz cgi.. http://www.blur.com/work/

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  • GroqstrongGroqstrong Member RarePosts: 480
    Usually the critics and the audience opinions are far apart
  • azurreiazurrei Member UncommonPosts: 332
    edited May 2016
    The movie is probably going to be mediocre, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.  FIVE REVIEWS.  Come on people, once we see 50+ reviews then you can argue about it...FWIW go look at IMDB reviews so far. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0803096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  • DKLondDKLond Member RarePosts: 2,273
    Trailer looked terrible to me, that's for sure.
  • SiphaedSiphaed Member RarePosts: 1,114

    Lokero said:





    I have said it all along, Blizzard should have just made a pure CGI movie for WOW or Diablo.


    Their cinematics are amazing.






    While I agree and love their games' CGI shorts, do they even make their own CGI clips? I recall hearing once back in the day that those were outsourced, but I don't really know much about that. Does Blizzard do its own in-house shorts?



    They're done in-house. The SW:TOR ones and other from Bethesda and multiple studios have been outsourced by BLUR studios, but not Blizzard's. It is totally 100% in-house.




    On Topic:

    The problem I'm seeing with the reviews is the same from people expecting this to be "World of Warcraft movie". It is not. It is Warcraft; as in the RTS from the 1990's. I swear they were far too late in tacking on either the "Orcs vs Humans" or "The Beginning" labels to try to sell it as a non-WoW movie. The RTS games were about grit and story, and ....they weren't WoW. WoW was set in the universe of Warcraft, but post those events. And the humor in WoW is there to basically make it an enjoyable online experience with friends.

    That seems to be the main issue with this movie. It cannot distance itself from WoW enough to try to sell the story of the old games alone. WoW is such a big phenomenon that the game bleeds into the opinions of this movie, whether Blizzard wants it to or not.


  • Loke666Loke666 Member EpicPosts: 21,441
    Movie reviewers. What can I say? Pretentious, uptight idiots would be a fair description I think. Movie reviewers are useless in my opinion. They always downplay action and fantasy films, the typical big, summer blockbusters. That's not to say that a lot of game to movie adaptations have not been terrible but I'm gonna have to wait on this one and see for myself.

    These are the same people that said that Man of Steel was terrible movie and that Gal Gadot was good as Wonder Woman.

    I'd rather watch the film and make my own mind up.
    Still, a movie based on a game should tell you something... Other movies based on games: 
    Super Mario Bros. May 28, 1993
    Double Dragon November 4, 1994
    Street Fighter December 23, 1994
    Mortal Kombat August 18, 1995
    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation November 21, 1997
    Wing Commander March 12, 1999
    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider June 15, 2001
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within July 11, 2001
    Resident Evil March 15, 2002
    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life July 25, 2003
    House of the Dead October 10, 2003
    Resident Evil: Apocalypse September 10, 2004
    Alone in the Dark January 28, 2005
    Doom October 21, 2005
    BloodRayne January 6, 2006
    Silent Hill April 21, 2006
    DOA: Dead or Alive September 7, 2006
    Postal July 21, 2007
    Resident Evil: Extinction September 21, 2007
    Hitman November 21, 2007
    In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale January 11, 2008
    Far Cry October 2, 2008
    Max Payne October 17, 2008
    Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li February 27, 2009
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010
    Resident Evil: Afterlife September 10, 2010
    Resident Evil: Retribution September 14, 2012
    Silent Hill: Revelation October 26, 2012
    Need for Speed March 14, 2014
    Hitman: Agent 47 August 21, 2015
    Ratchet and Clank April 29, 2016
    The Angry Birds Movie[90] May 20, 2016

    See many good movies on this list? And most of the Uve Boll masterpieces isn't even on it... The thing they have in common is that they all suck, possibly excepted Wing commander.
  • DKLondDKLond Member RarePosts: 2,273
    Wing Commander sucks big time.
  • AeolynAeolyn Member UncommonPosts: 350
    Loke666 said:
    Movie reviewers. What can I say? Pretentious, uptight idiots would be a fair description I think. Movie reviewers are useless in my opinion. They always downplay action and fantasy films, the typical big, summer blockbusters. That's not to say that a lot of game to movie adaptations have not been terrible but I'm gonna have to wait on this one and see for myself.

    These are the same people that said that Man of Steel was terrible movie and that Gal Gadot was good as Wonder Woman.

