Obviously this is an incredibly late opinion on Azeroth’s foray into the cinematic world. Based on the comments at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it in the theatre. Many people I talked to only echoed the reviews of what I had already read. For a movie I was so hyped about initially, I ended up avoiding it out of fear of disappointment.
Now perhaps it is because I went in with such low expectations…I actually enjoyed it. If you’re not of that opinion let me cut you off and point out that I enjoyed it. I didn’t necessarily say it was a good movie. It has too many flaws for that to be the case and you could literally see them on the screen. Because at times the CGI was Gul’dan awful. And at what point did Gul’dan become jacked up and beat Durotan?
It wasn’t the only hole in the lore by any stretch of the imagination. I think that’s what bothered a lot of people (besides the bad CGI human stuff) the most. If I had gone in expecting them to adhere to the lore Blizzard has in place then I would probably have been upset as well. But I’ve learned when things get made for the big screen, you have to toss out what you know from the source material. The house elves of Harry Potter prove this. Game of Thrones has merged so many characters from the books it’s hard to even keep track.
Gul’dan’s physical prowess aside, most of the major players felt right. Lothar was the only character I had a hard time with. It could be the mystery accent that never seemed to settle in as something specific which took away from things when he often spoke. I even enjoyed Khadgar, which says something given how sick I am of that character thanks to the last two expansions. And who doesn’t love a good Glenn Close cameo?
If anything, the movie tried to do a bit too much. But based on the material it chose to use, it was confined to do so. You couldn’t just focus on the human side of the conflict because much of the story and drama comes from the orcs. And focusing just on the orcs would have been hard to do without making the humans look like villains. They painted themselves into a corner indeed. But, again, taking it for what it was made it easy to watch. Do I wish I didn’t have to turn my brain off? Of course.
Despite it’s success overseas, I don’t foresee a sequel. We might get another movie in the universe but even that is skeptical at best. As such, I’m glad the producers gave us more than a handful of Easter Eggs. My personal favourite is easily the Summoning Stone. That and the clear suggestion there was something more to Moroes than the surface suggested.
I guess in a roundabout way, I could say the same about the movie itself.