May 5, 2023
You never would have thought that a movie based off a nerdy tabletop game would be so exciting. This is a transfer from graph paper to exciting visuals and hilarity. Welcome to Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
The story is so easy to follow and little moments come back into your mind, and certain events happen without the characters on screen talking about them. For example, when Xenk Yendar (Regé-Jean Page), and yes bare with me on these names, makes Edgin Darvis (Chris Pine) promise to give all the treasure that they steal from Forge Fitzwilliam (Hugh Grant) back to the people of Forge’s city. The group does it by pouring the treasure out of a hot air balloon with Forge’s face on it, and the people of the city go to collect the raining treasure. This ends up saving the citizens from being turned into undead and brainwashed soldiers.
Something that bugs me with the aforementioned scene about turning people into an undead army is that some people did, but they were never brought up again, even while the group was fighting Sofina (Daisy Head).
This movie was witty, and it wasn’t all in your face. As much as I love Marvel movies, it was nice to not interrupt every five seconds of action with a quip. This movie had the whole theater laughing, which is a bit hard to do.
All the scenes genuinely felt like dice was being rolled. Weird coincidences, bad luck for some characters, and good luck for others, and shifting between the characters.
The characters also grew in a realistic way. Simon Aumar (Justice Smith) had to overcome himself and grow stronger. Doric (Sophia Lillis) learns to work in a group with humans. Edgin Darvis learns to prioritize his living friends and family over his dead with, and Holga Kilgore (Michelle Rodriguez) learns to let someone go.
All in all, this was a great movie. I genuinely enjoyed it and I wasn’t expecting it to be good. A fun movie, yes, but not a good movie. But this movie flipped my expectations and is really deserving of your watch.