The Road to Valhalla: A Retrograde Look At The Assassin’s Creed Film

A look at the Assassin’s Creed movie.

So, here’s an unpopular opinion. I actually liked this film. It was by no means perfect, and I have many gripes with it, but I liked it.

If I being honest, it’s mostly because I like Michael Fassbender, but I also enjoyed the subtle nods to the game and the action scenes.

Though the movie was plagued by a poor choice in direction, and there was a disconnect between the direction  of the film and the game it was based on.

No, Assassin’s Creed did not break the video game film curse. In fact, it succumbed to it. Although it was a bad video game film, I don’t think it was a bad movie per say.

It just had flaws.

Too Many Beginnings

One such flaw was the intro. This film has about three beginnings. It was confusing even to someone who is clued up with the Assassin’s Creed lore.

Though at least it was eased by a really cool song by The Black Angels. But still, it felt like this movie tried to show too much in the first few minutes to set up exposition only to confuse everyone.

AC Movie screen

Assassin’s Creed is Hard to Sum Up

This is a game series that spans a ton of games. I don’t know how anyone could get the premise of the lore that would make sense and establish good character development in the time a film takes to get from opening credits to end credits.

Although the characters were cool and Michael Fassbender is really good, the movie felt rushed and lacklustre. I enjoyed it because it is Assassin’s Creed.

It showed an era we haven’t seen before with characters we haven’t seen before. I hope we will get to see more of these characters, especially since they have been name dropped in the more recent games.

Although the film had good action, the stirrings of likable characters and a decent score, it fell short. Let’s be honest, Assassin’s Creed is too vast to be a film.

It would fit better as a series. It makes sense that Netflix has acquired the rights to the franchise and is exploring new projects based off this cloak and dagger world.

Hopefully, we see these characters again as they have been put into canon in the games. And as the rule should go with video game movies or books or comics, the games are the rule of law.