Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you live in the U.S., you might reasonably have assumed that Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft was an epic flop. After all, it’s scraped together a paltry $37 million in its first two weekends playing at home — a mere fraction of the $160 million it cost to make. But you’d be wrong. In truth, not only is Warcraft a hit, it’s actually the most successful video game movie of all time. And we have all the other countries to thank (or blame) for that. Read More »
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When Warcraft opened last week, the big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s opeugely popular fantasy franchise was greeted with scathing reviews from critics and lackluster box office from domestic audiences. For many viewers, director Duncan Jones‘ high fantasy epic of orcs and wizards and magic and war was dead on arrival. Normal people, it seemed weren’t interested in this movie or its world. It was too outlandish, too nerdy, too inscrutable.
However, every movie deserves a fair shake and I decided the best way to approach Warcraft would be to view it through the lens of the nerdiest people I know, the people who would be most open to what this movie was selling. If my Dungeons & Dragons group couldn’t embrace Warcraft, who would?
So I gathered my fellow adventurers at the local tavern to chat about this divisive film and it turns out that even people who spend hours going on fantastical adventures that only exist on paper and in dry erase marker were also thoroughly divided. Here’s our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Each participant is identified by their D&D character class and race (I’m the human rogue, for the record) and we get into major spoilers.
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In this bonus episode of the /Filmcast, Jeff and Angie Han discuss Duncan Jones’ newest film, Warcraft. How does the film measure up for game fans and non-game fans? Listen to find out.
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Warcraft isn’t actor Toby Kebbell’s first rodeo with motion-capture. Following up his performance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which he played Koba, Kebbell stars in director Duncan Jones‘ fantasy film as Durotan, a noble orc more interested in peace than war. The Blizzard adaptation shows both sides of a war — and Durotan is unquestionably the moral compass on the orcs’ side.
It’s this nobility and thoughtfulness, as Kebbell explained to us, that informed the physicality of his performance. Below, read our Toby Kebbell interview.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Warcraft won’t open in the U.S. for another few days, but already the signs aren’t good. Early tracking suggested a limp performance in theaters, and that 23% Rotten Tomatoes score probably won’t help matters either. From here, Warcraft has all the makings of an epic flop. That is, except for the fact that it’s already a smash hit abroad. Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adventure has earned around $45.7 million in its first day playing in China — more than recent blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »
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Are you a customer of T-Mobile? The mobile phone company is giving you a freebie: a free ticket to Warcraft via Fandango. Sure, this could easily be seen as a desperate move by Universal to inflate the box office numbers, but this kind of thing has been done for many blockbuster movies, usually through movie cash included in DVD and Blu-ray releases. So I wouldn’t look negatively upon this promotion. These kind of deals usually work to help word of mouth. Plus, if you get a free ticket you’re probably going to invite someone else or possibly a group of friends to the movie screening — who of course will actually have to pay for their tickets.
This deal specifically is part of a much larger “#GetThanked” campaign by T-Mobile, which is a nice promotion to reward their longtime customers. It appears this promotion was planned for a long while now, so don’t make any assumptions that this promotion was added to combat last minute box office tracking. The film has already made $70 million overseas from a couple dozen territories, but has yet to open in China (where its expected to make some big money) and the United States (of course). Read the full press release to find out how you can get the free Warcraft ticket and much more, after the jump.
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Even though the early buzz on the Warcraft movie hasn’t been that great, that didn’t stop Halloween and Freaky Friday star Jamie Lee Curtis and her son from showing their excitement at the premiere. The mother-son duo showed up in full orc wardrobe, with Curtis dressed up as an orc shaman and her son Tom as an orc warrior. As you can see, we’re not just talking about throwing on some armor, but full face paint too.
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Co-writer/director Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of Warcraft, Blizzard’s online role-playing game, is a huge movie that juggles multiple characters and storylines. But the two-hour fantasy film is arguably too brisk, and could use more breathing room to tell its ensemble story. An early cut of the movie was two hours and 40 minutes in length, and perhaps that extended version fleshed out certain side characters and conflicts — where the film is sometimes lacking, according to some of the early reviews.
Below, learn more about the Warcraft deleted scenes.
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Director Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft opens in theaters two weeks from today. Unfortunately, the initial reviews for Warcraft are mostly negative. In spite of the early critical reaction, so far the fantasy film is exceeding expectations at the foreign box-office. Warcraft is expected to make over $30M overseas this weekend, making more money than Alice Through the Looking Glass in some territories.
We’ll soon see how the film fares domestically, but in the meantime, Legendary Pictures has released two Warcraft prints made by Kevin Tong, who’s collaborated with the production company in the past.
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