I’m not usually one for game to movie adaptations, and truthfully, I got quite bored of the Assassin’s Creed games pretty quickly, but I have to admit, the new trailer for Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed looks fantastic.
Official plot synopsis
“Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organisation in the present day.”
What I liked about the Assassin’s Creed trailer
Quite honestly, the most engaging thing about the Assassin’s Creed movie for me, so far, is the fact that it boasts a pretty stellar line up: Michael Fassbender (who both stars and produces), Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson, Kenneth Williams, Callum Turner, Ariane Labed and, of course, the unforgettable Jeromy Irons.
The film is also directed by Justin Kurzel, who has worked with both Fassbender and Cotillard before, in last year’s movie adaptation of Shakesepare’s ‘Macbeth’. I haven’t seen it, so I can’t profess its brilliance and my high hopes for the pending movie, but I always think it’s a good sign when actors and directors choose to work together again – I’d say it bodes well for December’s Assassin’s Creed.
The first poster from the Assassin’s Creed movie also looks pretty impressive:
I also like the feel of the movie; it seems a little Inception-esque, which I guess the game boasts also, but the manner in which it looks like it’s going to be executed in Assassin’s Creed adaptation looks interesting – I like the fact that Fassbender’s character is a little more imprisoned, than I felt he was in the games too. Not sure why, mind you.
The main plot of the movie sees our protagonist delve into the Spanish Inquisition, which I think is a great thing, considering Ubisoft got unnecessarily obsessed with the Victorian era, and then pirate boats. The heresy and corruption of the Spanish Inquisition alone, makes the movie more interesting to me than it was before the trailer.
However, stellar casting and an interesting time in world history does not necessarily a movie make, and there still remains a lot to be seen about whether or not the movie will go the way of the game adaptations and fail to meet fan expectations.
What I didn’t like about the Assassin’s Creed trailer
Admittedly, the thing that pretty much made me want to turn the trailer off, was the blaring of Kanye West’s ‘I am God’ over the top, ruining what could have been a sequence of really intriguing looking scenes that captivated me and made me really excited for the movie. However, I feel a little bit like I don’t want to see it now, purely because of the dire soundtrack choice. Petty, maybe, but I’d argue that if there’s one thing that can ruin a good movie, it’s the egotistical ramblings of a psychotic, yet relatively inferior rapper-baby-man.
I also take issue with the appearance of CGI blood – what gives? I’m not sure why this is becoming such a recurring trend or why film makers keep opting for its inclusion in the movies, but it needs to stop – it looks crap. For me, it detracts from some of the action scenes and makes them look less impressive than they should look. I’m by no means a blood thirsty kinda gal, but realism definitely goes a long, long way in a movie’s success, I’d argue.
As mentioned previously, I don’t really like game to movie adaptations, and I worry that Assassin’s Creed will become yet another movie that succeeds at the box office, but fails to represent the game – or, indeed, consider fans of the game and let them down.
I know that 20th Century Fox will be hoping for a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time style success, that saw the movie make $336.4 million at the box office – but for me, that movie did fail to impress and let me, as a fan, down big time.
Assassin’s Creed opens in December this year – you can expect a review! Until then, you can watch the trailer here: