Does Aguilar or the film take a dive?
Hollywood does not have the best record when it comes to taking video games and bringing them to the big screen. I am sure I do not need to remind you of the Mortal Kombat movies or the Mario Brothers film. Say what you will about Resident Evil but they are not the best movies out there either in my opinion. So when a new announcement comes out that one of your favorite games is coming to a theater near you, likely the first thing felt is fear. Fear that they will not make the characters what you expect or the story will be poor.
So naturally as a big Assassin’s Creed fan I was excited. I was also very reserved when the announcement was made that a film was being made for arguably one of the most successful video game franchises out there. We all were told early that the story was not going to be part of the same story arc as the games. It was going to be a stand alone film. Well it does this certainly with the characters and the new style of Animus but fans of the games will enjoy all the parallels between the two. The setting is new. The story is startlingly familiar. Per usual the wrist blades are still badass.
The scenes that take place in the past are dark and gritty, which is nice because people aren’t supposed to look pristine and clean in the 1400’s. The characters speak their native languages so there is subtitle reading to do. As long as you don’t mind then it does not distract from the action or the story. The parkour scenes are surprisingly well done, with less CGI than I expected and when there is CGI it’s almost hard to tell where exactly it is.
The present scenes are done just as nicely. The writing was superb considering the difficulty of changing a game into a different type of media. Some of the acting from a few people was not stellar but you’ll see what I mean if you haven’t already. Overall the film is a joy to see and I cannot wait to see when more will be made. Of course it ended like the games. Wide open for another if they so choose to make one.
So I say go ahead and catch it while you can, it’s worth at least one watch to form your own opinions about it. Let us know what you think about the film below.
Stay safe, and game on my friends.