Over the weekend I enjoyed reading this article on MetaCritic.com, which compiles the best and worst-reviewed video game movies of all time.
You’ll be unsurprised to learn that… there aren’t actually any well-reviewed video game movies. The closest is the original Mortal Kombat film from 1995, which mustered a mediocre 58% average score from 12 reviews. And honestly, that seems like a very generous rating, from what little I remember of that very cheesy non-masterpiece. I thought maybe one of the Tomb Raider films might have done decently, but nope; despite big budget’s, Angelina Jolie’s lovely presence, and a pre-Bond Daniel Craig, they managed only 43% and 33%.
While there’s only one Best reviewed video game film, the Worst reviewed easily fill out a Top Ten list, which should feature prominently in any Uwe Boll is the World’s Worst Director debate. Honestly, #1, 3, 4, 7, and 9? Uwe, save some space for the others.
This all becomes somewhat more relevant when you recall that production of a World of Warcraft movie is still lumbering along, and Blizzard should debut a trailer and other content stuffs at this year’s Blizzcon, if not sooner.
I sat through the very brief, almost entirely CGI, “aren’t the orc graphics amazing” preview clip at last year’s show, (sometimes I think my ears are still ringing) and as someone whose experience with WoW is almost entirely shaped by making podcast jokes about “the Panda King” and witnessing sweaty cosplayers shout “For the Horde” while waiting in line at Blizzcon… I freely admit that the orc graphics were excellent. Much better than some “Shrek with tusks” type low-grade CGI I’d been half-expecting.
Will the film be any good? There’s no telling, but as that Metacritic list shows, it won’t take much to vault the field of past video game movie adaptations. For the Horde?