I am a member of several prominent fandoms. I love me some geeky TV shows, movies, video games, comics and more. And like any good geek, I can get super into the lore and backstories of these franchises. Got a wiki wormhole with dozens of pages devoted to the secret connections of several minor supporting characters? I’m in! I love a good lore.
Don’t understand what I’m talking about? Comedian Patton Oswalt explains it pretty well in this stand-up clip. Lore is not just the main story, but all the deeper histories behind the characters and settings. Lore isn’t just Frodo and the One Ring, it’s everyone who came before and everything in the Simariliion. Lore isn’t just Tyrion, Daenerys and John Snow playing the Game of Thrones, it’s the history of the Night’s Watch, Bran the Builder, Robert’s Rebellion, The Tales of Dunk and Egg and more. Game of Thrones has great lore.
And now I’m going to share my favorite lores with you! I’ve loved a few over the years, ignored others. Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments!
I get it, people didn’t like the Warcraft movie. I enjoyed it, despite its faults. But in order to truly know a movie, we’ve got to sit through the various Internet parodies that come around.
Alas, Cinema Sins, I cannot fault you for being right. But let us hope we do get that sequel! I’ll even watch it in Chinese if I must!
Man, why didn’t America like the Warcraft movie better? I know it wasn’t a perfect movie, but it was still darn good.
I suppose Honest Trailers makes some good points. But man, I really wanted this movie to be a big success. I still want that sequel and a few spin-offs. This could have been a whole new thing! Why, movie gods, did you have to make us suffer so? Why did you deliver this movie!
For reasons that still befuddle me, the producers of the Warcraft movie decided to adapt the original video game storyline from the 90s. Even though Warcraft became a household name with the World of Warcraft MMORPG in the 00s, they turned back the clock to focus on the origin story of the world. I supposed it makes some kind of sense, but it leaves out all of the most popular characters and stories.
We’ll have to wait until the threequel or fivequel before we see the likes of Thrall, Illidan, the Lich King or Chen Stormstout!
But that’s not to say the early days of Warcraft don’t have fun and exciting characters. And being the super lore nerd that I am, I’ve decided to put them in a list. Last week, I wrote about Warcraft concepts and characters I hope to see someday down the line, later in the franchise. That was before I saw the actual movie. Now that I’ve put in the time in theaters, and now that I see them sticking pretty close to the early stories, I’ve got a few more specific ideas in mind.
If Warcraft 2 sticks with that earlier timeline, who are some classic Warcraft characters they should add? You won’t find too many of them in World of Warcraft, but back in the day, they were our champions!
Except FULL SPOILERS for the new movie after the jump.
Warcraft was my most anticipated movie of the year. I’ve been playing the games since the first, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, and have been an on again/off again World of Warcraft addict for more than a decade. Warcraft could very well be my favorite fictional world in all of storytelling. I loved the trailers, I loved the clips; you better believe the hype was building.
But sadly, the new Warcraft film does not live up to all that hype. It’s still a good, solid, enjoyable movie, and I am pleased with the result. But director Duncan Jones and his storytellers made some really weird choices.
Movie Rating: 7/10 – Good.
Warcraft has already pretty much bombed with American audiences, but thankfully, China and the international market have saved the production. So my hopes for a sequel have already been lit. The world could use a new, non-superhero franchise, and Warcraft has more story, lore and characters than 10 films. There is a lot that could be done with a sequel, and hopefully Jones and the producers will take all of the criticism they have received and try to make a better product next time. There’s no reason to throw in the towel.
Heck, I hope they release the rumored Director’s Cut, which has tons of additional footage.
Warcraft definitely feels like a film where a lot of material was cut for timing. Storylines and characters feel rushed. The editing is quick to jump from one scene to the next, doing little to lay groundwork, while doing much to throw all sorts of names and concepts at the audience. At it’s heart, there are a few very simple, very meaningful stories being told. These stories are entertaining, and could really have an impact.
But Warcraft stuffed itself full of a bit too much, then apparently went through a fitful editing process.
At least the CGI orcs are amazing. That’s the most important thing. Expect FULL SPOILERS below.