Hold onto your dice, because the story and development of “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is a rollercoaster ride of adventure, drama, and even legal battles! When Warner Bros. Pictures announced the development of this action-packed heist movie back in 2013, fans were already eagerly anticipating the ultimate fantasy experience. But little did they know that behind the scenes, the filmmakers were facing a serious setback: a lawsuit from Hasbro over the rights to the “Dungeons & Dragons” name.
Through all the twists and turns, one thing remained certain: the fate of this epic film hung in the balance. The matter was so serious that it took almost two years for the U.S. District Court to finally allow both Hasbro and Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the “Dungeons & Dragons” movie. Despite the seriousness of the lawsuit, the situation was also quite comical, as it was like two groups of adventurers fighting over the same treasure.
Back in 2016, a fan of the “Dungeons & Dragons” franchise claimed to have written a script for the movie and was very excited to see it come to life on the big screen. Shortly after completing the script, the film was picked up by Paramount Pictures for production, with Chris McKay and Michael Gilio as the director and writer, respectively.
Fast forward to now, and “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” has been released on March 31st, running for a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The film boasts an all-star cast, including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant, who all deliver impressive performances in their respective roles.
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure – Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FILM REVIEW.
Okay, so this film starts without wasting any time so I’ll do same.
Being in prison for a while for theft, Edgin and Hodga want to be free and this freedom can only be given by a Judge. They wait for the absolution council when a judge would listen to their case and decide whether to grant them a pardon or not. Edgin and Hodga trust no one for their release except Jarnathan, a chancellor who looks like an Eagle or rather is an Eagle. They say “he’s an Aaracokra. If anyone is gonna free us, it’s him.”
On the day of the hearing, Edgin and Holga, his partner in crime is brought before the Judge but Chancellor Jarnathan is surprisingly not present – Ah, the hope of the common criminal is not present? Bothered by this, Edgin is told that Jarnathan was delayed by the storm and he should continue speaking. Trying to delay to see Jarnathan, Edgin starts with a very captivating story – “You might be surprised to learn that I wasn’t always a thief…”
After speaking for a while, Edgin breaks and asks about the whereabouts of the chancellor… “so what’s the latest on Jarnathan, is he close by?”. He is told to proceed with his speech, reluctantly, he continues his speech. Edgin feels Jarnathan will be very receptive to his story hence the constant worry of the chancellor’s whereabouts.
When Jarnathan arrives, they (Edgin and Holga) both use him as a shield to break a window of the tower and three of them fall. Scared that Jarnathan had died, they made sure he was okay before heading to see Kira and retrieve the tablet of reawakening. Kira is Edgin’s little daughter who survived when her mom was killed by Thayan Red Wizards. Edgin’s daughter is in a faraway castle under the care and protection of Forge. Forge who is now a Lord was once Edgin’s partner in crime till Edgin was captured and taken to the prison tower.
The air crackled with tension as Forge faced the tower escapees, Holga and Edgin. After a few moments of pleasantries, the shocking truth was revealed – Forge had corrupted the mind of Edgin’s daughter, Kira. She no longer trust him and harbors deep resentment towards her father. To make matters worse, Forge refused to let Kira leave with her dad, ordering his guards to return the escapees to prison.
As Forge made his exit, his chief advisor Sofina ominously ordered the guard to kill Edgin and Holga. The pair must now escape from the clutches of the deadly guards and retrieve the all-important tablet. But their mission becomes even more daunting as they realize they must also convince Kira that her father is not the villain she believes him to be.
With danger lurking around every corner, Holga and Edgin must use all their cunning and resourcefulness to outsmart their enemies and set things right. The fate of the world rests on their shoulders as they race against time to save Kira and uncover the truth about Forge’s sinister plans. Will they succeed or will their efforts be in vain? Only time will tell in this heart-pumping adventure.
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has almost everything needed in a good movie. It has an interesting and captivating storyline, great animation, and use of CGI, humor, action, and much more. It also features great casts as stated in the introduction.
I was most impressed by Lord Forge. I’ve seen a few films which he featured in like The Gentlemen and Operation Furtune: Ruse De Guerre where he impressed. The Contractor star Chris Pine and the Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodrigue also impressed in their various roles. Chris as Edgin is the funnier of the two, the motivator, talkative and the master planner while Holger is the fighter and the one who speaks the least. The chemistry between them was great as they both complimented each other’s persona.
The film had great music and sound effects that I really enjoyed. The soundtrack was able to create a calming atmosphere when necessary and a tense one during the mysterious and action-packed scenes. Additionally, the animation was impressive and visually stunning, with fantastic special effects that were put to the test in the scene where the group of misfits navigated a labyrinth where walls could dissolve and reappear within seconds. The film also had a unique style that was both gory and strangely enjoyable.
I was fully engrossed and glued to my screen thanks to the impressive costumes, makeup artistry, storyline, and exceptional camera work. These elements were skillfully combined to create a captivating and immersive movie experience.
One of the biggest strengths of “Honor Among Thieves” is its commitment to the lore of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Fans of the tabletop game will appreciate the attention to detail in the film. However, even those unfamiliar with the game will be able to follow the story and enjoy the action-packed adventure.
What sets this film apart is its focus on the heist genre. The story is intricately crafted and the pacing is masterful, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as the group navigates through traps, fights off enemies, and outwits their foes.
Despite the action-packed nature of the film, the comedic moments are not to be missed. Hugh Grant’s portrayal of a bumbling wizard provides much of the film’s humor, and his interactions with the other characters are sure to bring a smile to audiences’ faces.
Overall, “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is a triumph of fantasy filmmaking. With its well-crafted story, talented cast, and impressive visual effects, it is sure to be a hit with audiences of all kinds.
Rated PG-13 for fantasy action/violence and some language. You can watch Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves on Paramount+ or in select cinemas near you.
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