Honor Among Thieves breaks through fantasy stereotypes
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves may be a big fantasy blockbuster based on the popular table game, but this isn’t the first time the property has been put on the big screen. The 2000 horror film of the same name ended up launching a trilogy, and there was also a 1983 animated series. Let’s not forget Tales of the Vox Machinaeither a Prime Video show based on the Critical Role live streams. Paramount has a lot of work to do if it wants to do it D&D a stand out film, but did it manage to pass nat 20 on persuasion and performance?
The film begins its story in a less obvious way. Two of our heroes, Edgin – a poet (played by Chris Pine) and Holga, Michelle Rodriguez’s barbarian, are locked in a prison cell because of a heist gone wrong. From there, our poet tells how he and his partner in crime got into this mess. Edgin reveals that not only is he a father, but he was also part of a group called “The Harpers,” a group of people tasked with stopping evil guys One of them is known as a member of “The Red Wizards”, magical beings who use their powers for darkness.
These evil magic practitioners managed to find out where Edgin’s family lives, which led to the death of his wife, although his daughter survived. From there, he broke a vow that led to a life of thievery with his party members and his daughters, until things went downhill and he and Holga were arrested.
What sets this fantasy apart D&D– like the media that he managed to break the conventions on what he does Dungeons & Dragons the game we know and love. From the beginning, it is made clear that our heroes are terrible people, and they have started their journey of stealing things from others without knowing it. Also, they are losers. They are not noble and recognizable heroes who decided to work together to save the world; they are united for a common purpose of robbing and stealing stuff from rich people, as long as no one gets hurt.
At the same time, he should be commended for not using too many D&D/fantasy stereotypes like “the horned bard” or “the wise wizard.” Instead, it gives our characters more depth because of their background and motivations. Speaking of their backstories, while it might seem like the film likes to churn out origin stories left and right, it helps build the -world and adds to the storytelling, which is funny because it’s something you’d expect in D&D. game However, if you’re watching this with zero context to the source material, these segues slow things down somewhat.
There is also good discussion about the dialogue used throughout. To someone unfamiliar with the games, it might all sound campy and cheesy. However, this is how party members and real characters sound in real life D&D session. Heck, this is the same type of verbiage seen in other related media such as Critical Role. At least the writers try to make it fun or funny when these moments happen, but compensate for it in the serious and emotional moments.
Despite its faults, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves he knows what kind of movie it is, and he has fun along the way. Did you expect to see a magical hand-to-hand wrestling competition at the final fight? Or a big red dragon attacking everyone? Or our heroes interrogating multiple bodies to find an ancient symbol? But these are things that can happen in a D&D session because of the imagination of the players. So props to the film’s directors and screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley for using so much creativity to bring it to life.
But, if he could stand on his own two feet without it a Dungeons & Dragons label on it, or if viewers were to come in blind and have no experience playing the game, a lot of things that the movie entertains could go over those people’s heads. Also, there might be those who would complain about the “lack of dragons” because there isn’t much to see on the screen.
If you really want to enjoy yourself Honor Among Thieves, you have to throw away what you know about fantasy adaptations and forget what you’ve already seen in the genre. This is not a film based on an existing myth Dungeons & Dragons, and not about “dungeons” or “dragons.” This is a theatrical recreation of what a table session would be like, and how one would imagine their session would be if it were translated to the screen. And the result is a film about a group of underdog activists who make a lot of mistakes, but at the same time will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ is a successful spin on the fantasy genre with its high plot, strong characters, and a large world with opportunities to share more stories.