Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves ★★★

top 5 easter eggs you missed in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves! as a reference to your DnD game, the film is 30 minutes longer than it needs to be and somewhat clumsy with its exposition

Not bad, but it's no Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness. While it at least lands a joke more often than it doesn't and looks decent, the pacing is slightly too sluggish for the kind of movie it's trying to be, and the screenplay is simultaneously surface-level and too convoluted. They should have made the characters say "nice, I leveled up!" after the second act to make it feel like it had a point.

That's my review of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves as a fun fantasy adventure that has a brand name slapped on top of it to increase its appeal in the IP Orgy era of pop culture. As a Dungeons & Dragons movie... well, it barely is one, unless you think that the most important thing about DnD is the deep, deep worldbuilding you can barely tell apart from any other Tolkien-core fantasy. If you're looking for something that is in conversation with the game (or TTRPGs in general) as a social phenomenon, perhaps turning a metafictional eye towards the theme of escapism and the relationship between roleplay and reality, prepare to be disappointed. And while I'm not surprised that the movie was content with making its connection to the source material amount to some nods towards the lore, there is still something pretty disappointing about it being so unambitious as an adaptation.

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