December is going to see some exciting new films hit the theater. It’ll be interesting to watch how they all fare. The obvious success story we can probably bet on is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Pre-release tracking already has the film opening at more than $130 million dollars, according to folks at Variety. Passengers and Assassin’s Creed are less likely to match Disney’s Star Wars, but they are sure to have dedicated fans. Jennifer Lawrence is already an iconic actress with some memorable rolls, matched with the always hilarious Chris Pratt. Their turn in Passengers may prove critical and financial gold. Michael Fassbender has clout in his own right with a string of successful films. Based off the uneven quality of games, will fans of the original source material in Assassin’s Creed flock to the theaters in support? Is there even enough of a fan base or appeal to wider audiences to ensure success?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved there was more than an appetite for further adventures in the world George Lucas created. Two billion dollars at the box office later, we’re nearly at the release of the first stand-alone prequel film in the series. The gritty look from the trailers provide a chilling fight ahead for the film’s protagonists. Darth Vader looms mysteriously in quick cut scenes, leaving us eager to see just how much action we’ll get out of him. Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Forrest Whitaker are featured, assumed as fighters for the rebellion seen in the original trilogy. I’m doing my best to avoid spoilers this time around. I want this movie experience to be free from bias as I cheer on the rebellion.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt headline Passengers on the premise that they might be the lone survivors of some sort of catastrophic event. The trailers depict the usual comedic stylings of Pratt against Lawrence’s playful yet commanding presence in every film she graces. It looks to be banking on the chemistry between the two with disastrous events strewn together to make sure we don’t confuse this with a romantic comedy. Right now, there’s just not enough information out there to really guess how this will land. Both actors are proven commodities and certainly elevate films they’re in. I feel like this will go either way, being an expensive flop or another box office gold notch to add to their belts.
Assassin’s Creed booked the likes of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard early on to star. The care they’ve shown in production quickly dismisses the general malaise left by previous game to movie translations. Unfortunately I’m old enough to remember the infamous Mario film. Fortunate for the studio and game creators, their hardcore gaming demographic is probably not too familiar with that trash. Assassin’s Creed spanned a few games to varying degrees of critical success. The stealth adventurer encompasses a fairly dense story involving bloodlines and time travel with many famed historical events and locations. The latest games seemed to steer the ship back in the right direction, but I wonder just how big an appeal this film will have with the casual movie goer. It certainly looks exciting and could come out a bit more successful than anyone may think.