“Warcraft” opened on June 10 to tepid reviews, scoring just 25% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes and 32 at MetaCritic. Adapted by writer-director Duncan Jones (“Source Code”) from the popular online role-playing game, it’s not the first film based on a virtual reality to struggle with critics. Indeed, it’s not even the first this year: “Angry Birds,” inspired by the ubiquitous phone app, received similarly so-so reviews when it opened on May 20.
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Last year Adam Sandler‘s sci-fi comedy “Pixels” earned six Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture. It wasn’t based on a specific video game story, per se, but told an original story about an alien invasion in the form of video game icons like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Other video game movies to have contended for Razzies, including “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), “Max Payne” (2008), “BloodRayne” (2006).
Additional Razzie contenders have been based on toys (“Bratz” in 2007, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” in 2009 and the “Transformers” films between 2009 and 2014) and board games (“Battleship” in 2012).
So is it possible to make a good movie out of games and toys?
Absolutely. Disney’s animated film “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) was inspired by video games and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. And “The Lego Movie” (2014) was an unexpected critical darling that won awards from the BAFTAs and Critics’ Choice Awards. So why is it so hard to make video game adaptations work? And could a video game movie ever even contend at the Oscars?
Let us know what you think in our forums. And vote below to tell us whether you think “Warcraft” will win Worst Picture at the Razzies.