Warcraft was slated to be the film that would break the video game movie curse. However, according to the critics, Warcraft failed to do so as it has been getting bombarded with harsh criticisms and reviews. The film is currently holding a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, which lower than Alice Through the Looking Glass, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, and the Angry Birds Movie. That technically makes it the worst reviewed blockbuster of the summer movie season so far.
But why have the critics been giving the film such harsh reviews? Well, here are a few reasons why the critics are advising you to give the this bomb of a movie a pass.
The CGI effects are at the level of a notorious bomb
Earlier this year, we were given the amazing and ground-breaking effects of the Jungle Book that created an entire jungle world with some amazing character designs. Warcraft failed to do the same as the character designs were compared to the below-average effects of the aliens from John Carter. The Guardian wrote:
The heavy use of CGI, and its occasionally awkward interaction with the live-action elements, only serves to distance us even more. Much processing power has been put in the service of spectacular, bludgeoning combat, but the images are somehow insubstantial, and we rarely feel the heat of the battle
The acting is below average and bland
The cast of Warcraft seem to be getting accused of being miscast, stiff and and just all around charmless. The accused cast includes Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, and Dominic Cooper who you might know from Captain America: The First Avenger and the new Preacher TV series. Time Out London wrote:
Travis Fimmel is a walking charisma void as strapping warrior Anduin, a sort of Aragorn without the personal charm
The Playlist said that the characters, especially Dominic Cooper as the King, were "stiff" and "their accouterments are so overly polished they appear phony and cheap."
Some of the critics are comparing it to one of the worst sci-fi films of all time
Oh yeah, that's right, the critics went there. Some of them are comparing it to the John Travolta bomb, Battlefield Earth, which is regarded as the worst sci-fi film ever made. The Wrap said:
Imagine 'Battlefield Earth' without the verve, or the unintentional comedy, and you got Warcraft
That may sound a little harsh, but wait until you heard what Indiewire said about the film, who calls it the "Battlefield Earth" of the 21st century:
Warcraft is a once-in-a-generation disaster, one of the most ill-advised and ill-conceived studio films of this modern blockbuster era
Ouch! Well, that may be the critics' opinion about the film but not exactly the general consensus though. Warcraft now currently holds an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes' audience score and it has a rating of 7.7 out of 10 on IMDb. So while the critics seem to be despising the film, fans and general moviegoers seem to be having the also the exact opposite opinion.