Uncharted Movie Isn’t For the Fans, But That’s OK
As a fan of the original Super Mario Brothers movie from the early 90s, my opinions on video game adaptations aren’t always shared by fellow gamers. I’m of the mind that you don’t need to adapt the game itself. So long as the characters are true to the originals and the world feels right. As someone who has never played an ‘Uncharted’ game, I can tell even from the trailer that diehard ‘Uncharted’ fans are probably going to have a problem with this movie.
Tom Holland, while a fantastic actor, is a bit on the young side. Really a far cry from what you’d expect from a rugged Nathan Drake. And Mark Wahlberg, with all of his ‘Whalberg’ charisma, is a far cry from what people expect from Sully. But, none of that should be a problem for the ‘Uncharted’ movie. Because it still looks like a lot of fun.
What to expect from the Uncharted movie:
To be clear, this movie will be ‘Uncharted’ in name only and feature your standard treasure hunting, Indiana Jones-esque adventures. It’s possible that if it does well enough to warrant a sequel or even a franchise that Tom Holland and even Mark Wahlberg may grow more into the roles of the characters gamers have come to know and love.
But as it stands now, I’m not even that concerned. Both Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg are entertaining actors and it’s hard to get an action-adventure story wrong. It’s not likely to become an instant classic like some of Harrison Ford’s movies, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe age where people queue for movies like amusement park rides, it’s exactly what audiences are going to love.
So if you’re a die-hard ‘Uncharted’ fan, try to let go of any expectations you may have or feel the movie needs to succeed and remind yourself it could be worse. At least it’s not the 90s Super Mario Brothers.
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Feature Image, Screencap from the Uncharted Official Trailer by Sony Pictures Entertainment.