Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) – “Fat Dragon” – Review

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a long lost relic, but their charming adventure goes dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.


Siobhan (Guest) – As a fan of all things D&D, this movie has been highly anticipated. It’s no secret that its predecessors have been lacking in both budget and execution, so it’s gratifying to see the game represented in all its silverscreen glory. It’s no easy task building a world that competes with the imagination of millions of players. 

And the world John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have built is a place any fantasy lover could recognize, with sweeping landscapes and nail-biting action, archetypal heroes and yes, even dragons. It’s two hours of a beautifully textured universe, drawing on decades of lore. Let’s not forget excellently choreographed fight scenes; I mean, who doesn’t want to watch Michelle Rodriguez absolutely decimate every foe in her way. 

The cast is impressive, including a charismatic Chris Pine, who exudes oodles of charm. Hugh Grant is, well, Hugh Grant. Michelle Rodriguez does what she does best as the aforementioned barbarian. Regé-Jean Page plays a perfect paladin, sincere and righteous. Justice Smith is an unconfident sorcerer, desperate for validation. Sophia Lillis is a versatile druid, fighting the good fight. Daisy Head is a formidable wizard, terrifying and almost overpowered. All of them give outstanding performances. It wasn’t hard to become immersed in their quest to save themselves, their loved ones, and ultimately, the world. 

The run time seems long on paper, but there is plenty of plot, action and character development to keep things moving quickly. Whether you’re a Dungeon Master, a player, a spectator or someone who has no previous knowledge of the game, this movie has something for you. Even fat dragons. 7.5/10

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