Michael Fassbender Says Assassin's Creed 'Took Itself Too Seriously'

Michael Fassbender discusses what went wrong with Assassin's Creed, admitting that the video game film adaptation 'took itself too seriously'.

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Actor Michael Fassbender has discussed the flaws of the 2016 video game movie Assassin's Creed and admitted that the film was not "ideal." Fassbender starred in the movie as the protagonist, Aguilar, and his present-day descendent, Callum Lynch. Fassbender also served as producer.

Assassin's Creed is a popular video game franchise developed by Ubisoft. In December 2016, Ubisoft and New Regency released a film adaption of the game, directed by Justin Kurzel. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons, the film featured an original story with original characters set in the Assassin's Creed universe. Against a budget of $125 million, the film grossed a worldwide total of $240.7 million, while only making $54.6 million at the United States and Canada box office. The movie received less than favorable reviews and was considered a disappointment.

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In an interview with Movie'n'co, Fassbender got candid about the film's missed opportunities and gave his thoughts about what went wrong. Admitting that Assassin's Creed was not "ideal," Fassbender explained what he would have done differently:

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I would make it more entertaining, that’s really the main note. The feeling of the film, I think it took itself too seriously and I would get to the action a lot quicker. I think there’s three beginnings of the film, which is a mistake.

Movies inspired by video games generally receive poor reviews, and though critics were less critical of Assassin's Creed than most video game movies, the film has an approval rating of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 36/100 rating on Metacritic. On the other hand, Assassin's Creed has an average "B+" grade on CinemaScore.

Screen Rant's review called the film a "positive step in the right direction for video game movies" with "slick action and beautiful visuals," while also pointing out its shortcomings, such as the story. Others have blamed the film's failure on an incoherent plot, with many claiming that it made no sense and was too convoluted. Another point of criticism was the dialogue. One positive thing that most reviews seem to agree on is that Assassin's Creed is supported by a strong cast.

When asked about a potential sequel, Fassbender says, "we'll wait and see what Ubisoft are coming up with."

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Source: Movie'n'co [via IndieWire]

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