Movie adaptations of the original source are always a hit and miss. Mostly miss than hits. There are a few good ones, not gonna lie. Perfect? No but good. But we’re not gonna talk about that for this article. Today, we’re gonna take a look at some of the worst game to movie adaptations.
Super Mario Bros (1993)
If there was a top spot for this list, this movie would take the top spot. You know this was a mistake even just looking at the poster. There’s a lot to talk about this movie and why it’s bad that it deserves its own article. Since we don’t have time, we’ll cut it short.
This movie has little to nothing about the plot of the game. Okay, they have to rescue a princess but other than that? Mario doesn’t go out with Peach in the games, he goes out with Pauline, the girl from Donkey Kong, an earlier model for Peach.
But in the movie, Pauline and Peach exist in the same plain, so there is no reason to have Mario have a relationship with a young princess. And don’t get me started on the Goombas. What the hell were they thinking?
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
This game was really trending back then and even I, myself enjoyed it. When they announced that they’re making a movie, I was not against it but one mistake they made with this movie was that it took them way too long to release it. The game was released in 2009 but the movie was released in 2016 which is 7 years apart.
I know animation is hard, I understand that but the game wasn’t all that great to make a movie out of it in my opinion. So by the time this movie was released, the hype was gone. Though it was not the worst of the worst game to movie adaptation, I personally don’t consider it to be enjoyable enough for me to keep watching. The screenplay lacks depth and so does the conflict between characters.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
The most obvious wrong thing about this movie is casting. It’s your typical whitewashing. Why cast a white man to play a Persian character? Is it so hard to find an actor of Iranian descent? Is it hard to find any coloured actor, Hollywood? Are they so rare?
Even the lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal admits to his mistake for taking that role. Well at least he admits it and learned his lesson. The leading actress wasn’t any better. She was good but not great. The storyline itself was okay in my opinion, enough for me to not skip but not great for me to want to watch it again.
Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Based on the video game franchise of the same name, this movie didn’t do as well as the video game franchise. Even the official poster didn’t look interesting enough. The film is set in the same universe as the video games but features an original story that expands the series’ mythology, taking place during the Spanish Inquisition. Yeah…they should’ve just stick to the game’s storyline.
The two powerhouse leading actors couldn’t quite save the movie. Is it okay enough for you to watch till the end? Maybe. Will you watch it again? Highly unlikely. This movie definitely disappoints fans of the video games or those who are at least familiar with the game. Not sure what those who never played Assassin’s Creed think of the movie though.
So that is it for this list. Which game to movie adaptation do you think should be on this list? Share us your thoughts in the comments.