The first trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie premiered last night, and if it’s any indication, we might actually have two video game movies this year that aren’t complete garbage. We’ll just discount the poor trailer music choice.
Not that this and WarCraft will be good, just that they won’t be laughably bad. The Assassin’s Creed movie, much like its fantasy brother, nails the aesthetic of the respective video game series. I don’t know how I feel about the animus not simply being a pod in which Michael Fassbender catches a few winks while parading around as his ancestors, but that’s a nitpick. I still think it’s fairly great that director Justin Kurzel’s last movie prior to this one was Shakespeare’s Macbeth. There’s something to be said for going from doing a Shakespeare play to a video game adaptation. I’m not sure what exactly, but there’s something.
I do like that they’re doing what appears to be an original character, and not adapting Desmond Miles’s story. Though depending on when exactly the game takes place, there’s definitely the possibility for Ezio Auditore da Firenze to make a subtle cameo. The period for when Assassin’s Creed 2 and when the movie take place would line up pretty closely. I’m not saying there should be a cameo – it might be better for the movie to be completely separate – but there’s an opening.
I can’t help but wonder if the scene at the end of the trailer, of Fassbender doing the trademarked Assassin’s Creed jump, actually goes something like this: he jumps, he falls majestically to his death, he desyncs and wakes up in the present and Marion Cotillard is like, “What the hell were you thinking?”
Still, wouldn’t it be hilariously ironic if the Assassin’s Creed movie ends up being a better movie than the most recent Assassin’s Creed games are games. At least until they decide to adapt Black Flag as a major motion picture. They could even get Matt Ryan to play Edward Kenway. He seems to have been pretty bored since Constantine ended.