The fact that director Duncan Jones has hammered any kind of story out of one of the most popular videogames of all time is impressive, but Warcraft goes one better and manages to be pretty damn entertaining.

It’s perhaps a little overstuffed: noobs will almost certainly get lost without a glossary, and the number of characters jostling for screen time means nobody gets the attention they deserve. However, Jones has a natural eye for directing action on an epic scale, and Azeroth has never looked so gorgeous. The bloodthirsty orcs in particular are a marvel of cutting-edge motion capture wizardry.

Warcraft may not be the perfect videogame adaptation we’ve been waiting for, but the late Goblin King would be proud of the wonderfully hammy fantasy adventure his son has created.



CAST: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell

DIRECTOR: Duncan Jones

WRITERS: Duncan Jones, Charles Leavitt

SYNOPSIS: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other extinction.