Oh, the British accent. Hollywood has a bad habit of using that accent for just about everything. A film set in France? British accent. A film set in Egypt a thousand years ago? British accent. Roman times? British accent. Basically anything remotely foreign can be substituted with British accents. Given how conditioned I’ve become to the whole process, I expected the same to be done with Assassin’s Creed. Yes, the film has it’s frame narrative set in the future, but a good portion of it is set in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, and given they’re aiming for as wide an audience as possible, I was expecting British accents galore!
Surprisingly enough, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Speaking with Total Film, Assassin’s Creed director revealed that the film’s Spain scenes were shot in Spanish, and would be shown and full, subtitled glory!
“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it,” director Justin Kurzel told the outet. “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.”
I couldn’t agree with Kurzel any more.
Call me a stickler for accuracy, I’ve always appreciated it when American movies went the extra mile and actually shot scenes in a foreign language where it fit. Perhaps the best example comes from Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 World War II opus, Inglourious Basterds. In that film, I swear at least seventy percent of film was in a non-English language, be it French or German. Yes, it does make viewing the film a bit more difficult, as you have to actually read, but it certainly goes a long way to keep me engrossed in the setting of the film. While there is something to be said for making the film as accessible as possible, one can’t underestimate the benefit of actually giving your audience some credit. Plus, with the brand recognition of Assassin’s Creed, chances are you’re gonna have a decent number of people turning up at the theaters no matter what.
What do you think about this reveal? Do you like the fact that Assassin’s Creed’s historical scenes were shot in Spanish, or do you hate subtitles more than anything else in this world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
SOURCE: Total Film