    I'd rather watch the film and make my own mind up.
    Still, a movie based on a game should tell you something... Other movies based on games: 
    <big snip>

    See many good movies on this list? And most of the Uve Boll masterpieces isn't even on it... The thing they have in common is that they all suck, possibly excepted Wing commander.
    The best part is that I haven't watched a single one of those...
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,159
    edited May 2016
    I am not ashamed to say I really liked
     
    Mortal Kombat (the first one)
    Tomb Raider(The first one)
    Hitman (2007) 
    Silent Hill (The first one)
    Resident Evil (The first one)

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  • scorpex-xscorpex-x Member RarePosts: 1,030
    Aeolyn said:
    I'd like to know if these reviews are comparing the movie to the lore/books or the online game... or based solely on what in their personal view a fantasy warcraft movie should be?

    Does it matter?  A crap movie is a crap movie.  If you have to be familiar with wow's goofy lore to see the movie then they kinda failed at making a good movie didn't they?


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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 14,185
    I am not ashamed to say I really liked
     
    Mortal Kombat (the first one)
    Tomb Raider(The first one)
    Hitman (2007) 
    Silent Hill (The first one)
    Resident Evil (The first one)
    Good list. I enjoyed some of those too... nothing wrong with watching some trash now and then. We all have our guilty pleasures, critics be damned.

    However, I didn't go to the theater for any of those B films. They're better at home for free on Netflix or a movie channel.

    There are also plenty of good movies that were box office flops. Blade Runner, The Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club and Raging Bull among them.

    People get way too worked up over movies they like not being the most successful or best reviewed, Just like with games.

    I think now I'll go rewatch Fanboys. RT score 32% and I've enjoyed it every time I've watched it :)
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  • jesteralwaysjesteralways Member RarePosts: 2,560

    SBFord said:


    Aeolyn said:

    I'd like to know if these reviews are comparing the movie to the lore/books or the online game... or based solely on what in their personal view a fantasy warcraft movie should be?


    My guess would be that these reviewers have little or no knowledge of lore. Based on what I've seen, however, they lore is utterly butchered in the movie -- I mean Garona and Lothar? O.o She was Medivh's lover. And that's just the beginning.



    See, was i wrong when i said this movie would give me heart attack? What a disgrace..

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  • kairel182kairel182 Member UncommonPosts: 287
    Elidien said:
    Movie reviews will be irrelevant for the movie. Gamers will go see it, WOW fans will go see it, fantasy and sci-fi fans will go see it. Very few of that crowd will pay attention to reviews. And those that do (for the most part) would not have this movie in their queue to see.

    The reviews for Batman vs. Superman were not good (it did fine), the early reviews for X-Men Apocalypse are not good (it will do fine).

    Will the movie be good? That's for each person to decide. It will not be amazing cinema except maybe for special effects and its motion capture technology. It depends on people's expectations....all I expect from the movie is 2 hour of eye candy, fantasy action and seeing a genre I love come to the big screen. Expecting anything more is wishful thinking at best.

    Will it be successful? Depends on what the studio wants it to do. It must earn back its production cost and marketing cost to be a financial success but beyond that, the studio has internal projections.

    it will do fine in the crowds to which it appeals and will draw few others. 
    I've been gaming for majority of my life and I have no interest in this movie.  I'm definitely not a WoW fan, so again, zero interest.  And I love fantasy/sci-fi but this just looks awful.  Tolkien and Warhammer have much more in-depth and interesting similar content to explore, no reason to watch the PG version (War'craft').


    I do agree on the aspect that movie reviews mean jack shit but this abomination had 'pass' written all over it from the beginning.  Now all that being said, if it was an actual CGI movie like others have mentioned, I'd have to consider watching it.  But as of now?  LOL, nope.
  • BloodaxesBloodaxes Member EpicPosts: 4,231
    Man, I really expected it to not be that great but at the same time I wished it would be good.

    I kinda liked the possibility on having a trilogy like lord of the rings but in the world of warcraft universe. There's so much lore that could be used in movies.... They even have Diablo and Starcraft too if they even wanted to.

    I still think they should have stuck with CGI only. Like resident evil movies, they made no fucking sense whatsoever but the CGI ones where not bad.

  • ArskaaaArskaaa Member RarePosts: 1,265


    I have said it all along, Blizzard should have just made a pure CGI movie for WOW or Diablo.

