Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday June 11, 2016

Warcraft Is The Critical Bomb Of The Summer

I’ve got bad news for you if you thought the Warcraft movie was going to usher in a golden age of great films based on video gamesآ—but then again, I haven’t seen it yet and usually think opposite of critics, so it may actually be pretty goodآ…

Yes, it’s a mess. Most of it feels adapted from a Wikipedia page. None of the emotional beats land آ— even the better ones needed a lot more time to build. (There are hints of a much better three-hour film here; then again, there are also hints of a much better 45-minute film here.) And it ends on a pseudo-cliffhanger that ultimately makes it feel like a really expensive television pilot. But at all times, Warcraft goes big. It goes ambitious. It goes for the crazy when it could simply go for the safe.