Warcraft: The Beginning

Medivh shows his power to Lothar.

How should we use our power over the weak? A pacifist will say that the power should be used to create and maintain peace with the rest of the world. On the contrary, a revolutionary individual will share the same goal, but it should be attained through a series of physical duels or, in short, battles. Only that way the strong is legitimate to protect the weak – and rule the other.

That’s the moral of Warcraft: The Beginning, a recent movie of Paula Patton. The artwork is started by visualization that, at the beginning, there’s a tension between human being and the orc in which the latter tries to exert its power to the first. Nevertheless, there’s an effort to keep peace between both though the initiative is finally broken when one day Gul’dan, a powerful blackmagician, launches Fel, a kind of black magic, over his people. The magic uses human prisoner as the fuel and drives the orc to conquer human being by opening portal separated the two nations. The orc is then starting to kill any human nearby since it has problem with extinction. However, some oppose the idea, including Durotan (Toby Kebbell), the chief of Frostwolf Clan. Furthermore, he tries to cooperate with Lothar (Travis Fimmel) of Azeroth in dealing with Gul’dan and his followers. King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper) of Azeroth, who has been warned by Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) about the strike, asks help from Medivh (Ben Foster) the Guardian. Supported by Garona (Paula Patton), the halfbreed, Lothar and his troops try to stop the invasion. Lothar loses his son in a battle, and Medivh suffers from the Fel eventualy. It leaves Khadgar as the only hope for the Azeroth, and Garona faces difficult and complicated situation in order to promote peace between human and the orc.

Warcraft: The Beginning has perfect blend of drama, action and superb characterization. Regardless of its violent scenes, it has decent moral values. It needs sacrifice and social unrest, at first, to bring order among broader society. The more so, at some points, conflicts can be understood as the manifestation of personal search upon peace among leaders of a community. The only problem audience will have from this movie might be recognizing each character of the orc. The costume designer and make-up artist of the movie must have been working hard to create wonderful outcomes for that. Though it contains boring sections in the middle of the movie, the visual effects successfully overcome that lack of quality; making it interesting to younger audience who, sometimes, love physical duels and magical things.


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