Dungeons & Dragons: Final trailer combines fantasy spectacle and humor to the hilt

A final trailer for the upcoming fantasy spectacle “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” has been released, once again bringing out all the guns.

Some people only know “Dungeons & Dragons” in connection with the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things” and therefore believe it to be the equivalent of Dejarik from the “Star Wars” universe or Quidditch from “Harry Potter”. Yet “Dungeons & Dragons,” released in 1974, is the mother of all role-playing games, if you will.

While that’s forgivable to a certain extent, it’s sacrilegious for anyone to associate “Dungeons & Dragons” only with the ill-fated, albeit well-intentioned, film adaptation of 2000. We don’t even want to talk about the two DTV sequels. For the vast world of the pen & paper role-playing game is so much more than just bad computer effects and labored, but unintentionally funny dialogues. The final trailer for the new film adaptation “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” proves just how much more:

“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” will be a fantasy fireworks display full of humor

In “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” by the directing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Game Night”), the story revolves around an illustrious troupe of thieves consisting of a bard (Chris Pine), a paladin (Regé-Jean Page), a barbarian (Michelle Rodriguez), a mage (Justice Smith) and a druid (Sophia Lillis). But then they help the wrong person (Daisy Head) steal a valuable item. And in the process, they unleash the “greatest evil the world has ever seen.” Now it’s up to them to set things right. Sounds like something straight out of a campaign with friends.

Fans of the original will not only recognize certain mythical creatures like different colored dragons (of course!), mimics, deceptive beasts and owl bears, but also places like Waterdeep, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter and Underdark. And for those unfamiliar with the world of D&D, the film has plenty of action, fantasy and humor – a lot of humor. According to lead actor Chris Pine, the movie is supposed to be a mix of “Game of Thrones” and “The Knights of the Coconut.” Definitely an interesting comparison. He also feels a certain Spielbergian energy about it:

“There is a – I guess I would call it – kind of Spielbergian energy. It’s the movies I grew up with in the eighties. It just feels open, light and upbeat… I like that kind of filmmaking. It makes for a pleasant energy on set because you’re not trying to fix all the problems of the world, the deep sadness or whatever.”

A little bit of “The Princess Bride” is also said to have been thrown in. You don’t know this cult film? Then quickly catch up via Amazon. We also think that vibes from “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Lord of the Rings” can be felt here. If you can think of any more movies, let us know.

In addition to the stars already mentioned, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Chloe Coleman, Sophia Eleni and Alexis Rodney are also in the cast. The wild genre mix will be released in US cinemas on March 31, 2023.