Naturally, like any major studio movie based on a well-known IP, the film is full of big action and big special effects, but the charm never dissipates. While the largest creatures are brought to life with CGI, anything on a human scale (from orcs to bird-people to humanoid cats) are practical effects that feel torn out of Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth.” And even the most extreme special effects can’t help but surprise and delight, like a dragon that is … Well, it’s not the kind of dragon you’d expect from a movie like this, and it’s delightful.
If “Game Night” was two filmmakers proving they had serious chops by directing the hell out of what could’ve been a straightforward comedy, “Honor Among Thieves” is the same duo proving they can wring character and humor out of a fantasy adventure that could’ve knocked off Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and called it a day. Instead, Daley and Goldstein have crafted a movie driven by character and wit, a fantasy adventure unashamed to be about how we define love and family. Sure, some may roll their eyes at this review referencing “The Princess Bride” a second time, but both films share an honesty that’s all the more powerful because of their wry, character-driven humor.
Let’s call “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” what it is: a critical hit.
/Film Rating: 8.5 out of 10