This weekend there are TWELVE new films out for you to choose from: videogame-to-movie action in Warcraft, British drama in Remainder, comedy in Love and Friendship, a return down the rabbit hole in Alice Through The Looking Glass, George Clooney drama in Money Monster, the return of the turtles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Nicolas Cage trots out another dud in The Trust, Adam Sandler sticks to Netflix comedies in The Do Over, CGI for kids in Minuscule, tedious drama in The Price of Desire, a prequel reboot in Top Cat Begins, and man-made global warming propaganda in A Beautiful Planet.
Warcraft is another videogame-to-movie transformation, but this one’s going to be one of the biggest around as it’s for the game World of Warcraft. How it ties in with the game, I have no idea, as role-playing games are not my cup of team. However, I know people who can play this until even after the cows have come home. That said, when I was a kid I dabbled in a bit of Dungeons and Dragons.
The film will take on the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance’s and the Horde’s sides of their conflict. Featuring characters such as Durotan (Toby Kebbell – Fantastic Four, The Veteran) and Lothar (Travis Fimmel), the film will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.
The film also has a strong additional cast of Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga and Callum Keith Rennie, and I wasn’t originally sold on seeing this, but given that it comes from the directorialship of Duncan Jones, who brought us the incredible Moon, then I have to see this. He’s also the son of the late, great David Bowie, if you didn’t know.
Note: Warcraft isn’t released until Monday, hence is another of those films which will get almost two weeks’ worth of box office receipts in its first ‘week’ of release, since any film put out on a Saturday or later can’t can’t towards that first weekend’s Top 10.
Hit or Miss? Verdict: