I’ve been playing tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) since I was a teenager and, over the past couple of years, the boys have become increasingly interested in Dungeons & Dragons. We have already played several adventures already, both home-brewed and bought, and everyone having had a chance to be DM. With this in mind, it is probably not surprising that we were all very keen to see Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
The film does not disappoint.
The film opens with Edgin Darvis (Chris Pine) and Holga Kilgore (Michelle Rodriguez) in prison for “grand larceny and skulduggery.” Of course they escape and set about retrieving Edgin’s daughter from the care of Forge Fitzwilliam (Hugh Grant). In doing so, they discover that things were not as they once seemed and that the task much larger than they had originally believed.
So Edgin (a bard) and Holga (a barbarian) find their former companion, Simon Aumar (Justice Smith), a sorcerer and recruit a tefling druid named Doric (Sophia Lillis) to join the party. Then the four of them set out to save the world. As you do.
Obviously, we were all coming to Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves with some knowledge of both the game and the setting, and it was fun to see some of the locations that our own characters have encountered visualised on the big screen. But the film is clearly intended for a much larger audience than D&D nerds. At heart, it’s a heist comedy set in a fantasy world with plenty of action thrown in to keep things moving.
The casting for this film is superb and, for the four main characters, this really is an ensemble piece. All four characters bring something to the party, and all four of them have an arc that is satisfyingly resolved by the end of the film. And Hugh Grant is a revelation — all of the charm that he has brought to previous films is twisted, ever so slightly, that is both borderline sleazy and entertainingly distasteful.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a very funny fantasy adventure that embraces the silliness that you often find at the heart of any D&D adventure. This makes for a film that is a lot of fun and one that really can be enjoyed by anyone.
The potential for a D&D film franchise huge. I do hope we can spend more time with these characters before too long.
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Sounds fun! I have never played the game.
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