Warcraft is a game that I can recall playing in my childhood as far back as I can possibly remember. To me, it was the best fantasy roleplaying game out at the time, when technology and computer graphics were still a burgeoning area. To this day, I can still remember the distinctly hideous orc that graced the cover of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. It entertained me to no end, seeing my human characters collect gold from the mine, chop their own timbre, and build their own infrastructure; all while fending off malicious orcs with their shields, swords, and turrets. Needless to say, for a young boy at the time, this was the epitome of video game fantasy that regularly drew me into another world. At the announcement of a Warcraft film, I was completely stoked. This would see all the years of my involvement in playing the game, actualised through a cinematic film. For some reason I had no doubt in my mind that the movie would not upset, call it blind devotion; but I was that confident that viewers were in for something rather spectacular. Before entering the Xtreme Screen auditorium at the cinema, I saw a sign at the entrance that read, ‘10,000 watts.’ I expressed a sheepish grin to myself thinking, “It’s time to go into war.” I probably wasn’t wrong for thinking that actually, because from the moment that the movie started, viewers were treated (or shall I say threatened) to an absolutely menacing and thunderous tribal war beat. This alone was enough to fully grab my attention as I heaped handfuls of popcorn into my mouth while washing it down with copious amounts of L & P.
What followed thereafter was a truly unforgettable experience. In fact, I would personally have to rate Warcraft the best movie that I have seen all year. Move aside Game of Thrones, because if Warcraft were a day time television series, I would go so far as to say that it would put many shows out of business. In short, the Orcs, a race of green giant warrior beasts, flee their homeland of Draenor through a portal to the peaceful land of Azeroth. Here, they unload a full-fledged attack on the humans for control over the land. Durotan, an Orc soldier, questions the brutal ways of his clansmen – led by warchief Blackhand and the maniacal warlock Gul’dan – Durotan believes a compromise without bloodshed is possible. Seeing the Orcs in the film really was like seeing it in the game, only it was one hundred times more realistic and can’t even be compared to Shrek. I loved how aggressive they looked, and just when I thought Durotan was about as tough as it got, wait till you see Ogrim Doomhammer and Blackhand. Also, the details that were put into bringing these Orcs to life in front of the screen were so surreal. For example, the skulls and ginormous trinkets they wore around their backs/shoulders, as well as the ring piercings that were attached to their tusk like tooths were really interesting and original to see. As per the game, I felt fired up during the movie when the antagonist was getting the upper hand. For instance, I thought the fight between Durotan and Gul’dan was completely unfair. Watching it actually made you despise Gul’Dan so much that you would give anything to see all the Orcs unleash oblivion on him.
Unfortunately, the reality of it would probably be that they would all get themselves mercilessly killed. In a way, realizing that I was watching the movie and not playing the game, I felt helpless I couldn’t do anything about it. In all, the director of the film does keep his focus narrow, centred on six main characters, which are then connected by several relationships and motivations. It appeared as though Duncan Jones was attempting to capture as many different perspectives as he could on the war as time allowed. But, attempting to create and service so many viewpoints and well-known characters, ensures that no one person or theme is carried throughout the movie. In fact, I found that friendships were forged rather easily, romance appeared to be forced, sacrifices were far too abrupt, and the twists were so quick and painless that it held little emotional weight. There needed to be more of a build-up in my opinion. It could be said that any opportunities that could have been used to draw non-Warcraft players into the story, only move the plot forward along the conveyor belt. That aside, the visual aspects of Warcraft are something that cannot be ignored and should be seen to be experienced. As a visual learner, this is what I enjoyed the most about watching the movie, and if you’re a person who appreciates world class graphics and don’t mind a bit of fantasy intermingled with warfare, then this movie will most definitely appeal to you also.
Reviewed by Linn Win for Pink&Sparkles
ME BEFORE YOU
Reviewed by Htut Win for Pink&Sparkles
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
Brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave Stangle (Zac Effron) enlisted Craigslist ad to find dates to their sister’s wedding which eventually went viral. The wedding was to be held in Hawaii, definitely picture perfect! The initial sequence contrasts what Mike and Dave recall as family bonding time with the disastrous reality, and that's where we learn why these guys really need to bring nice girls to the wedding. Disaster should really be their middle names.
They meet their matches in trashy best friends Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), who are just as much of a hot mess. Tatiana is the wild-eyed, trash-talking alpha of the duo, while Alice is the sweetly perky yet aimless sidekick still reeling from being jilted at the altar. Tatiana and Alice see Mike and Dave discussing their search on TV and put down the bong long enough to hatch a plan to meet them “accidentally” outside a Manhattan bar. There is definitely an allure to seeing Kendrick play the 'bad girl' role; away from her prim persona—with the original “Pitch Perfect” movie. It may not be the most ideal fit for her talent, but it’s interesting to see her stretch, however I felt that she was a bit out of place for this movie.
Despite their efforts, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” offers raunch with no smarts. I recall moments from the movie such as the thoroughly inappropriate massage the bride receives at the resort’s spa from the naked and limber Kumail Nanjiani, and it gets dragged out ad infinitum. There’s also the moment when Tatiana reluctantly pleasures the brothers’ bisexual cousin (Alice Wetterlund) in the steam room in exchange for backstage passes to RiRi. That got me raising my eyebrows, did that just really happen?
And then there’s the nude, drug-induced incident involving the horses at the resort’s stables. Similarly, merely making references to pop culture phenomena does not count as humour, such as an extended and ill-fated homage to “Jurassic Park" which left me feeling a tad bit confused.
When I received the invite to the advance screening of this movie, I didn't need to think twice. Zac Effron, enough said. However, that's where it all ended for me, personally. It's an easy movie to watch, full of laughter & giggles and it definitely cheers you up if you're having a slightly under par day; but there were some moments in the movie where I felt quite uncomfortable watching...if I am to be honest.
Reviewed by Chanel Henry-Win, Editor
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