I have to admit that I’m an ex World of Warcraft player. (At least the retail version 😉 ) Even so, I still am looking forward to seeing this movie although not in a theater. I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD or streaming.
At the premier this past Friday, Leeroy Jenkins met up with Hillary shilling Jamie Lee Curtis (so disappointed), and let people know what he thought about the movie:
Schulz, his long blond hair in a ponytail and his bushy beard nicely combed, made his way over to Curtis. “I have a surprise for you,” he said, without introducing himself. Then he let out a holler. “LEEROOOOOOY JEEENKINS!”
Curtis immediately knew who he was. “I need a picture,” she told him excitedly.
Experiences like this are par for the course for Schulz, 34, a Colorado resident who 11 years ago helped make an in-game video of the “World of Warcraft” character he’d created, Leeroy Jenkins, and whose life since has never been the same. One of the first viral videos to go global, the clip has been watched more than 45 million times, spawning Leeroy trading cards, Leeroy figurines and endless Leeroy T-shirts, not to mention Leeroy references in “South Park,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Daily Show,” “Jeopardy!” and even in the military’s Armed Forces Journal.
As for the movie itself, Schulz is circumspect, displaying the sort of thoughtfulness and reserve Leeroy isn’t known for. “I think the critics are a little rough on video game movies,” he said of the film, which has a 27 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “I don’t think the movie was as bad as they made it out to be.”
But, he added, “It did not have a lot of humor in it. There were not many breaks in the weight of the movie.” The film is all about somber duty and honor, solemnly moving from one mission or battle to the next, like an old-school video game. There’s no sense of swashbuckling adventure, no sense of messy humanity. Read more…
In case you don’t know who Leroy Jenkins is here is the video. You’d have to play WoW to understand why it’s so funny. This was taken back when WoW was fun to play.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) June 7, 2016