It has been a long and hard road for every gamer who wants to see their favorite game turned into a film. Most of these attempts have failed either financially, critically, or in both ways. Just a few months ago we saw Warcraft try to break that glass ceiling, but the movie wasn’t so successful (at least not domestically anyway). But there is hope! Coming out this December is the movie Assassin’s Creed, based off the popular video game series of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the plot here it is: “Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.” 20th century fox wrote that up, not I. I figured they could do a better job of it. So as you can see this movie has an amazing lead and an interesting story, not to mention a devoted fanbase. So this is seeming promising. Unless of course this news completely turns you off.
All the scenes set in 15th century Spain will be in Spanish. So sadly (unless you know Spanish, if so rock on) that means we’ll spend some time reading subtitles. Yes subtitles, the reason you haven’t seen that one french movie you girlfriend keeps raving about (besides the fact that you really don’t wanna see it). This is very divisive topic for many. I personally don’t mind them but many can’t seem to focus on what’s happening on screen and read what the characters are saying at the same time. So this may elicit a few groans from the crowd. “Why are they doing this to me!” I’m sure some of you are yelling at your computers. Well according to director Justin Kurzel from the most recent issue of Total Film, here’s why:
“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it. We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”
Hopefully that exoticness and richness doesn’t end up going unnoticed by those who aren’t fans of subtitles. And I hope all these years of public school Spanish finally start paying off. Fingers crossed.
So is this a deal breaker for you? Are subtitles really that bad? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Assassin’s Creed and other things in the world that is movie news.
Assassin’s Creed comes to theaters December 21st, 2016.