"Another video game movie. This is going to suck." were the first thoughts that I had. However, when the trailers for this film came out, I thought that it looked pretty interesting. I still knew that it wouldn't be very good, but I thought it would be enjoyable, and "Assassin's Creed" ended up exceeding my low expectations.
I thought that this film stood out from other video game adaptations in quite a few ways. I thought that the film had an interesting premise, and was able to build that premise well. Some video game adaptations just throw you into the mythology without explanation, and some take forever just trying to set it up, but this one succeeds in standing on its own to someone who does not play the games (like me). I also thought that the cinematography and editing of the film were really cool. The film uses parallel editing, which definitely makes the film a lot more interesting than the average flashback would. The acting of the film was also very good, with Michael Fassbender being a convincing protagonist, Marion Cotillard doing well in her supporting role, and Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling both very menacing antagonists.
Yet, this film still falls trap to many of the issues that plague all other video game adaptations. There are undoubtedly many plot holes in the film, even more than I managed to catch. The film definitely prioritizes style over substance, albeit to a lesser extent. trying to emulate the feel of the games rather than being completely unique. I think that it helps that the film is based on an original story, but it is still obviously trying to mimic something else.
I was ultimately very satisfied with "Assassin's Creed". It was enjoyable, and much more well-made than many of the other video game adaptations that I have seen. There is still hope for the genre.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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