Certainly, Dungeons and Dragons has been one of the more popular games to play with others online, for a very long time. I’m quite surprised it hasn’t been made into a movie well before now. And the cast is quite good– especially Chris Pine, Hugh Grant (to add a certain amount of whimsy to a villain), and Michelle Rodriguez of Fast and Furious Fame are all excellent in their roles. The movie is rated PG-13 due to violence and a bit of language, and Lord knows there’s plenty of action and wizardry in its 2 hours and 14 minutes. Some humor pops up now and again too. It seems to be some combination of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and the Hunger Games all rolled into one. And this is not much of what I remember about the game itself, but c’est la vie. It has lots of the classic elements of a good quest story, including the attempt to find and rescue a lost daughter, a band of failures and flawed figures that find their form when they band together and stick together. There is a bit of swashbuckling fun as well. And frankly, there is nothing like this in the theaters these days. I’ve only reviewed 3 films since January 1, as it’s pretty much been slim pickings. The movie is too intense, and involves too much evil for smaller children but otherwise, it can be an outing for family fun as relatively good takes on definitely wicked once again.
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