From RPG to the big screen
We all know that turning video games into movies has produced some great movies (Sonic and most recently Mario), and some not-so-great movies. (Warcraft and The original Super Mario Bros movie come to mind.) What about other types of games? Does the fact that Dungeons & Dragons is not an animated video game, but a role-playing game help it? Continue reading for my full Dungeons & Dragons Movie Review.
My Dungeons & Dragons Movie Review
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves actually surprised me. Why? Because it is a pretty solid movie. It’s not campy, it’s well written (you don’t have to have played the game to know what’s going on), and the actor’s performances are good. Seriously. Haha! There are no scenes I cringed at, no times during the movie was I lost, and I never felt like I needed to google the game to know what was going on. I credit the writers for this, and I do think the fact D&D is an RPG significantly helps. (I believe it gave the writers the ability to be more creative.) None of the actors felt out of place or too big of a star for the movie. I mean Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant are huge stars and their performances were spot on. No one actor/character carried the movie, and they all worked and blended together seamlessly. (Only other time I have felt/seen this type of team casting is with the Guardians of the Galaxy.)
While Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is not a movie that will sweep awards season it is a movie that you can watch over and over again, and not get tired of it. I feel we all have those go-to movies we will watch if it is on TV or will put on at night. This is one of those movies. This means its fan base can only grow. Which also, I really hope, means a sequel or prequel.
Now, every movie is not perfect of course. For Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves I wish they had used Rege-Jean Page’s character more. I feel he was barely in the movie. Also, while you get a sense of how bad the bad guys are they don’t come across as terrifying as I feel they should. I mean, the movie is PG-13 so you barely see any blood or hear any bad language. It’s possible they meant for the villains to not be as scary so as to appeal to a wider audience. (Shrugs) So, how would I rate the movie? I give Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves a solid B+, and it makes a great summer movie. I hope to see more Dungeons & Dragons films. Does it make me want to play the game? No, but I would not object to sitting in to watch a group play to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe I might actually know what is going on having seen the film. Haha! Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is out on Paramount+ and Prime Video now.
“A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people in this hilarious and action-packed adventure.”