Why didn’t I like The Assassin?

June 20, 2016 at 11:47 am (Randomosity) (, , )

I thought I would like The Assassin, I really did. It was a martial arts film with a lady assassin! “What could be better than that?” I said.

"Ooh, and the lady assassin is beautiful? Consider me sold."

“Ooh, and the lady assassin is beautiful? Consider me sold.”

Reviews were quite favorable, although one thing did jump out at me — the mentions of the “glacial pace.”

“Oh, it couldn’t possibly be that bad,” I thought.

"I mean, jeez, how slow could a glacier possibly move, anyway?"

“I mean, jeez, how slow could a glacier possibly move, anyway?”

I was right that it couldn’t be that bad, because it was worse. Oh, gods, was it worse. Characters would walk into a scene and stand there for several minutes, motionless, saying nothing. A scene would end, and the camera would linger on the unmoving actor’s face. Characters would stare at each other for what felt like actual eons without a single piece of dialogue or action taking place.

You can't tell, but this is actually a gif*. * No, it's not, but she seriously stares at people for half the movie.

You can’t tell, but this is actually a gif*.
* No, it’s really not, for you super-literal readers out there, but she seriously stares at people for half the movie.

This isn’t glacial, I thought to myself. This is what glacial endeavors to be.

"My glacier mom would be so disappointed I lost the slowness races this year."

“My glacier mom would be so disappointed I lost the slowness races this year.”

Anyway, once you get past the interminably languid pace, you then have to deal with the fact that most of the dialogue is just exposition, that the plot is a bit silly (the titular assassin, being punished for her soft heart, is sent to murder her cousin, whom she lets live, because of her soft heart, so who didn’t see that coming, I guess), and that the director won honors at Cannes despite choosing to film an important confrontation between the assassin and her master from about a half a mile away.

Because God knows we wouldn't want to be able to see the actors actually, you know, acting.

Because God knows we wouldn’t want to be able to see the actors actually, you know, acting.

So there you have it. The reasons I didn’t like The Assassin.

Mostly it was the pacing, though. Good God, the pacing.

I will never doubt another review that mentions "glacial pacing" again.

I will never doubt another review that mentions “glacial pacing” again.

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4 Comments

  1. brikhaus said,

    This is on my Netflix queue, but I’m afraid to watch it.

    • lokifire said,

      Well, if you’re a big fan of movies where nothing happens for insanely long periods of time, then you should love it!
      (Seriously, though, critics seemed to like it despite its slow pace, so you might enjoy it.)

      • brikhaus said,

        I generally hate things that have poor pacing, hence most of the movies in my Classically Shitty series. So, maybe I’ll just skip it.

      • lokifire said,

        Hah! Yeah, I watched a not-so-great silent a couple days after this flick, and it STILL was more action-filled than this thing.

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