Warcraft: The Movie

I am so tired all the time. It’s already Saturday evening in London, so most of the weekend is gone, and all I’ve done since about 4.30 on Friday afternoon is sleep. I am really hoping that the work situation is going to ease up for a few weeks now so I can get some exercise and get my immune system a bit stronger because all I do outside of work is pass out.

ANYWAY, I departed the office on Thursday afternoon at about midday because they didn’t need me on site. I was knackered and functioning on about 4 hours of sleep as usual, so the thoughts on my mind as I trudged home were simply about how I could get through the afternoon, what emails I needed to send, etc, mental note to eat some protein.

Then I passed the cinema and the unmistakable World of Warcraft branding was front and centre on a big poster. Yea, for it had come to pass that the World of Warcraft movie had finally been released after being in production for about 10 years. I could have gone home and sent emails but it was a no brainer. I bought a ticket and saw the film. It was the first actual leisure time I’ve had for weeks if you don’t count lying down with a migraine.

It was two hours of awesome and I cannot wait for it to go on sale because apparently the director’s cut has a further 40 minutes of content.

It had very mixed reviews from the critics because it is not going to make that much sense if you are not familiar with the game (probably from years of play, there aren’t many new Warcrafters around these days). You need to be able to understand the geography (Stormwind, Ironforge, Elwynn Forest), the game lore (fel magic, the Kirin Tor, the Dark Portal) and the characters (Durotan, Draka, Gul’dan), otherwise it is a lot to take in just for the sake of some gigantic battle scenes.

If you are familiar with the game, it is really exciting! The game world is transferred to the big screen with astonishing beauty and you will get excited by the spectacular landscapes that you know so well being brought to life, not to mention important details like murlocs under a bridge. Gul’dan looks amazing and the CGI is used to its best possible effect. Just beautiful.

The story concerns the early years of Azeroth’s history when large numbers of orcs break through the Dark Portal. As a result, my one and only disappointment was that, because of the historical point of the film, no major Horde settlements have been built yet. I play Horde (obviously) and I would have died of joy to see big-screen CGI representations of Horde cities, especially Thunder Bluff, who can question its architectural splendour. I also wanted to see much more of the interior of Ironforge and of course the Blood Elf and Night Elf territories because they are sooooo pretty.

PLEASE MAKE SEQUELS. How many Harry Potter films did they make? About 8 or 9? That’s how many we need.

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