I want to preface this article by saying that my title for this article was meant to be cute. Some DMs rule that a player cannot critically succeed or fail a skills check. That being said, we are not here to argue D&D rules. We are here to discuss whether Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves lived up to the hype. I saw this movie at Harkins Theaters and will also discuss their fan event.
Harkins Fan Event
My spouse and I drove to the Tempe Marketplace in Arizona on Saturday morning. It was a bit of a trek, but we heard there was a custom D20 they were handing out, and we had to have it. So, for $30 each, we got a movie ticket, medium popcorn, “The Potion” cocktail, D20, a special Harkins-themed campaign, and photo ops. We were unsure what to expect regarding the “campaign” but were excited to find out.
After obtaining our tickets, we stood in line and waited for the Harkins-themed campaign. We used our dexterity to win the Ever-Filling Cup of Loyalty pictured above. We also were given premade characters Chief Kernel and Moor Butter. I had Moor Butter, the ranger with a low strength score, whereas my partner had Chief Kernel, the barbarian. We had to roll an inflatable D20 to defeat a dragon and lost miserably. The dice we pined for are also inaccurate; however, they are a fun novelty that I will happily display in our home. The fan event was fun and goofy; I enjoyed it quite a bit. Now we are onto the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves review!
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Review
I explained the premise and actors we saw in my previous article about this movie. None of those things changed. However, we now know that Chloe Coleman played Edgin Darvis, who I imagine will be a budding rouge in any future installment. Additionally, Rylan Jackson played a young Xenk, the paladin of the movie. I envisioned this movie would be full of hijinx and mishaps, and it did not disappoint.
I will be the first to admit I thought this movie would be campy. However, it has been said that previous D&D films took themselves too seriously, so I thought this title would swing in the opposite direction. I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. This film had profound moments with comedy peppered in, like a perfectly seasoned stew. It also did not get too bogged down in the rules of D&D, so anyone could sit down and enjoy their time with this movie.
The cast had chemistry, and I am not talking about an alchemist table. The way they worked together through critical fails was beautifully done. I actually felt like I was watching a well-rounded party struggle when things got tough. My only gripe with the movie was that our Bard was just a charismatic guy. However, my spouse convinced me that having most characters use magic in the film would get old. Therefore, having the Sorceror be the main focus of magic made sense. Overall, I highly recommend checking out Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, even if you are not a fan of D&D.