I wasn’t planning on a movie this week, but had a genuine movie theater popcorn craving. The trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was entertaining, with a lot of familiar actors, and it fit my obscenely early time slot. I didn’t have high expectations – but it was sooo fun!
If you haven’t played D&D, you probably know someone who has. Stranger Things helped make it cool to spend endless hours in a basement role-playing and world building, creating extraordinary heroes out of ordinary friends. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor of Thieves takes the idea of game play and story-bending to a whole new fantasy level, and invites you to laugh along.
Chris Pine stars as Edgan (brilliant casting) and sets the campy tone for the upcoming adventures. Michelle Rodriguez is his partner in crime, Holga, a brutish warrior with a soft side that nurtures a true friendship. We first meet them in their prison cell and we quickly take their side, rooting for their escape.
The pair are trying to plot and plan how to reunite with Edgan’s daughter Kira (Chloe Coleman). They recruit a team of old friends to battle their way to victory against Forge (Hugh Grant). The team includes Simon, (Justice Smith), an amateur sorcerer with imposter syndrome and a shape-shifting faery named Sofina (Daisy Head). Let’s not forget Regé-Jean Page who swoops in as Xenk with the same sultry heroics he sweated to in Bridgerton. And he does it hiliarously, without excuse.
This is exactly the kind of movie to see when you’re craving popcorn! Lots of fun, laughs, and action. There is even a heartwarming story underneath it all. The graphics are fantastic, the comedy hits at perfect pacing, and the collaborative team of (first-name only) misfits will have you cheering. A great escape