Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
I really didn’t know what to expect going into this movie, I thought it was either going to be really really good or really really bad and not a lot in between. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. The cast is a lot of fun and I think they created a very interesting world.
I think with such a large fan base for the game, I think this makes for a very interesting adaptation, with a built-in audience. What I like is that you don’t need to know anything about the game to understand what's going on and find the movie enjoyable. You don’t feel alienated as someone who knows nothing about it going into the film. However, I also think maybe I would have felt a deeper connection to it if I was more familiar with the game.
I found the characters very well-developed and just fun to watch. They are easy to root for and all have well-developed backstories. I like the way they introduced Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez’s characters, it is a creative and comedic way to do the typical long flashback sequence. Also, I loved that all the female characters were such strong characters. It was refreshing to see fight scenes where the women can hold their own without needing a man to back them up. I thought the dynamic between Hugh Grant’s character, Forge and Chris Pine’s Edgin, was very funny.
One thing that stood out to me is that in a lot of movies that I watch today, I don’t get sad when characters die because I don’t have the time to get to know them. Especially how I usually do with a series, where I have upwards of ten hours of content to become familiar with a character. In this film, when one of the main characters dies I was actually really sad about it. I found this interesting because I think it's a great testament to the character development in the film to be able to make the audience love a character to move them like that in only a couple of hours.
This movie was surprisingly very funny. I like that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. It makes fun of the earnest and cliche kind of stuff. It definitely reuses a lot of the usual tropes and is not the most unique film in the world, but I think this film hit all the right notes. It is a great movie to go see in a theatre. So with that, I highly recommend this movie and I think you should go see it in theatres… don’t wait for streaming… THEATRES.