Humour among thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (12A, 137 mins)

Back in the dark ages, before personal computers, the internet, political correctness or even unleaded petrol, when RAM was a Paul McCartney album, nerds all over the world found a new type of game to compensate for not having a girlfriend.

It’s difficult to see where this film fits into the lineage of the fantasy adventure game apart from a few dragons and one dungeon, because, unlike players of the test of strategy, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

And it’s all the better for it.

Dungeons and Dragons is fun and above all, it’s very funny thanks mostly to earnest only walk in a straight line alpha male Rege-Jean Page (so that’s why he wasn’t available for the second series of Bridgerton. I assumed he must have got the Bond gig) and Hugh Grant, who goes full Paddington 2 as a caddish confidence trickster, although there are more than enough punchlines to go round.

Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez are a pair of thieves who escape from prison (sort of…) to be reunited with Pine’s daughter and obtain an artefact with the power to bring back Pine’s dead wife.

Recruiting a former colleague, incompetent magician Simon and his erstwhile love interest, the shapeshifting Doric, the adventurers set about their quest with all the skill of the Chuckle brothers.

That really is all you need to know because adding the meat to the bones of the story is a riotous collection of hilarious gags and set pieces including Rodriguez’s penchant for tiny men and an attempt to find a lost magic helmet with a spell that reanimates the dead to answer just five questions.

Along with the ferocious owlbear and a hither and thither stick (which are actual things from the game, apparently) this is a beginning to end laugh fest in the grand tradition of The Princess Bride with bits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail thrown in for good measure.

Also, look out for a surprising cameo appearance which will have you asking yourself: is it him? No it… Yes it is!

A brilliant feelgood ensemble piece in which all the performances compliment each other and the smiles will last long after you’re back at the car park.

RATING: 8/10

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Mick Ferris

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