D&D: Honor Among Thieves is the latest movie based on the fan-favorite tabletop roleplaying games. While the older movies were in the so-bad-its-good category of B-movies, Honor Among Thieves is actually a decent attempt at bringing D&D to the silver screen. Even though I was pretty adamant not to throw any more money in Hasbro’s way, I eventually caved and bought the movie on Blu-Ray.
On the day the Bu-Ray released my wife and I sat down and started watching. I quickly realized that I had a few misconceptions about this movie. Unlike my previous impression it actually was set into the Forgotten Realms settings and even made use of its lore. There were a lot of Easter-eggs for long-time fans of D&D in general and the setting in particular. The comedy and action reminded me a lot of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. While the plot was pretty forgettable Honor Among Thieves was highly entertaining. My wife and I had quite a good time watching it and some scenes make me chuckle just thinking about them. By the way, if WotC hasn’t changed the Wild Shape rules to include owlbears they definitely should do so ASAP. Owlbears rock!
The cast did a decent job and there was definitely chemistry between the members of the party. I was a bit disappointed that Michelle Rodriguez basically played the same character as in any other movie she was in, but at the end of the day, that was to be expected. Aside from that the actors did a good job and I didn’t notice any overacting on par with Jeremy Irons’ performance in the first D&D movie. And trust me, this is a good thing.
I’d definitely watch it again and I recommend any D&D fan to at least watch it at least once. It’s way better than every other D&D flick before it and it even should be a lot of fun if you know nothing about tabletop roleplaying games or D&D. Just don’t expect a deep and complex story. But if you go into it hoping for a fun romp through the Sword Coast region of Faerun you’ll not be disappointed.