The extra we see of Honor Among Thieves the extra it seems to be prefer it’s really set in D&D. Dragons straight out of the Monster Manual!
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves inherits a paradox from the earlier D&D films. If you’ve seen the cinematic catastrophe that was Dungeons & Dragons (2000) or any of the direct-to-video sequels, you understand the deal. A trilogy of flicks so dangerous they hang-out the franchise to today.
The film that kicked all of it didn’t handle to rise to the extent of, effectively, I’d say Xena: Warrior Princess. Actually, that present was good, so let’s say Hercules: the Legendary Journeys. It didn’t assist that the sequel appeared like an FMV cutscene from a knockoff Westwood Studios battle.
So, you understand, this complete state of affairs from the Book of Vile Darkness.
D&D films are so dangerous their popularity stains all the pieces round them. Which is a double-edged sword. Because on the one hand, these films are so dangerous that you simply may suppose it unattainable to make an excellent D&D film.
But however, the bar is so astoundingly low that you simply’d should strive actual arduous to journey over it.
Honor Among Thieves – Monster Manual on Screen
And to date, Honor Among Thieves appears to handle to take that step. They do it a few methods. For one, as all of us noticed within the trailer, the film’s really set within the Forgotten Realms. A daring step for a D&D film. For years, the D&D films have been afraid to lean too closely into the lore of D&D. Audiences couldn’t be anticipated to know what an Owlbear is.
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Now it’s one of many highlights of the trailer. Sure, people could be arguing about how a Druid isn’t technically in a position to wildshape into an Owlbear (based on the foundations as written). But no one desires to be associates with individuals mad at a film over that.
The similar goes for the displacer beast we noticed or the gelatinous dice which is able to quickly be in all places.
But a second captured by the official D&D Twitter account highlights one other monster, precisely portrayed on display for the primary time on this film.
Black dragons. This isn’t the primary on-screen look of a black dragon, thoughts you. In 2005’s D&D: Wrath of the Dragon God we acquired a take a look at one other dragon with these signature forward-swept horns.
Only this one spews flame. Everywhere. Honor Among Thieves as a substitute includes a black dragon with a flume of acid.
And little particulars like that go a good distance towards displaying the care and craft put into the movie. This is sweet as a result of the film continues to be going to be a Dungeons & Dragons film – if you understand what I imply. And in case you don’t, simply take a look at this picture of Rege-Jean Page’s Paladin launching the quillons and blade of his sword at some unseen enemy.
Yeah. 2023 is gonna be actually fascinating.
Maybe it’s the reply to the query: what in case you made Xena right now?