For years now Ubisoft has been trying to get the film adaption of the video game franchise “Assassin’s Creed” on it’s feet. The script underwent many rewrites until the long attached star of the film, Michael Fassbender, took it upon himself to produce and get the film made. Was it worth the wait?
I will say the film is no where near as bad as critics are making it out to be. It has plenty of problems, but not to the extent that is being said. There is plenty to love about the film. Including what everyone seems to agree is the best part of the film – the Spanish sequences. The Spanish sequences are all action, and are insanely fun. Justin Kurzel knows how to direct stuff that takes place in the past (see also: Macbeth). The sets and the color pallet makes you feel like you’re in the Spanish Inquisition.
Kurzel directs the film’s action so well. He uses this unique style of shakey cam that’s really weird but exciting. But like most blockbusters now, there are way too many edits during action scenes that make them hard to follow. But there’s so many unique and interesting things in those Spanish sequences that it makes up for the choppy editing. There’s many fantastic aerial shots and first person shots that capture the feel of a video game while still keeping you in the film.
The cast are all great, as expected. Marion Cotillard was the best out of the cast, honestly. She plays such a great villain. Michael Fassbender is well…Michael Fassbender, he’s obviously great. Jeremy Irons is good but wasted, as he is only in around ten minutes. There’s also a surprisingly great score with the film too.
The film is, of course, not without it’s many faults. The film starts out with a really bad opening crawl that seemed to be there just because Fox didn’t want to extend the runtime to explain more. There’s also a flashback scene in the beginning that’s really poorly directed and acted.
The plot is then sort of rushed to get to the Spanish sequences. This is when the film gets great. But it’s brought down again once we go back into the present for Marion Cotillard’s character to explain the plot some more. But there’s a really interesting action scene that helps.
“Assassin’s Creed” also doesn’t give us a good reason to actually like our main character Callum. It just continues to shove the death of his mother in our face, almost as if the film is shouting “HEY, CARE ABOUT HIM.”
A lot of people have been complaining about how “boring” the film is, and I seriously don’t get that. Never once in the film was I bored. Maybe I was just more interested.
Overall, “Assassin’s Creed” isn’t a masterpiece, and I wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s a fun, turn-your-brain-off action blockbuster. It has plenty of problems, but my enjoyment outweighed the bad aspects of the film. I hope we get to revisit this world again in live action, whether it’s the rumored Netflix show or another film.