11 Dec 2000 timg   » (Journeyer)

D&D movie spoilers ahead!

Well, I saw the D&D movie today. I liked it, but I didn't come in with very high expectations. The story was extremely generic. Bad guy wants to take over world, outcast kiddy meets somewhat powerful girl, fall in love, beat bad guy. Cheeky sidekick gets smacked around and makes lots of wisecracks.

Ignoring the weak story, the movie was a lot of fun to look at, and had relatively few groan moments. Just two small cliches that I recall offhand. Well, cliched lines. The whole story is a cliche, with the exception of the dragon battle and the queen lady.

Story: Poor to fair. Sort of a cross between Star Wars and Indiana Jones, with less original plot.

Looks: Excellent. Lots of lush fields, big dragons, magic spells (the lighting/fire stuff was especially cool.), castles, dungeons. I just wish the thieve's guild maze sequence was longer.

Characters: Blah...Standard fare. Two young robbers meet young mage girl, save world. The three can beat down a squadron of the evil head mage troops. Mage girl can kick the young robber's butts in the beginning with no trouble, but is helpless against a few soldiers. Empress Savina was pretty pointless...I don't know why she even existed. The bad guys were pretty cool, acting-wise. No crappy trade federation ambassadors here. (puke)

Loose ends: Why didn't Damodar turn on Profion after he was let off the curse? The scene in Marina's cell seemed to indicate that he would. False foreshadowing, or something.

Last notes: Go see it if you're a fan of the genre. Don't expect a cool story.

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