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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Dungeons and Dragons Honor Among Thieves - A Magical Adventure Worth Every Roll of the Dice!

Updated: May 16, 2023

Rating: ★★★★½

Released 3-31-2023 Watched 4-2-2023 Reviewed 4-4-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"Just because that sentence is symmetrical, it doesn't make it not nonsense."

My daughter has just recently started playing D&D at high school with a group of friends as part of a Dungeons and Dragons club. Since she is both a fan of the game and a movie "buff" like her Dad, we decided that this would make for a good weekend film outing for the family to enjoy.

"Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" (2023) is a thrilling and captivating journey into the world of the famous tabletop role-playing game that has managed to charm audiences for decades. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have masterfully weaved together a film that is as fantastical as it is grounded in authentic relationships and camaraderie, encapsulating the spirit of the game that inspired it.

The ensemble cast is nothing short of fantastic, with Chris Pine as the charismatic Edgin, Michelle Rodriguez as the fierce and formidable Holga, Regé-Jean Page as the enigmatic Xenk, Justice Smith as the lovable and clever Simon, Sophia Lillis as the righteous Doric, and Hugh Grant as the cunning and unforgettable Forge Fitzwilliam. Each actor brings their unique talents to the table, resulting in rich and multidimensional characters that keep the audience engaged and invested from beginning to end.

The film's plot is a heart-pounding race against time, as our motley crew of heroes sets out to recover a stolen artifact that holds the key to saving their kingdom. Along the way, they face insurmountable odds, treacherous enemies, and unexpected betrayals. Yet, through it all, the bonds between the characters only grow stronger, showcasing the power of friendship and trust that lies at the core of every successful Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

The visual effects and set design are immersive and utterly breathtaking, transporting viewers to a realm of magic, mystery, and danger. The film is a feast for the eyes, with every frame meticulously crafted to bring the world of Dungeons and Dragons to life. The score, composed by Emmy Award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi, elevates the film to new heights, perfectly capturing the essence of adventure, suspense, and triumph that defines this epic journey.

If there is one minor drawback, it is the occasional predictability of certain plot points. However, this hardly detracts from the overall enjoyment of the film, as the charm of the characters and the world they inhabit more than makeup for any shortcomings in originality.

"Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" is a must-watch for fans of the original game and newcomers alike. It is a delightful mix of high-stakes adventure, heartwarming friendship, and the magic that can only be found in a world where anything is possible with the roll of a die. Don't miss out on this enchanting cinematic experience – it is a journey you won't soon forget.

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