★★★½ Watched 29 Sep, 2021
Surprisingly compelling fantasy action based on the popular RTS and MMORPG video game franchise.
It took me a bit to get into it because it takes itself quite seriously and at the same time commits to the world in every department. There is nothing half done about it. From scenography, costumes, and VFX, to the actors, makeup, and prosthetics. What should look ridiculous out of context (namely the oversized Orcs) simply works in the movie as soon as one gets used to the world one has been dropped into. I’m not claiming the dialogues rival Shakespeare, but they stay true to the fantasy genre and the game up to a fault since if you are not intimately familiar with the names, it is sometimes hard to follow. This is fine because hardcore fans should feel right at home.
From the way it ends, it is clear this was meant as the start of a movie franchise, which has not happened, but I’ve read there is a new one in the works. It is not clear though if it will be a reboot or a sequel.