I haven’t regularly played any video game since Legend of Zelda on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That includes World of Warcraft, but I’m all in for big fantasy epics, so Duncan Jones’ adaptation of the popular online game, Warcraft, is a film I’ve been curious about. Though this movie feels like it has been on the way for years (I keep forgetting it is happening), today arrives with a brand spanking new trailer for us to gawk at. Check it out below.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, yay, fantasy. On the other, this looks like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies had a baby with the new Clash of the Titans movies, and threw the dude from that Vikings show into the mix. There is promise, however, in the batshit craziness of the whole thing—I hope they just go totally nuts with this—but for now I can’t tell if this is going to be a stale rehash or something unique and interesting.
There’s just very little that makes this stand out. Granted, it’s just a trailer, but you’ve got all the tropes from riding on the backs of eagles to the monsters being more human than the humans—that big ugly guy just wants to live in peace and a good family Orc, or whatever. There are also enemies coming together to fight a greater evil and realizing that they’re more similar than they thought. You can certainly make a good movie out of those elements, but they’ve been done so much let’s hope they change things up along the way.
Here’s a synopsis:
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Warcraft opens everywhere June 10.