I believe that the area in which this film most went wrong, at least with me, is that it relied too much on the viewer's knowledge of the game to understand the film. As someone who did not play the game, I often found myself confused, trying to figure out names of people, places, and titles. There is hardly any backstory to the film, so we are pretty much thrown into this world trying to understand what is happening. The basic plot of the film is pretty simple: the Orcs' world is dying, so they invade the humans' world, and the humans try to defend it. When you throw in names, however, it becomes a bit convoluted unless if you know the source material.
Along with reliance on the game, the characters were not particularly well-developed, in my opinion, with the exception of Anduin Lothar, Durotan, and Khadgar. (I had to use Wikipedia to look up their names) Both Lothar and Durotan are relatively well-developed because of their family dynamics. Both are featured in scenes with family members which reveal their characteristics and make us care more for them. Duration has one of the more well-explained backstories, but his past still isn't explained that well. His actions show his personality, and he was my favorite character, as he was likable and provided a bit of comedic relief, which was one of the few enjoyable parts.
The writing itself was also rather boring. I can say that confusion was likely part of that, as I may have been unable to enjoy parts because I was trying to understand them, however the battle sequences weren't that exciting to me. There was one battle that had me interested, however it wasn't the big battle at the end of the film. A lot of the elements seemed very similar to previous fantasy films, such as "Lord of the Rings", but not as well-written. The film wasn't quite to the point of falling asleep boring, but it was relatively close for a supposedly epic action film.
I will say, however, that the CGI visuals of the film are very good. The orcs look really cool, especially Durotan (I had to use Wikipedia again). The landscape visuals are also really good, as are the magic effects.
So overall, I wanted to like "Warcraft", but I knew that it would be bad all along. The best thing that came out of watching this movie was that I got two hours in a cold, air-conditioned theater to relax from the sweltering heat. Maybe fans of the game will like it, but I didn't particularly care for it.
Big Tuna's Rating: D
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.