Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Tom Holland is set to star in the upcoming blockbuster “Uncharted” along with Mark Wahlberg who plays his mentor figure in the film. With his exceptional performance in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” many think he can pull off another triumph on the big screen.
But I am doubtful because of one thing – it is a movie based on a videogame.
The “Uncharted” franchise is a much beloved series in the gaming community, particularly among Play Station users. It is known not only for its stunning visuals and action-packed missions, but its compelling story and characters.
While this upcoming film appears to combine story elements across all four games, the casting for the characters of Nathan Drake (Holland) and Victor Sullivan (Wahlberg) are not what fans of the franchise were expecting, with the biggest nitpick about Holland’s casting is that he looked too young to be Nathan Drake.
This isn’t the first video-game movie to garner criticism from fans. Movies such as “Doom,” “Super Mario Brothers,” and “Mortal Kombat” have generated massive dislike from die-hard fans of their respective franchises.
One of the main reasons why films based on video games are poorly received lies within the story of the film. Video game plots can be extremely simple or complex, so much so that some games might not even translate well onto the screen. One such example is “Sonic the Hedgehog” released in 2020.
The first Sonic game was known for featuring little to no plot whatsoever. When a film about a video game franchise is being produced, usually writers for the film will take the most inspiration from the first game in a series, giving the writers to do whatever they want with the characters at the expense of their established personalities.
Because of this, the writers of “Sonic the Hedgehog” had to create characters to appeal to the more emotional side of Sonic. This takes the spotlight off the characters the movie is supposed to be about, ruining the essence of the film.
Without the spirit of the games, films based off them tend to be lackluster and seem to be made only for the sake of having a videogame movie.