Today we’re talking about the 2023 film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
This story felt like every D&D campaign I’ve read from Wizard of the Coast without being derivative, bland, or predictable.
There was a lot of worldbuilding and character set up, and I loved every second of it.
The characters are well defined in their quick backstory introductions, but I’m not sure how well someone who doesn’t know the game would understand what they can do. (My father-in-law was as confused as Doric why Edgin was useful.) Having not played much of the system after 3.5 edition, I spent a long time trying to figure out what they could do and what their classes were.
The actors were perfect in their roles and the character development was better than most D&D sessions.
This was the perfect balance between epic and cheesy. The dialogue was perfectly delivered.
Visuals and Music
The dedication to practical effects was a welcome change. They filmed a real volcano!? Everything was stunning and I liked that the spells weren’t too flashy or overdone. It gave the world a sort of grounding that made it feel more realistic.
The music was a great combination of epic fantasy (honouring scores like Lord of the Rings) and of action. I liked the slight Celtic flair to it.
This was fun from one end to the other. My daughter complained there were no dungeons or dragons at the beginning, but loved it once they got to the Underdark.
I enjoyed this immensely and can’t wait to re-watch it.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves toes the line between catering to long time fans and being accessible to casual movie goers. It doesn’t always succeed, but it does a fantastic job overall. This is an excellent adventure movie with wonderful characters. More then worth watching several times.
Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5