A Geek’s Reaction To The Warcraft Trailer

warcraft-movie-posterBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The long-time coming film adaptation of the popular Warcraft franchise has finally released an official full-length trailer to the public. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), I’ve seen a couple of trailers over the past two years shown at comic conventions.

Warcraft is still about seven months away from its release next June, but you can finally get your first look at the film. Check out the trailer below!

There are two things before I get to my reaction of this trailer, which will color my opinions:

  1. I love a good fantasy story.
  2. I am not a gamer, and have not played any of the Warcraft games.

If you play the video games and have been anticipating this film, then my reaction to it may be different than yours. I.e., your mileage may vary.

Alright, with that out of the way, let me go back to the fact that I have seen two trailers shown at the 2014 and 2015 San Diego Comic Conventions, before this official trailer was released today. For many people, this is the first time they’ve seen anything from the film, but for me it’s the third time, so that may also alter how I see it comparatively.

The best the first two trailers got out of me was “that looks like Warcraft,” and “it looks… interesting.” I was more impressed with the visuals than the story, which was only teased as two factions fighting each other.

This trailer, on the other hand, actually dives a bit deeper into what’s going on, and has me a bit more invested in the characters. It’s starting to really show a far more intricate plot, which I can care about, and has a more emotional element than the Comic-Con versions.

What isn’t in this new trailer is the overt use of magic — in fact, it seems pretty played down to almost non-existant. Warcraft won’t be like Lord of the Rings, were Gandalf uses magic sparingly, so expect giant bolts of lightning and huge magical portals, that are only hinted at in this, if you look very closely.

One of the things that I’m really looking forward to is the anti-Game of Thrones feel of this film. I’m about as big a fan of the television series and A Song of Ice and Fire novels as you can find, but I don’t want every fantasy film or TV series to be a grim and bleak realistic take on sword-and-sorcery stories. Warcraft looks like it will be a straight-forward, epic high-fantasy film that has absolutely no problem with being unrealistic. Whether that translates into an incredibly fun movie, as well, remains to be seen.

Warcraft will premiere in theaters on June 10, 2016.

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