    Their cinematics are amazing.



    tis what all fans wanted/wished.

    knew tis movie gonna sucks becouse that female orc looks like human.
  • exile01exile01 Member RarePosts: 1,050

    Thupli said:

    Hollywood reviewers are reviewing this, not mmorpg players. Don't expect a pass or glowing review just because it spawned from a game.



    MMO players are far less forgiving and even more toxic.
  • DeathengerDeathenger Member UncommonPosts: 880
    edited May 2016
    They pretty much knew it was crap. Why else would they give away free copy's of the game for anybody who sees the movie. Giving the game away for free costs them nothing, but definitely pads the numbers on the movie if people are going out to spent 20$ on a crap movie to get the entire game.
     
  • DeathengerDeathenger Member UncommonPosts: 880

    DMKano said:

    Rotten tomato reviews are coming in - ehm:



    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/warcraft/#contentReviews



    The negative:



    "The final product brings to mind those animated advertisements for iPhone app games."



    "Unconvincing and generic, with nothing to compare to either the dramatic heft of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or the raunch and gore of Game of Thrones."



    The positive:



    "A flawed but likable adventure that I would happily go on again, preferably as a double feature with The Beastmaster, Legend or Ladyhawke."



    "Dramatically and technically, Warcraft gives the concept of "hybrid" new punch."





    So far it's at 40% :/




    How dare he lump Legend in there with Beast Master and LadyHawk
     
  • RusqueRusque Member RarePosts: 2,785
    Okay, well then. I was holding onto a glimmer of hope, but I guess it's going to be a pile of fail. Maybe I'll skip the cinema and wait for Netflix. Thanks Obama.
  • tenfootgoatman123tenfootgoatman123 Member UncommonPosts: 53
    Doing a brief google search to see what others were saying about this movie it does seem to be mostly negative .

    Variety's review made me laugh it called the movie an epic fail .

    I don't suppose it will damage the game in any way but it may not help it as much as many thought it would either .

    I think Duncan Jones would have been well advised to keep away from such a film in the first place . He's a talented director but even he isn't going to be able to polish a turd .

    It could have been worse though it could have had Kung Fu Panda's in it ( or does it ? )
  • Gobstopper3DGobstopper3D Member RarePosts: 878
    Usually, if a critic likes a movie, I won't and vice versa. My youngest daughter and I are going to see it as she is a huge WoW fan.

    I'm not an IT Specialist, Game Developer, or Clairvoyant in real life, but like others on here, I play one on the internet.

  • gervaise1gervaise1 Member EpicPosts: 6,919
    edited May 2016
    A game. Rank the upcoming new film releases

    US (Memorial Day) holiday weekend. Tough call.
    1. Alice through the Looking Glass (sequel to 2010 billion+ hit and Disney are on their A game so far this year). 2. X-Men Apocalypse (next X-Men, previous took $700M+, already $100M+ in non-US weekend launch.) 3. Angry Birds

    Ist weekend in June. 1. Alice 2. X-Men 3. TMNT (new turtles movie, 3rd in current series of $200M+ films) 4 / 5 Me Before You / Popstar.

    2nd weekend in June. 1. Alice 2. X-Men (will depend on previous 2 weeks, Angry Birds did displace CA: CW this weekend but it had the previous 2 weeks to itself). 3-8 Now You See Me 2, Conjuring 2, Warcraft, TMNT. Me Before You, Popstar

    3rd weekend in June. 1 Finding Dorey (remember Nemo) 2. Alice 3. Central Intelligence 4. X-Men or maybe one of the previous weeks new releases. 5 and beyond - see above

    4th weekend: 1. Independence Day 2 . Finding Dorey 3. Alice 4. Free State of Jones maybe ....

    Last weekend in June - sees the addition of Tarzan and The BFG (and another wide release). Ouch. And the chance of Warcraft being in cinemas in July is slim (Ghostbusters, Ice Age, Star Trek, Jason Bourne and other hopefuls)

    And this ignores hold overs from films that launched prior to Memorial Day.

    This weekend for example Zootopia took nearly $2M in its 12th week, The Jungle Book $11M in its 6th week and CA:CW $36M So even though Angry Birds managed to be number 1 (hurray) it only took $39M. And the other two wide releases less than $20M. And the chance of Angry Birds doing much this weekend - yeah.

    Warcraft will struggle just like Angry Birds has struggled because of the other films around it. The bad reviews won't help of course.
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