Sunday, May 21, 2023

Dungeon And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

A bard (Chris Pine) and his friend (Michelle Rodriguez)  break out of prison in order to return to his daughter and reclaim a magic item which will will allow him to bring back his wife from the dead. Along the way he discovers that the friend (Hugh Grant) who was taking care of his daughter sold him out and is working with a red wizard to bring about great evil. He then has to assemble a team of adventurers to get his daughter back and, unintentionally, save the world

Cinematic equivalent to playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Honor Among Thieves is a blast. Witty in all the right ways the film is punctuated the magnificent set pieces (The maze, the fat dragon) to be a true cinematic delight. Playing both to the fan and nonfan this film is absolutely intent on telling a good story and making us want to go adventuring.

What I love about the film is that the film creates a whole bunch of characters we really care about. While the characters seem to be one note at times the actors and actresses actually create real people. It’s not in the big moments but the small ones where small lines and tiny gestures and look  create wondrous characters.  It’s because of the performances that the film completely sticks the landing and ends up with a deeply moving ending, despite being telegraphed early on.

What a great film

This is one the best big budgeted Hollywood epics in years and highly recommended.

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