Assassin’s Creed (2016)

This is the first review that not solely written by me. The plot summary is written by me, but the review is written by my boyfriend, who seems to know more about the whole story of the game franchises.

Here’s the official movie site.

Assassin’s Creed is telling the story about murderer Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), who is helped to fake his death sentence by the Aspergo, a giant medical facilities located in Madrid, Spain. There, he meets Dr. Sofia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard), a young female scientist who is obsessed by “creating a new world” and “curing the agressiveness”. Sofia is creating a machine called Animus, that looks like a giant machinated hand with the ability to extract the memory of past life with the DNA memory. Sofia, and particularly her father Dr. Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), are trying to find out the location of The Apple of Eden, which is said contains the secret of Human’s First Disobedience, in order to control the humanity from their will of freedom. The location of the Apple is only known by Aguilar (also played by Fassbender), Lynch’s ancestor who are the member of The Assassins at the time of Spanish Inquisition on 1492. 

(Below is written by my boyfriend)

6/10. First, I want to congratulate Michael Fassbender for making a quite entertaining movie about the world’s most popular, most distinctive, and most complicated game franchise. Since this is the first time I write such a populist feature like this, I will make it unpretentious and quick.

The franchise itself is extensively broad, with most of its stories concerns about the clash between The Assassins, a group of people who works for peace with protecting the relic of Eden (on this movie it is a spherical aluminium pod called The Apple caused of its resemblance, while you know on the game it is called The Piece) and The Knights Templar, who works for their self-interest. The clash has been struggled through centuries, from The Crusades to the modern day, and back and forward to the Pre-dating Humanity. The movie, takes place between The Spanish Inquisition on 1492, where according to my girlfriend (she reads history, I don’t) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella want to ensure the orthodoxy of those who convert to Judaism and Islam, to the modern day.The Templar, as it has always been in every Assassin’s series as an Illuminati-esque organization, is represented by the cardinals who challenge the existence of The Assassins on 1492, and by The Elders that support Aspergo facilities and experiments at the modern day.Fassbender as a producer knows well that it is impossible for him to capture the whole story of the franchise and chooses to develop some other original story that still captures the essence of The Assassin’s Creed franchise.

The whole premise is quite promising, while the truth is, the movie doesn’t even live up to its premise. The casting of Fassbender, Cotillard and Irons are promising too, but the script left them to grievous situation. Fassbender, though my girlfriend keeps saying he’s hot throughout the movie, looks like he’s trapped on the CGI of back-forward reality and memory between his own and Aguilar’s memory. The action scenes are good with combination of martial arts and wired climbing scenes, but CGI scenes are experienced like a VR movie, and VR always makes you look foolish, although you are as hot as Michael Fassbender. The script also makes the talented (like my girlfriend says. I didn’t watch too many movies so I just know her from her two latest movie, one is Allied) Marion Cotillard to be cold and expressionless. Jeremy Irons’ Alan Rikkin is featured on first Assassin’s Creed game, but his role here is dried up.

In conclusion, the movie is entertaining. It is leveling the standard of video game-based movie up, but still lack of political intrigue that has been the main feature of Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The official movie site is here.

Another movie from the world’s probably most dashing science fiction franchise: yeay or nay? Hmm. We’ll decide later. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that takes place aftet Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and shortly before Episode IV: A New Hope. Rogue One focuses primarily on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebel Alliance’s recruit, who has to steal the design of The Empire new terrifying weapon, Death Star. Jyn teams up with Alliance’s pilot Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his reprogrammed droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), in order to reveal The Death Star’s weakness, that has been told by Jyn’s father and also the Empire’s researcher Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). In order to reduce the risk of this movie’s piracy in Asia (haha), they also assist Jyn with two great Asian actors, Jiang Wen as Baze and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. Later, Jyn’s successfully transmitted data of Death Star’s weak point will be carried out by Leia, and you know, the rest is history.

