Dungeons & Dragons:
Honor Among Thieves
review by Bobby Blakey
It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons has been around about since 1974. Through the years and iconic role playing game has made its way off the gaming table into numerous film and TV projects including the awesome animated series in the 80s and the not so awesome live action feature film in 2000 that spawned two equally bad sequels.
Now they are returning to the big screen once again with the new film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant from Vacation and Game Night directors Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Could this new chapter for the franchise role the right numbers to score with fans or will it be a critical hit?
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves follows 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.
Heading in I assumed it would be at least a good time from the trailers and it was that and more. It is way more entertaining than it has any right to be which can clearly be attributed to the creative team that brought it to life cares about the source material and its legacy. Sure there are changes to some things, but it all works great here to take the viewer on its campaign and get in on the fun.
The cast all look to be having a great time and do well with their roles. They have great chemistry bringing tons of laughs and heart to the story along with a dysfunctional relationship that is just fun to watch as they each find their way in this world. I was a bit worried thinking Hugh Grant might be miscast here, but he is all kinds of over the top cheese and fun to watch.
For this film to really work they had to bring in the magic and adventure
along with the fantastical beasts and they brought it all to the table. Every creature here is used great and given plenty to do to keep them in the forefront even the blink and you miss it easter eggs. There was clearly thought put into which famed creatures they wanted to bring in and how and it just works to create a fun world whether you are a fan of the game or not.
Big props to them not only keeping the coolness of the game world intact, but also an awesome nod to the original animated series that is great fun to watch. I had a ton of fun with this film and really hope it gets the love it deserves so we can get more campaigns out of this group as there are not only plenty of adventures to be told, but also no doubt so many more creatures and traps to unleash.
Decide for yourself and step into the world of D&D when Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves hits theaters on March 31st from Paramount.