Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves lands strong first reviews

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is fast becoming the second recent adaptation of a major gaming property to earn rave reviews.

The Last of Us TV series received plaudits aplenty for its adaptation of the video game and now the new movie based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game is earning the same level of appreciation.

Honour Among Thieves follows Chris Pine as a thief who embarks on a quest along with several adventurers in order to retrieve a lost relic. However, things head south when they encounter the wrong people in the dangerous world.

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The movie has an 84% score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing and critics have, so far, enjoyed the film.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety called the film "irresistible," writing: "It’s at once cheesy and charming, synthetic and spectacular, cosily derivative and rambunctiously inventive, a processed piece of junk-culture joy that, by the end, may bring a tear to your eye."

Lovia Gyarkye of The Hollywood Reporter called the film a "buoyant adaptation" and a "jovial adventure", even for RPG novices.

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"This version of Dungeons & Dragons not only checks the boxes of a satisfying studio blockbuster; it arrives at a cultural moment that embraces — even fiends for — the epic fantasy adventure," wrote Gyarkye.

Meanwhile, Marisa Maribel of Indie Wire gave the film an glowing review, saying: "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves conjures its own type of movie magic that proudly stands apart from other fantasy films. The heartfelt story, enchanting characters, dazzling visual effects, and fun-filled nature will allow the film to be a treasured classic," wrote Maribel.

"An adaptation of this calibre could be considered a roll of the dice to some, but Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has already proved itself to be an ironclad winner."

Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis and Hugh Grant co-star while Game Night helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein co-direct and co-wrote the script (along with writer Michael Gilio).

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is released in cinemas on March 31.

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