Dungeons And Dragons Is The Best Fantasy Movie In Years?

First impressions for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves are starting hit social media, and so far, everyone thinks it's the best fantasy movie of the last few years with nothing but praise for the film.

By TeeJay Small | Published

The early reviews are in, with many critics calling Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves the best fantasy film to hit the theater in years. Many fans approached the film, marketed heavily at San Diego Comic-Con, with cautious optimism, given previous Hollywood attempts to franchise the hit tabletop game into a film, which fell flat on its face. Now, as seen on Twitter, a number of popular film reviewers and audiences are calling the Chris Pine led film an incredible adventure packed with magic and heart.

Jacob Hall favorably reviews the Dungeons and Dragons film for its humor and use of excellent character dynamics. this makes perfect sense as the film is helmed by the writer/director duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who each have a background in writing and producing for comedy programs and fantasy epics alike, such as Horrible Bosses, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. The duo are self-proclaimed Dungeons and Dragons super fans, meaning the source material remained very near and dear to their hearts while working on the film, providing the production with the inside knowledge necessary to please the millions of D&D players sure to catch the film in theaters.

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves centers around a band of thieves led by Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Bridgertons Regé-Jean Page. When the thieves unwittingly pilfer an ancient relic of untold power for an evil Red Wizard, played by Jason Wong, an army of the undead begins to rise from their slumber, pillaging everything they encounter. Seeking redemption for their unintended hand in the evil plan, the thieves begin a quest to stop the Wizard and save the realm before the undead army causes the world to crumble into chaos.

Though he comments that the classic Dungeons and Dragons setup can come across as a bit clunky, film reviewer Kevin I. Lee also praises the humor, as well as the intense action of the adventure film. Lee also points out that, as a non-D&D player, the film does a good job of presenting insular lore from within the world of the game to those who may be out of the loop, making the movie accessible for all audiences. The film, which boasts a budget of roughly $151 million, has been teased since 2013 when Warner Brothers purchased the film rights from the Hasbro.

Warner Brothers, as well as the media industry at large, have seen a number of major changes and shakeups in the last decade since the rights were purchased, including a few major studio mergers, a series of film controversies, and even an Oscars slap or two. After a recent premier of the film at South by Southwest, fans are concluding that the Dungeons and Dragons film turned out fantastic, despite swirling about in development hell for 1o years before finally coming to fruition.

One Twitter user, Josiah Smethurst, notes that he wasn’t expecting to enjoy Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves nearly as much as he did while specifying that the hype is absolutely worth it. Many users agreed with this assessment, stating that the South by Southwest premiere was just the beginning of the film’s widespread acclaim.

Finally, we get a word from Richard Whittaker, who caught Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves on opening night. He spreads the love for the Chris Pine-led romp, while cryptically teasing an intense scene that fans will surely enjoy, closing his tweet with the hashtag #owlbears. Any tabletop D&D players should have a good idea of where this may be going, while newcomers to the fantasy genre will be in for a surprising treat!

With these excellent reviews flooding Rotten Tomatoes and other review aggregate sites alike, fans can rest assured that Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is set to take over the box office for several weeks to come, at least. As reviews continue to roll in for the film, building the already palpable anticipation for the wide theatrical release, we’ll have to wait and reserve our tickets.