After seeing the movie for the second time, I guess it’s time to write my own Warcraft movie review. As an avid Warcraft fan for a long time now and very familiar with the canon lore, my first viewing was more focused on the things they have changed in the movie lore. Plus, with running this website since 2007. I was kind of in the process of meeting my expectations. I was little disappointed when I saw it the first time because I had pretty big expectations and so-called critics bashing in the first reviews also got me little worried. After a second viewing, I must admit I had more fun and better opinion overall. But let’s talk about the movie now.
Doesn’t matter how many time you watch it, the biggest problem with the movie is its missing content. To put it bluntly, it’s too short. With such a huge task to accomplish with the first movie, they cut the final theatrical release to just 2 hours. For such a rich world, even with all the simplification of the story for the movie, it is simply too short. Why they edited the movie that way, only they know but director already mentioned that there are about 40 more minutes of the movie and if there is money they will make a Director’s cut. When they cut the movie, they usually start with dialogues and things that are more character focused than story pacing. And that, in this case, is the problem. There are many characters in this movie and most of them are rather important, but they simply lack any depth to really care about them. And that is especially noticeable with human characters.
The story is set as a conflict between the orcs and humans, but to make the orcs more likable they changed the lore and made them kind of desperate since their world is dying and they need to find a new home. They explained the social aspects of the orc tribal life briefly and introduced the Fel, bad green magic that feeds on the life. Ok, explaining the origins of the Fel would need a prequel movie so I can understand removing that from the story, but they should have briefly touched the orc’s life before the Fel and the missing link there is shamanism which was the core of orc’s spiritual life. They simply put that all went bad when Gul’dan, the main bad guy, came to power. In my opinion, the missing character to give Fel some better background is character Ner’zul, an old shaman who brought the Fel among the orcs and who is responsible for the rise of Gul’dan. One good scene between the old shaman and Durotan, main good guy, where Ner’zul explains mistakes he has done by bringing the Fel to their world and betraying his bond with the elements of shamanism giving the nod that source of Fel was not from their world would give the Fel some depth and then more reason why Durotan would be reluctant to trust Gul’dan.