Dungeons & Dragons Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Okay, okay… I’ve never played the game, and any time someone has tried to explain it to me, I came away wondering if they’d been exposed to a brainwashing device.
Maybe you need some indoctrination to really appreciate this movie, because without it, Dungeons & Dragons is merely a confusing story about idealistic Princess Savina (Thora Birch) who thinks Mages (people capable of magic) should have the same rights as commoners. On the other side, evil Profion (Jeremy Irons) has dark designs to rule the land of Izmer by making Savina and her abracadabra associates disappear.
Somewhere in this mess Marina (Zoe McLellan), a Mage apprentice, comes to Savina with a magical map. Enlisting the help of a large dwarf named Elwood (Lee Arenberg), an elf named Norda (Kristen Wilson) who dresses in the stereotypical medieval metal bra complete with torpedo breasts, and two common thieves—Ridley (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans), this rag-tag team hope to navigate their way to a magical scepter with power to control the dragons of Izner, and charbroil Profion’s plans. Their pursuit is plagued by obstacles, thanks to Profion’s minions and head thug Damodar (Bruce Payne). But when characters started falling into the magic map, I knew I was lost in the woods.
The look of this movie is as mixed up as the plot. Scenes either take place on the 100th floor of a huge spiraling tower in a massive city (like something out of Star Wars), or in a medieval village and it’s surrounding countryside. Were they trying to capture a timeless feeling? Meanwhile, the actors spout lines that are so melodramatic that at one point I thought Jeremy Irons was going to break into laughter and declare the whole thing a spoof.
Yet I suspect even those with an extensive knowledge of the actual role-playing game may accuse this movie of using a popular name to sell an otherwise lame story. Full of sensational fantasy violence including a fairly graphic death and other human to human conflict, this movie does deliver dungeons and it certainly did drag-on.Starring Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne. Running time: 107 minutes. Theatrical release December 8, 2000. Updated May 4, 2009
Dungeons & Dragons Parents' Guide
Dungeons & Dragons is based on a role-playing board game that had scores of dedicated players in the early 1970’s and is the foundation for many modern role-playing video games today. Why is it ironic that a game known for its interactivity would be made into a movie?
A company called TSR INC originally owned the game of Dungeons and Dragons. In 1997, it was purchased by another company called Wizards of the Coast, holders of the Pokemon trading card game, a hugely successful product thanks to co-branding done with Nintendo and their Game Boy version of Pokemon. In September 1999 Hasbro, a huge toy and game company, bought Wizards of the Coast. What types of products do you think will result from Hasbro’s ownership of Dungeons and Dragons? Will having a movie titled Dungeons & Dragons renew an interest in the DnD game?