Duncan Jones’ fantasy film “Warcraft,” based on the popular “Warcraft” video game series from Blizzard Entertainment, will enter theaters this Friday, but the film has been largely panned by critics ahead of its release.IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls it a “once-in-a-generation disaster” and that it’s “truly a depressing experience”; other critics say that though the film comes from a place of love and ambition, it’s still a poor adaptation of source material not designed for the silver screen.
Despite the early critical drubbing, Jones is still talking up his movie and saying that he wanted “Warcraft” to be a rival of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films, based on J.R.R. Tokien’s epic fantasy series. As Comic Book Resources reports, Jones said in a press conference that he knows “fantasy has a much smaller set of films that are really the things you aspire to make when you make a fantasy film,” and that they “wanted to find a way to do it differently and give [the fans] a bit of a rival [to Lord of the Rings].” “We just wanted to create a spectacle,” Jones says, “and give it an energy that was different but hopefully achieved the same level of success.”
Duncan Jones previously directed the existential sci-fi drama “Moon,” about an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) who experiences a personal crisis as he comes to the end of three-year solitary stint on the far side of the moon, and sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” about a U.S. Army pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has to find a dirty bomb within alternative timelines.
“Warcraft” opens in theaters this Friday. It was already released in multiple different countries and has grossed over $75 million.