Film Review – Dungeons & Dragons: Honour among thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (M)

Directed by: John Francis Daley, Johnathan Goldstein

Starring: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez,

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

Never played the game? Doesn’t matter. Dungeons & Dragons does not discriminate.

When thief Edgin (Chris Pine) and his accomplice/best friend Holga (Michelle Rodriguez) are released from prison, they seek to regain custody of Edgin’s daughter Kira (Chloe Coleman), who has been in the care of Forge (Hugh Grant).

This all sounds fairly wholesome and straightforward, but there are quests, sidekicks, a shifting maze, creatures, magic, shape-shifting and even talking corpses.

It is all gleefully fantastical, with a charmingly goofy sense of humour that is far better than it deserves to be.

Kudos to Dale and Goldstein who have imbued their film with a sense of fun, not only for fans but cinema-goers in general.

There are some key sequences that are so hilarious and fresh that it has secured itself as one of the biggest pleasant surprises of the year.

The most impressive thing about D&D is that one suspects it is full of Easter Eggs for die-hard fans of the game, and yet those unfamiliar are still able to follow the story, enjoy the gags and be part of the fun.

Pine and Grant are lapping up the opportunity to let loose and have fun (Grant is on a roll with this and the recent Operation Fortune), while Rodriguez also gets to dabble in comedy.

While the competition so far is pretty grim, this is one of the better game-to-screen adaptations.

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