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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves review – fantasy RPG adaptation strikes gold

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves takes you to the next level of entertainment.
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Rating: 8 out of 10.
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Full disclosure, I just recently discovered that a “Gelatinous Cube” is an actual thing used in the Dungeons & Dragons game and not just some weird plot-device used in the new film, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. How many more items are like this, that will delight D&D players but were completely overlooked by me, I have no idea. Nevertheless, I still loved this movie.

I’ve always wanted to learn to play Dungeons & Dragons, but for whatever reason have never been in with the right people to give it a try. I’ve also never seen any of the other D&D movies or cartoons, so I went into this new film as a complete, Level 1 newbie. And while the film obviously has many nods to the long-time players, it is easily accessible to any moviegoer – and it is an enormously fun and entertaining film on top of that.

Part action-adventure flick and part other-world heist film, the story has a hero turned thief, Edgin (Chris Pine), and his woman-warrior pal, Holga (Michelle Rodriguez), recruiting a team of misfits to steal a magical totem that will bring his murdered wife back to life; but first they’ll have to dispatch with former teammates, Forge (Hugh Grant) and an evil witch, Sofina (Daisy Head), who have brain-washed Edgin’s child (Chloe Coleman) against him, while he was in prison.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Edgin’s new team of adventurers includes a second-rate magician, Simon (Justice Smith), and a shape-shifting druid, Doric (Sophia Lillis), who can change into an ultra-cool and bad-ass owl-bear thing, among other creatures. Written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, these characters all play brilliantly off of one another.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

I’m not a fan of Michelle Rodriguez and I typically find her iconic Fast and Furious role cringe-inducing, but I liked her eccentric character in this film. Even though she’s the toughest member of the group, she still portrays a sweet side that is endearing. And she and Pine make a good pairing together.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Hugh Grant is another stand-out, portraying yet another likeable, but despicable villain, something he’s becoming very good at (see Operation Fortune). The only light-weight, casting-wise, is Edgin’s daughter, who made me think of a whiny young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.

With its fantastic special effects and unique creatures and characters, the fun and adventure value of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves takes you to the next level of entertainment.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.