Dungeons & Dragons: Honor of Thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor of Thieves

We don't get many fantasy films, especially good ones. They are financially demanding and rarely succeed in attracting a sufficient number of fans. In this respect, series creation is a bit further ahead.

That's why we should be glad for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor of Thieves. Although the trailers made this film seem variously, it turns out to be a very pleasant affair, which has the potential to appeal even to individuals not smitten by the fantasy genre.

Famous Roots

Almost all fantasy films and series have some literary source, which makes quite a lot of sense. Screenwriters don't have to invent new complicated worlds. In addition, book fantasy is quite a popular genre and some works have almost a cult status.

This makes it possible to attract many more fans to the cinemas than in the case of a hastily invented story.

Dungeons & Dragons also has a strong brand behind it, but not literary, but gaming. It's a tabletop game of heroes, where players together create a fictional world according to fixed rules, in which they then experience all sorts of adventures.

The story and everything around it are generated by so-called Dungeon Masters, while regular players create their own characters. They have certain initial characteristics, such as charisma, strength, or intelligence.

Almost all game situations are solved by special dice, which decide on the success or failure of a given action.

However, the film Dungeons & Dragons does not talk about how a bunch of nerds play D&D in the evenings, but offers viewers the opportunity to peek into the world created by the Dungeon Master, in this case in the form of a screenwriter.

Fresh and Funny Piece

Unlike The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, the latest film from the world of Dungeons & Dragons does not take itself too seriously. It's not outright comedy, but it's not far from it. The important thing is that the film runs at a pleasant pace and has very few dull moments.

The story somewhat unsurprisingly tells of a group of diverse heroes who have joined forces due to events to defeat the evil threatening the world.

The plot is quite simple, which is not at all detrimental. At least everything rushes at a frantic pace, at least from the second half of the film. The first one is also quite action-packed, but it would definitely stand a few more days in the editing room.

The main and secondary characters are written very well, especially their mutual dialogues.

The central role here was taken by Chris Pine, who we could see for example in the new Star Trek and it is definitely one of the big pluses of this film. In general, the casting in this case was quite successful. The only major flaw is the villain played by Hugh Grant, who is a bit annoying.

Fantasy Version of Guardians of the Galaxy

The best way to compare this latest fantasy work would be to the first Guardians of the Galaxy, with which Dungeons & Dragons has a lot in common, except it does not take place in space, but in a fantasy world full of orcs and magic. In everything else (team, pace of the story, idiotic villain) the films are as similar as two peas in a pod.

On the technical side, it's not a miracle, the smaller budget is noticeable on the film. However, the tricks and Hugh Grant are just small blemishes on the beauty of an otherwise very good work, which is definitely worth seeing.