SXSW Review – Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

SXSW Review – Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Dungeons & Dragons has long been a videogame played by kids who grew into grownups or simply grownups who fell in love with the gameplay and creative situations.  Personally, I neverever played the videogame; my just directexposure is through movies and tv programs.  For some factor, movie studios continue to bank on the appeal and fan base of the videogame.  There is currently a movie, 2000’s Dungeons & Dragons, which I slightly keepinmind, however do not keepinmind seeing.  Twenty-three years lateron, we have another movie, and there is no doubt of the big amount of cash tossed at it to make it a success (maybe…probably).

The movie is a enthusiasm job for filmwriters and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (fresh off of Spider-Man: Homecoming). They spoke at the SXSW screening about how long it hasactually taken to get it to the audience.  The movie is anchored with funny and enjoyable, setting itself apart from the 2000’s adjustment.  It does not take itself seriously, and I do not believe the audience will either.  The story is not informed linearly; it sets up essential characters goingto their backstory or how they got to a specific location in life.


While Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) has a primary character in Edgin (Chris Pine), the movie is a group effort, with supporting cast members being as essential to the story as Edgin.  Holga (Michelle Rodriguez) is Edgin’s finest pal and assists raise his kid platonically.  When things endedupbeing too hard to handle economically, Edgin and Holga turn to taking, forming a band of burglars, consistingof Simon the sorcerer (Justice Smith) and Forge (Hugh Grant).  Taking on a customer in Sofina (Daisy Head), the group gets themselves into a dilemma that lands Edgin and Holga in jail and Edgin’s child Kira (Chloe Coleman) without momsanddads.  He assured Kira that he would return, however he stoppedworking.  Edgin and Holga break out of jail and go on a mission to discover Kira.  The band gets back together (minus Forge) to surface another mission including in shapeshifter Doric (Sophia Lillis).

There is no incorrect method to adjust Dungeons & Dragons into a story, as they all differ with the creativity of the Dungeon Master.  Basically, simply keep it in the dream category and center it around a mission (I believe).  Honor Among Thieves achieves this whole-heartedly with an experience through all the lands and including all the monsters and individuals occupying it.  

Regé-Jean Page makes an fascinating look as Xenk, a half-immortal, half-mystic human (again, questioning if I am getting this ideal).  Xenk is an essential part of the group’s mission, leading them to a wonderful helmet.  His addition in the story is a brilliant area with his stoic character, deadpan shipment of lines, and failure to comprehend sarcasm.  Page has not been in lotsof tasks post-Bridgerton, and this movie shows that he is not simply a romantic lead or a remarkable star.  He can do dream and comical functions simply as well.


I had problems with the movie duetothefactthat some of the jokes fell flat, and Edgin’s quips did not constantly land.  The runtime appeared a bit long at over 2 hours, and the last 3rd of the movie dragged however needto not have as the movie was coming to its climax and supreme fight.  Shave off 30 minutes, and the movie would haveactually been muchbetter for it.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves will besuccessful with videogame fans.  It is a lot of enjoyable, minus the concerns with it.  I see a missedouton chance in marketing it to households, even with the PG-13 ranking.  The audience would be much morecomprehensive if it were knocked down to PG.  It has whatever kids appearance for with dragons (even a chubby one), knights, witches, wizards, and great combating versus evil.  There are some styles that feel directed at kids, however I guess we all requirement a tip of what is essential.  Honor Among Thieves is a great time, simply not the supreme comical dream movie that fans are possibly anticipating it to be, and that is still a quite excellent time invested in the theatre with one “stellar” cameo.


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