Warcraft Friday, 10 April 2020

Warcraft

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: fantasy violence.

  • The pitch:

    Getting along can be really Orc-ward.

  • Starring:

    Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Callum Keith Rennie

  • Directed by:

    Duncan Jones

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, punched, bludgeoned, slashed, run through, neck-sliced, thrown through the air/against objects, crushed, throat-grabbed, caged, life-sucked, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, stabbed, clubbed, blasted with lightning bolts, maimed, burned, pursued, bitten, kicked, decapitated, rammed, headbutted, transformed into an animal, kneed, slapped, pushed off a cliff, neck-snapped, disembowled. Extended battle sequences. Animals are life-sucked, thrown, skinned (implied), rammed, leg-grabbed, speared, run through. A character stands with a recently speared fish. Collapsed building, burning/ransacked villages. Explosion. Objects thrown, thumped. Roaring, screaming, yelling, arguing. Poisoning, killing, suicide (metaphoric), rip heart out mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (decomposing, fresh, animal, human, orc etc). Corpses thrown through the air. Bloody faces, mouths, chin, arms, hand, fingers, wounds, objects, armour, cuts; blood/goo spatter, dripping blood. Missing hand/fingers, broken tusk, decapitated head. A tooth is extracted. Skulls, skeletons, horns, bones seen. Objects/fingers protruding from/into skin. Scars, bruising, swelling, reddened skin, blackened veins, glowing eyes. Blue baby (implied death during birth). Eating your blood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Birth scene. Caressing. Skimpy clothing, shirtless males, cleavage, exposed midriffs. A female character invites a male to lie with her. Mating, love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A character lies in a healing pool. Medicines mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    None.

  • THEMES:

    World of Warcraft, battle, clans, orcs, humans, war, enemies, pregnancy, birth, portals, orphans, betrayal, traitors, guardians, greed, magic, incantations, tradition, dark magic, heroes, death, grief, beginnings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Blue baby (implied death during birth). Son killed in front of parent. Dead parents. Mother burned alive, estranged/missing family mentioned. Funeral setting. Creatures with green/blue/grey skin, pointy ears, glowing/coloured eyes, spiky shoulders. Giant bird creatures/gryphons, horses, sheep, orcs, wolf-creatures, creepy shadowy figure, demon. Waterfalls, full moon, volcano, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Skulls, skeletons, fur, feathers, skins worn. Meat eaten. Brief Orc language (subtitles/translation). High/sweeping camera angles, bright light flashes. Also known as Warcraft: The Beginning.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Character-driven, epic, crafty, spell-binding, grand, spectacular, detailed, live-action, expensive, high-fantasy, vivid, well-intended, fantastical, laudable. Body-slamming/blood-stirring battle sequences, warm performance by Toby Kebbell, intriguing characters, state-of-the-art digital animation, striking/dazzling effects, believable/staggeringly crafter world-building, elaborate visuals, simple story, elegant/ominous/buff score, some fan-pleasing Easter eggs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lumbering, crammed, flat-footed, generic, tropey, naff, dizzying, unoriginal, noisy, sludgy, excessive. Frustrating/lifeless/two-dimensional storytelling, unnecessary plot turns, some deadpan performances, some moments are dull/camp/uninvolving/unconvincing/disengaging/empty/impenetrable.

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