Video game movies: while
occasionally making every effort to cater to the fanbase, they typically don't end well for any party involved -- but god bless them, they try. Hopefully, such is not the fate of Shadow of the Colossus. After many delays, it seems that the upcoming film adaptation will indeed see the light of day, with "Chronicle" director Josh Trank at the helm. The aforementioned film has received mostly positive reviews (it currently stands at "85% Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), and Trank is reported to be in talks to help reboot the "Fantastic Four" franchise.
Nonetheless, bringing Shadow of the Colossus to the big screen is a difficult, and I fear, a rather doomed venture. Not to write the film off before we've seen anything of it, but the story of Shadow of the Colossus isn't exactly film-friendly - by which, I mean that to the "casual" gamer, the story was quite minimal. The thing that made SoTC fantastic was its ability to tell its tale, and convey its emotion, through the gameplay itself. Yes, there was a small cast of characters - Our brave hero Wander, the perpetually dozing Mono, the elusive Dormin, and everyone's favorite horse, Agro - but Shadow of the Colossus, unlike any game that comes to mind, was a story that depended on interactivity with the character- something that film, however beautifully shot or eloquently written it may be, is innately incapable of replicating. Nonetheless, I encourage Trank & Co. to prove us skeptics wrong, and if so, I will be more than happy to eat my own words - wrapped in a tortilla of humility, and drizzled liberally with shame sauce.
What do you think gamers? Does the thought of a Shadow of the Colossus movie appeal to you, or is this simply first-rate balderdash? Sound off in the comments section below!