8/10. I tell you, this movie has successfully captured the emotion, feel and golden touch of the original trilogy. Though it is said to be a separated story (or they called it the Anthology trilogy), Rogue One probably tried to be the “missing link”, or the midquel, or for me it’s a deja-vu-quel, from the main story. It links us to the moment after Anakin Skywalker was left alone at the volcano by Obi wan Kenobi, then his metamorphosis to be Darth Vader, to the moment when Leia received “the message” about how to beat The Death Star. Since I said it is a deja-vu-quel, then yes, you may see the original James Earl Jones back in his black suit as the baddest badass Darth Vader or the re-capture of the young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Also, this movie brings out Senator Jebel (played by Jonathan Aris), Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O’Reilly) and Leia’s adopted father Bail Organa (played by Jimmy Smits) from The Clone Wars into life! Yeay?

This movie has a very good CGI, yes, thanks to this movie now you can see that Death Star is blowing up a planet like a nuclear reaction and not only just blow like on Episode IV. This movie is also has good music and some good old nostalgic moments with the original trilogy. However, maybe I’m just tired of Star Wars’ formula for the main female that has rebellious and strong character like Padme, Leia or even now Rey, and the droid. You can see C3-PO and R2D2 too here, thank you. When they repeated the formula on this movie, I just sighed boringly. Jyn Erso is almost having the same character as the other three, so though Felicity Jones is playing her role dramatically good, I just fed up with the character. Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor is nothing but an eye candy. The surprising casts are Jiang Wen’s Baze, Donnie Yen’s Chirrut and Riz Ahmed’s Bodhi. They give soul to this movie. While Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen give this movie a martial art show within the force, Riz Ahmed brings up the good interaction with other cast members. The best part of this movie is the brutally honest droid K-2SO, within its unbalanced built and its totally hilarious abrupt jokes. “I can see 84% chance we all killed on this mission,” he said lightly.

So, Rogue One is a yeay or nay? For me, it’s a yeay in term if you wanna deja vu with the original trilogy, but a nay if you were talking about the same old formula of both story and castings.

Sing (2016)

Aaannnnddd after all this troublesome office storm, the lady in pink is finally back! Haha. First of all, here’s the original movie site.
Sing is the story of a theater producer koala named Buster Moon (voiced by the sexy Matthew McConaughey), whose Moon Theater is almost declared bankrupt. Refusing to give up on his theater, Moon then holds an audition for singing competition with the prize that sums up all he has left, $1,000 but announced erroneous by his old secretary as $100,000. This audition leads Moon to encounter some amateur singers with great voices, a housewife pig Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a punk rock teenage porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johannson), a soulful young gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), a stage frightened elephant with golden voice Meena (Tori Kelly) and a cocky street musician mouse Mike (Seth McFarlane). Together, they bring out the best performance Moon Theater has ever held, and finally saved the existence of that theater.

8.2/10. Actually, I want to watch this movie after listening to the Dream On song by Aerosmith at the trailer, and a little disappointed when I finally cannot find any character sing that song. However, the music and the songs are still AWESOME! From Sinatra’s My Way to Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off, from Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, you named it! It’s like a perfect mix of songs from mid 70s till now, where you can sing along and be mesmerized at the same time. Plus, please note that this movie is like American Idol audition held on Zootopia, so you can expect a gorilla sings Elton John, chipmunks sing Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, or a sheep sings Seal’s Kiss from a Rose. Oh not to mention that this movie is also funny! You can expect fun from Despicable Me (2010) and the cuteness from The Secret Life of Pets (2016) since they came from the same producers.

However, please be wise in allowing your children to watch this movie. This is a movie with so many characters that came from very distinct backgrounds, and their life cannot always be bright. Johnny the Young Gorilla, for example. His father is a criminal, a bad guy. Though he escapes the prison to watch his son’s performance, says that he is proud of him and the scene is maybe one of the most touching moment of this movie, escaping a prison would be still a hard thing to explain to little children. Mike the street musician is also not a very bright character. He is cunning, big mouthed, and also has a character of a bully, though his voice is really amazing.

Please, please be wise when watching this with your kids. Enjoy the movie and, happy laughing!!