“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (Paramount)
By OSV News
In reworking lore from the well-known role-playing fantasy game of the title, co-directors and writers (with Michael Gilio) Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley ignore a trilogy of previous adaptations to get an entirely fresh start.
Their lavish odyssey tale follows an ex-spy-turned-imprisoned-thief (Chris Pine) as he makes his escape and seeks to retrieve a totem which he believes has the power to bring his deceased wife back to life. As he battles the smarmy villain (Hugh Grant) who currently has possession of the object, and who has also gained sway over his daughter (Chloe Coleman), he’s accompanied and aided by a barbarian (Michelle Rodriguez), a half-human sorcerer (Justice Smith), a paladin (Regé-Jean Page) and a shape-shifting druid (Sophia Lillis).
A rollicking time is had by everyone and love and family values triumph in the end. But the real point is the quest itself and the bonds, insights and self-knowledge the characters who embark on it acquire along the path of their adventure.
Occult themes, cartoonish violence and gore, occasional crude language. The OSV News classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may not be suitable for children.