Friday, May 12, 2023

Film Friday: The New, "Dungeons and Dragons," Movie is Great!

"Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," is a superbly entertaining movie thanks in part to the fact it does not require the viewer to have any understanding of D&D. I know that because I have very, very little knowledge of it. I've never played D&D but have played fantasy video-games that draw from the mythology somewhat. This movie uses D&D to help create its World and there are little easter eggs for those who know everything about D&D, but it is a damn entertaining movie set in a fantastic realm that would work even if it didn't have the thematic trappings of D&D. I watched it with a friend of mine yesterday after he recommended the flick. I was quite entertained.

A lot of the credit for this movie being so entertaining goes to the cleverly-crafted script and some superb talent who absorb themselves into spectacular roles. Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, RegĂ©-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and a delightfully slimy Hugh Grant are just some of the folks who appear (not to mention one surprise cameo that had me doing a double-take). The movie is basically a heist that morphs into heroically saving the day, but the plot isn't as huge an element as some amazingly choreographed fights and one jaw-dropping scene of a Druid breaking out of a castle through multiple transformations the special effects wonderfully portray. As Alyssa Mercante of Koatku puts it in the title of her review, this movie is, "...Better Than It Has Any Right To Be." It's a really good time and you ought to check it out.

4.5 Out of 5 Stars.

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