The third season of The Legend of Vox Machina is still a long way off Baldur’s Gate 3 is scheduled to be released on August 31 of this year. A real dry spell for fans of pen & paper role-playing games Dungeons & Dragons. But don’t worry, because a saving flash of light comes from an unfamiliar direction against boredom.
Especially the dream factory Hollywood, which has not shown a good hand with this franchise so far, is now releasing an adaptation that actually has a lot of potential. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is the fourth film to explore the fantastical world of magic, but the first to have any credible chance of success.
We looked at the work of the directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley already viewed and will tell you before the official release on March 30, 2023What do you think of the adventure film starring acting greats like Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Hugh Grant waits, have to expect. And what you can’t look forward to.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – A Review
We don’t want to beat about the bush at this point, but rather say it the way it is: “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is a terribly stupid moviewhich the surprise effect and visual flattery are more important than any logic. Hardly anything makes sense and many a story detail is even swept under the carpet in the middle of the narration.
Yes, when it comes to sheer plot and the raison d’être of certain scenes, this work quickly feels like Courtney Solomons Dungeons & Dragons from 2000, a film that only found its way into our hearts at the time due to a lack of alternatives. And because it was still far better than his two successors.
That’s where the parallels between the latest spin-off and Solomon’s adaptation, which we don’t want to discuss further, but already end, end. Because if you prepare yourself in advance that the work of Goldstein and Daley pure popcorn cinema really can’t be disappointed at all, as “Honour Among Thieves” is in almost every area apart from the plot shines like a dragon’s hoard.
The well told story literally jumps from one entertaining moment to the next and takes very little time for the necessary, but then also shamelessly inflated dramaturgywhile the rest either out unerring humor consists, which can be contagious with its easy cheerfulness, or from excellent fight scenes.
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” not only impresses with clever twists and some original idea, but also with well-directed and choreographed action that easily rivals any AAA action movie these days. More even, thanks to many well used own ideas the work actually stands out positively.
This is how this offshoot of the famous feels Pen & Paper role-playing game not like a simple attempt to rip off undemanding moviegoers for money, but like one serious bow to submission and a gift to fans who have suffered enough from lazy adaptations in recent years.
Wonderfully likeable characters, of course the psychological depth of a teaspoon encounter wonderfully repulsive villains and engage in an almost classic battle with them Good versus evil. Separate be here Hugh Grant worth mentioning, who revives an old role, and in the best sense of the word.
His absolutely repulsive because slimy character Forge Fletcher is basically just Phoenix Buchanan paddington 2, but he plays it so beautifully adapted to the fantasy genre that you forgive him all the parallels between the completely different films. But not only Grant was visible at the shoot with motivation and joy.
Most of the other actors in this work do the same at least a good job, but often the performance is far above what would have been necessary for this type of story. Above all Sophia Lilis as a druid, Doric not only convinces in her acting, she grabs every scene in which she is seen and doesn’t let go.
On top of that, there are an incredible number Easter egg and fan service for those of you who are really familiar with the template. However, since the film can be enjoyed without any knowledge of the original, there is no one interested in fantasy that we would recommend this to comedic adaptation can’t recommend… and maybe even have to.
- Deft, contagious humour
- Likeable characters, embodied by visibly motivated actors
- Great world with lots of easter eggs and lots of fan service
- First class action with all sorts of good original ideas
- Fantastic trick technique with only a few dropouts
- Hugh Grant as a secondary antagonist
- Sophia Lillis as Druid Doric
- Useful, easy to understand plot
- Lots of logic holes
- Few completely irrelevant scenes
- Interchangeable main antagonist
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is not without reason the first Hollywood movie in this franchise, which is properly advertised and behind which the production studio has its feet firmly on the ground. He is stupid to no endno question, but also very funny, extremely resourcefulimpresses with fast-paced action and first-class, rarely faltering CGI.