Dungeons & Dragons Those schooled in the arcana of the phenomenally successful 28 year old fantasy role playing game can best rule on whether first time director Courtney… Dungeons & Dragons Those schooled in the arcana of the phenomenally successful 28 year old fantasy role playing game can best rule on whether first time director Courtney… 2000-12-08 PG-13 PT105M Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy Thora Birch Jeremy Irons Lee Arenberg Zoe McLellan Richard O'Brien Bruce Payne Marlon Wayans Justin Whalin Kristen Wilson Silver Pictures Station X Sweetpea Entertainment New Line Cinema
Movie Review

Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Dungeons & Dragons | DIGITAL DIS ''D&D'''s digital bad guys are overshadowed by Irons' posturing
Image credit: Dungeons and Dragons: Francis Delia
DIGITAL DIS ''D&D'''s digital bad guys are overshadowed by Irons' posturing
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Dec 08, 2000; Rated: PG-13; Length: 105 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Thora Birch and Jeremy Irons; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Those schooled in the arcana of the phenomenally successful 28 year old fantasy role playing game can best rule on whether first time director Courtney Solomon's live action adaptation is a faithful depiction of Dungeons & Dragons' obsessive world of Mages, commoners, elves, dwarfs, and winged things. But even a babe in dungeonland (lost, perhaps, on the way to ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'') can see that the leading fire breather in this malty brew of heroics and minutiae isn't a computer generated creature (which displays the crude, comfy gawkiness of old Japanese movie monsters), but Jeremy Irons as the archvillain Profion.

Irons howls, he whispers, he rages, he struts around in Larry Olivier's ''Hamlet'' eyeliner, luxuriously bellowing immortal lines like ''You! Are! Mine! Now!'' and generally giving good value. As his henchman, Damodar, Bruce Payne runs a close second, terrorizing callow hero thief Ridley (Justin Whalin), Ridley's Mage sweetie, Marina (Zoe McLellan), and his cheeky fellow commoner Snails (Marlon Wayans). Watch for an imitation ''Star Wars'' bar scene and an authentic ex- ''Doctor Who,'' Tom Baker, as a wise elf.

Originally posted Dec 22, 2000 Published in issue #576 Jan 05, 2001 Order article reprints
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