There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it…? Its the coming age of video game adaptations for Hollywood, and its been a long time coming.
The first trailer for Warcraft released online last week, and its far better than what I expected. For the last year and a half director Duncan Jones (Moon), along with everyone at Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment have been busy bringing the World of Warcraft (WoW) to the big screen.
Like many of you out there, I’m not an avid player of the Warcraft game. It wasn’t the mythology of Warcraft that had me excited for this movie. It was more about a studio and a director finally taking a serious approach towards video game adaptations. I’ve been following the Warcraft movie since its announcement, and every step up til this point has further raised my anticipation.
The studio felt confident enough to finally present us with some footage, and it was truly WoW.
The first thing I noticed right away in the trailer were its visuals. What I saw was 20 months of post-production work in the making. And as impressive as it is, the final result has yet to be revealed. Warcraft has a June 10, 2016 release date, giving the studio plenty of time to touch up the movie’s heavy VFX.
The landscape of Warcraft shown in the trailer looked otherworldly. The costumes looked as if they came right out of the game. The biggest surprise was the look of the orcs. The studio went for a more human look with heavy CGI, and I bought into it. One movie that audiences are sure to compare this trailer to is The Lord of the Rings. However, Warcraft looks to separate itself and go away from a practical look of the orcs in favor of a more fantasy approach.
One thing that players of the Warcraft game, who want others to buy into this movie, will appreciate is the basic approach to the story. There’s a wide range of characters and creatures in Warcraft, and the studio chose to focus on orcs and humans. Director Duncan Jones made this a priority, because he understands the importance of this movie appealing to the bigger audience. Furthermore, it was Jones who chose to go away from the typical good humans vs. evil orcs. Instead, Jones will tell a story of good on both sides, with characters that audiences can empathize with.
In the trailer, we met Durotan (Toby Kebell) an orc who’s mission is to save his people and his family from their dying world. Although he doesn’t believe in war as an only option, the same cannot be said for others like him. As for the humans, some believe these orcs are nothing but beasts who should all be destroyed. Then you have warriors like Anduin Lothar (Travis Fammel) who sees the good in these creatures. I don’t expect these two sides to fully come together peacefully, so except some war in Warcraft as the trailer teases.
I’m really looking forward to this movie, and hopefully it’ll break this video game curse which has been going on for as long as I can remember. Those of you who aren’t excited for this movie should at least hope its good. Because it may decide if your favorite video game gets an adaptation sooner rather than later.
Warcraft also stars Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Clancy Brown, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. See the trailer below if you haven’t.