Warcraft Saturday, 04 April 2020


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)


    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.


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


    A character lies in a healing pool. Medicines mentioned.




    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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