The new Assassin’s Creed trailer was released today. Not a new game trailer but for the movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The big question on most people’s mind I think is “will we finally get to see a good video game movie adaptation this year?” It might be Warcraft or possibly Assassin’s Creed! They’ve had book adaptations right for a long time, and they’ve recently finally started getting comic books right but good video game adaptations are rarer than finding Leprechauns riding around on Unicorns. I’m a decent fan of the video game series, particularly the first two so I’m well aware of the source material so my opinion will be influenced a little by that.
First off this trailer looks gorgeous! It really captures the look and feel of the Assassin’s Creed world especially the virtual world of the Animus that the hero gets sent into. Just seeing all the acrobatics and parkour style of jumping from building to building is very well done. The costume design looks incredible too I love the assassin cloaks it looks incredible! You can tell a lot of work went in to getting the atmosphere and look right. Even down to the how the camera moves and how it sets shots up looks very much like the game which is awesome! I love that shot of him towering over the city with the hawk flying around, that’s straight out of the games! I have two complaints with this trailer: who’s idiot idea was it to put that Kanye West song “I am a God” into the trailer??? It doesn’t fit the tone of the trailer or the movie at all… For second I thought “is this a fake fan trailer!?”
My second issue is while the trailer seems to give you the sense that it loosely follows the game’s plot it already seems many of the details are quite different. None of the characters from the game seem to be in the movie aside from Alan Rikkan, the CEO of Abstergo, played Jeremy Irons. It always continues to baffle me why video game movie adaptations feel they have to change so much. Why isn’t Michael Fassbender’s character Desmond Miles and Marion Cotillard’s character Lucy Stillman they appear to pretty much be similar characters. You wouldn’t make a Hunger Games adaptation and create a brand new character named Dognapp and replace Katniss would you!? The story and characters of the Assassin’s Creed series are so great and memorable I just wish they could be done justice.
Overall I’m very interested in this movie. The amount of effort they seem to be putting into the design and feel of the movie seems to be on point so I’m hopeful the story follows suit. Also the fact that Ubisoft, the developer of the games, themselves is producing it will hopefully bring about the first good legit video game movie because there a lot of good video games that ripe to be turned into movie adaptations. A successful Assassin’s Creed or Warcraft this year could pave the way just like X-Men and Spider-Man did for comic books.