Today: May 28, 2024

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves

Adapting board games for films is often a dangerous roll of the dice (sorry). On the one hand you have something like Clue which is hugely entertaining and on the other you have Battleship which rightly sank without a trace (sorry). Dungeons & Dragons has had its fair share of different adaptations, from a beloved ‘80s animation series to a forgettable 2000 cinematic outing, it’s a game clearly ripe for cinematic outings, especially as its influence reaches far and wide. So does Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves pass go or does it go straight to board game jail?

When they are betrayed by one of their own, thieves Edgin (Chris Pine) and Holga (Michelle Rodriguez) must break into a tower to free Edgin’s daughter and run away with the spoils. On their quest they recruit sorcerer Simon (Justice Smith) and druid Doric (Sophia Lillis) all the while local lord Forge (Hugh Grant) tries to thwart them with the help of the sinister Sofina (Daisy Head).

Very much tapping into the Marvel way of thinking Among Thieves is more about set pieces and comedy banter than anything else. It’s hard to think of a clear storyline or character arc but what you will find is a host of entertainment. From the team behind the brilliant Game Night, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein clearly have an affinity with all things games and it’s easy to see why they landed this gig after their comedy breakout.

This is essentially fantasy Guardians of the Galaxy, a rogue’s gallery of heroes and villains all bouncing off each other to get their hands on a Macguffin that makes little to no sense. It’s not entirely clear what the villain’s end game is but frankly, who cares. This is about how much fun can be had and in that sense Among Thieves is a resounding success. The action is inventive without ever worrying about jeopardy but rather using it as an excuse to allow most of the jokes to flow as the chaos unfolds around the characters.

Pine and Rodriguez in particular nail the Butch & Sundance like camaraderie come bickering while Hugh Grant is clearly having an utter riot playing an almost Monty Python like caricature. Smith and Lillis feel slightly too young to fully bring their characters to life but do a solid job of adding a bit of youth to proceedings.

A lot of fun and utterly forgettable, Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is a big budget barrel of laughs that ticks all the right boxes without ever trying to do anything new.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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Justice Smith plays Simon, Sophia Lillis plays Doric, Chris Pine plays Edgin and Michelle Rodriguez plays Holga in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves from Paramount Pictures.

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