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‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ an exhilarating must-see [Review]

Looking for a movie to make you smile from start to finish? 'Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves' is it. Find out why in our review.

It’s rare to watch a movie which brings you nothing but sheer and absolute joy from start to finish, and I can safely say Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves does exactly that.

It’s a rollercoaster of laughs and you don’t have to understand (or even be a fan of) the tabletop role-playing game of the same name to enjoy the film adaption.

‘Dungeons and Dragons’ review

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves ticks all the boxes. You want action? Check. Fantasy and adventure with a dash of terrifying monsters and unscrupulous villains? You got it.

An incredible quest to give you goosebumps and keep you entertained? We wouldn’t expect anything less.

WATCH: ‘Honor Among Thieves’ trailer

Without spoiling it, here’s my humble review of why I loved it so much and why I believe it should be right at the top of your must-see movie lineup for 2023.

You get your regular rag-tag group of friends, the unlikely hero types, who embark on an adventure to search for a powerful artefact.

Their journey is not without peril and our misfits come face-to-face with many obstacles along the way.

They must overcome everything from evil forces and conniving enemies to achieve their goal.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie poster
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie poster courtesy of Paramount Pictures

It’s playful, it’s fun, it’s goofy and I’m trying really hard to not sound biased and oversell it (flaws and all) but it is worth every minute spent in the cinema.

Direction and writing

Honor Among Thieves was co-directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (who also worked on Spider-Man: Homecoming) and their track record speaks for itself.

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The directors said they wanted the mix of the earnest fun and absurd comedy of their childhood favourites, inspired by the likes of The Goonies and The Princess Bride.

“We’ve seen stoic, humourless portrayals of fantasy characters in almost every other film and television show, and this was our reaction against that,” Daley said in a recent interview.

Even the original writing – expertly handled by Chris McKay and Michael Gilio – deserved recognition for introducing a heist-theme to a fantasy action film.

Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Photo: Paramount Pictures

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‘Honor Among Thieves’ cast

The main role – a witty bard and disgraced hero named Edgin – is brought to life by Chris Pine while Michelle Rodrigues portrays his best friend, the ‘look-at-me-twice-and-I’ll-moer-you’ barbarian Holga.

Pine and Rodriguez brought a truly captivating performance and added a delightful layer of depth to the storyline.

Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Both Pine and Rodriguez played off each other so well, being heart-warming and hilarious in equal parts. I’d even go so far as to say their chemistry was the highlight of the movie.

Other cast members include Hugh Grant as the rogue Forge, Regé-Jean Page as paladin Xenk, Justice Smith at sorcerer Simon, and Sophia Lillis as druid Doric.

TL;DR, just go watch it

Overall, the dialogue is witty and fresh, the action is non-stop and in-your-face, and the performances are on point.

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In fact, even Hugh Grant described Pine as a “genius because he isn’t annoying or nauseating or too good to be true.”

Speaking to Den of Geek, Grant also had nothing but praise for the writers, saying: “On the whole, the script didn’t need enhancements. They [Chris McKay and Michael Gilio] are very good writers.”

Whether you are a seasoned D&D player or a newcomer, Honor Among Thieves is an absolute feast for the senses and an exhilarating must-see.

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