Quick Reviews: Finding Dory, Warcraft: The Beginning

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Finding Dory (2016)

Director: Andrew Stanton (John Carter, WALL-E, Finding Nemo)
Cast: Ellen Degeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton
Malaysia Release Date: 16 June 2016

Verdict: Despite not being better than Finding Nemo (2003), this is a worthy sequel by Pixar that’s hilarious for all ages, nostalgic for those who saw the first film in the 90s, annoying, sweet and incredibly adorable at the same time with great family values. It would’ve been awesome if Sigourney Weaver did make an appearance in the animated form. However, I do think this should be it. I do not hope see another sequel as it was getting a tat bit tiresome towards the end. Nobody wants Finding… whatever Nemo’s father’s name is.

Second opinion: My girlfriend loved it as well, saying that it’s cute, funny and it made her cry.

Post-credit scene: Yes, surprisingly there is one featuring the seals and some characters from the first film.

Malaysian censorship: Perfectly clean of course, although kids may be wondering what’s so funny about Dory trying to explain “where she came from”.

To watch in 3D? Did not watch it in 3D but I can imagine it being a great viewing experience for kids. The audio is mixed with Dolby Atmos so I bet it sounds superior at cinemas with such system.

Rating: 4 / 5

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Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

Director: Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon)
Cast: Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper
Malaysia Release Date: 9 June 2016

Verdict: I thought it was a goner when I saw its trailer but it’s actually far from being as terrible as most critics say. Sure, it’s a green screen-CGI fest with a romance between a human and another species that’s less convincing than even Avatar (2009), but it truly puts effort in staying as faithful to the video game’s story as much as it could by cramming its entirety into a 2-hour action war fantasy drama that non-gamers like the critics would never appreciate. The gameplay however is mostly ignored. I wanted to see some urgency in building farms and roads, yo!

It’s very understandable why many general audiences might find it unengaging as well. Practically all characters are underdeveloped, making them strictly relatable to only to the fans of the game. The film takes itself quite seriously and each attempt at humour seems forced. The acting performances of the non-CGI characters are horrid, but the cast who played the orcs did very well, especially Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Durotan. They should’ve indeed made this a fully animated film. But the action is fun to watch, the story is surprisingly still interesting, and it makes me feel like playing the game to know what happens next. I hope this franchise could make it to Frozen Throne.

Second opinion: (None for this as I watched it alone).

What I would’ve named the film: “Warcraft: Movie Remake for Hardcore Fanboys”

Malaysian censorship: Don’t think there was anything that requires cutting.

To watch in 3D? Didn’t watch this in 3D either as it wasn’t filmed in that format. The audio was mixed with Dolby Atmos as well.

Rating: 3 / 5

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