First off, the CGI and the live actors were integrated seamlessly. You look at Durotan talking to Llane Wrynn and you don't doubt that there's an orc talking to a human being.
The best part of the movie was how it was set in places we WoW players recognize immediately. It was really, really enjoyable, and we intend to go see it again.
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On the way to the movie, Mrs. Fungus and I had a conversation which rapidly devolved into hilarity.
"When we get home," I told her, "I want to blog about a couple of things. First, I want to talk about how we're lowering the flags to half-mast for everything these days."
"But there was a tragedy!"
"No, I know that. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about, 'Oh, no, I spilled my yogurt! Better put the flags at half-mast!'"
"What's the other thing?"
"The other day, on my way to work, I saw a...I don't know if it was the business or their delivery truck, but it was a hoagie truck. And on the back it advertised: 'Steak hoagies! Turkey hoagies! Veggie hoagies! Assorted hoagies!'"
"What's wrong with that? It just means they have different kinds."
"They could just have said 'assorted hoagies,' then. Why do all that?"
"Because people wouldn't know what kind of hoagies they have."
"I think if people are too stupid to know what 'assorted' means they shouldn't get to have hoagies. You know, have that bar set at a reasonable minimum."
...somehow the conversation devolved from there into Edward G. Robinson: "You don't get any hoagies, see? Yeah! See? I don't have time to read all that, see? I'm a busy man! I'm a hard worker! Yeah! See? I spend all my time working! Yeah! See? Thank goodness for voice mail! I'll powerwash your house! Yeah! See?"
By that point Mrs. Fungus was laughing so hard she could barely breathe.
"And now," I said, "I forgot what the other thing I wanted to talk about!"
"Wasn't it about the flags?"
I saw some guys putting the flag at half-mast last month, and it occurred to me that--these days--flags are flown at half-mast for just about frickin' everything these days. It used to be that the flags went to half-mast when a major politician died, or a big-name military guy; it didn't just happen because some self-loathing religious fanatic shot up a nightclub.
Of course, when I was younger, people didn't really shoot up nightclubs all that often, self-loathing fanatic or not.
Anyway, the movie was great, and it was chock-full of nice touches. There were a couple of scenes that took place in the Lion's Pride Inn in Goldshire, and of course we recognized the place. There was a scene with a murloc and they used the murloc aggro sound from the game. Dalaran looked like it ought to; Stormwind was actual size rather than the simplified version we have in the game, but it still looked right.
The critics didn't like the movie, but this movie wasn't made for them. This movie was made for gamers.
*"I'll powerwash your house": we got a spam voice mail from a powerwashing company. Mrs. Fungus thought they sounded very nice.