Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: Movie Review

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Movie Review: No Gamemaster Needed

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We've had our fair share of tabletop adaptations (who could forget "Battleship") and most of these films as anticipated aren't the kind that most people are fond off. But as "The Last of Us" has proven recently, with enough care and finding a balance of originality and legacy, adaptations can be actually great. Surprisingly, "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" falls into that category. This was a straight-forward, no-frills, classic fantasy-adventure tale that brought a lot of thrills, spills, and laughs. Color us impressed.  

When their final heist goes awry, the bard Edgin Darvis (Chris Pine) and the barbarian Holga Kilgore (Michelle Rodriguez) find themselves imprisoned. After two years, the pair manage to escape now determined to find Edgin's daughter and a relic that promises to bring his dead wife back. But this is easier said than done as the two immediately find out that treachery and betrayal is among their midst.  

"Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" literally has everything. It has fantasy adventure in check, it has some sprinkling of family drama, and it even had the audacity to be a heist film. Even with this mish-mash of genres and ideas, the film was able to mix it all up well. We found ourselves highly-entertained from start to finish with little or no slow down to its witty and on-the-bank comedy, competent action, and well-rounded and well-developed characters. They could have easily made this into a soulless cash grab but they didn't and don't let the branding "Dungeons & Dragons" branding fool you - this was complete surprise for us and a lesson why you should never judge something until you've experienced it yourself. As for the actors, we just couldn't pick a standout. Each of the cast members delivered equally great performances that captured what their characters strengths, weaknesses, and quirks were. But if we had to absolutely pick one, it's Hugh Grant. There's just a unique and enticing feel to his villainy that got us hooked. Critically, there's no requirement to be a fan of the tabletop franchise to enjoy this. We're actually not familiar with Dungeons & Dragons and yet we still found ourselves liking the film and the whole experience a lot.  

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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