Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves ★★★

A bit too content to reel off its extremely generic 2010s/2020s tentpole plot (give it a few decades and we'll see "deep state" conspiracy movies like Winter Soldier, Zootopia, and Detective Pikachu like we now see Red Scare sci-fi movies from the 1950s) and dressing it up with a generous helping of D&D buzzwords. Looks quite bad in places too. That said, this is still one of the funnier Hollywood comedies in recent memory, thanks to the D&D buzzwords actually working pretty well a lot of the time, the story being told in a way that authentically evokes the chaos, ineptitude, and dumb luck of your average D&D campaign, the gag-writing being generally very solid, and the actors doing a formidable job at selling it. Chris Pine and Hugh Grant in goof mode is always a treat. Shoutout to Paul Bazely, whom we see in about two-and-a-half scenes, yet whose face I unsuccessfully tried to place throughout the second half of the movie (he's the "magician" in an episode of The IT Crowd).

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