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D&D Movie/TV D&D Movie: Action Packed, Funny as Hell

According to Justice Smith, one of the stars of the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie, the film is "action-packed, thrilling, funny as hell".

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In a conversation with Collider, Smith said:

[Goldstein and Daley are] incredible. They’re so funny and they have such clear vision. I loved Game Night. That movie is so good and so funny. And it’s such a clear, specific story. It doesn’t try and be anything that it’s not. I think they approached this the same way. I can’t spoil too much but it’s action-packed, thrilling, funny as hell… it’s all of the things and yet it has a clear idea. That specificity is key in storytelling and John and Jonathan do that so well, being like, "This is the story we’re telling but they’re making it enjoyable the entire time." This is me not trying to spoil the movie in any regards. I’ve given away no details.


The movie, which also stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Hugh Grant, and Sophia Lillis, is scheduled for March 3rd, 2023.


 

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Kaodi

Adventurer
Actually a musical honourable mention: Ordinarily I do not think I would rewatch the scene from Endgame where Captain America lifts Mjolnir. But I do occasionally rewatch a remixed version: the one where the scene is played to You Got The Touch.
 

payn

Legend
Actually a musical honourable mention: Ordinarily I do not think I would rewatch the scene from Endgame where Captain America lifts Mjolnir. But I do occasionally rewatch a remixed version: the one where the scene is played to You Got The Touch.
Oddly, You Got the Touch works in everything.
 

aco175

Legend
I would be entertained with something like Knight's Tale with a decent story and a good humor parts.

Good fight scene songs;

Spice Girls- Tell me what you want, what you really, really want...
 


On a related note I really hope they have put together a good soundtrack. Wait, what was that? mumbling offscreen It was a Led Zeppelin song? Whoops. Music is really important though but we do not talk about it much because it is a lot harder for us, the viewers, to imagine the right music than the depicted action. Like, Holding Out For A Hero was an inspired choice for the Masters of the Universe: Revelation trailer. When they say they are taking notes from GotG hopefully that extends to its use of music because it could make a big difference.

Edit: I was at the bank in person a couple of weeks ago and Holding Out For A Hero was playing while I was waiting in line. I do not think it was a coincidence that it has made a comeback outside of the TV show.
It was also prominently used in one of the Shrek movies not long ago, which is massive exposure. It's definitely had a significant cinematic life.
 



Whilst it can be effective, I think the prominent use of familiar music in the soundtrack is getting a bit tired. And in GotG and Knight's Tale it was supported by the narrative.

Lord of the Rings used a conventional fantasy soundtrack - but a very good one.
In a D&D movie, assuming there is any reference to the players/GM as characters in the film, then using pop music doesn't have to be jarring and anachronistic.

The film would have characters who, presumably listen to and are influenced by pop music. And assuming there is a fantasy world, that world would be created by someone subject to those influences.

Narrative support for pop music use in a D&D movie should be a slam dunk.
 

In a D&D movie, assuming there is any reference to the players/GM as characters in the film, then using pop music doesn't have to be jarring and anachronistic.

The film would have characters who, presumably listen to and are influenced by pop music. And assuming there is a fantasy world, that world would be created by someone subject to those influences.

Narrative support for pop music use in a D&D movie should be a slam dunk.
From what I'm seeing, there is no portal/framing involving players in the real world. All the characters are just characters from the Forgotten Realms.
 

From what I'm seeing, there is no portal/framing involving players in the real world. All the characters are just characters from the Forgotten Realms.
Guess we'll see how that plays out. Doing a D&D movie as a straight ahead fantasy movie would seem to ignore the parts of D&D that make it what it is (which I suppose could be for better or worse from a film POV).
 

Yeah, there are multiple different ways it can be approached, and we don't know exactly how they've tackled it, because AFAIK none of us have access to a screenplay or script. (It would be neat if one were out there, leaked; some scripts might easily have circulated as part of casting).

I do think that making a D&D movie as just a fantasy movie with D&D monsters set in a published D&D setting runs the risk of simply being a "just another" fantasy movie. Or worse, because those elements weren't designed for use in a movie, but for writing and play, so there may be a bit more of a hurdle in translating them to film. It's a bit of a wasted opportunity even if they do make it just a decent or even good fantasy movie, because it's still not really representing D&D as much as it is some IP associated with D&D.
 
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Undrave

Hero
Hopefully they didnt rely too much on the funny part. Humor sprinkled in here and there is good but if this is an action packed comedy that has me a little apprehensive. "Funny as hell" is relative depending on who you ask, so we'll see.

Cautiously optimistic. Goldstein and Daley can write a good ensemble flick, but they are usually screw ball comedies. Im not saying I need a D&D movie to be utterly serious, I just don't want another Your Highness.

Remember that time they tried to add humor to a D&D movie and cast Marlon Wayans?
Pepperidge Farm remembers.

And I don't want a grim dark super serious D&D movie because that's not really what playing D&D ends up being. Everybody wants to do a serious intrigue-filled campaign but the next thing you know, someone makes a Monty Python reference and Boblin the Goblin shows up.

What I'm looking for, more than anything, is a movie where the CHARACTERS take the situations seriously. I basically want everyone to be Leslie Nielson where they say stupid jokes with the serious and gravitas of a shakespearean actor. I want it to be to Lord of the Ring what "Airplane!" was to that one airplane crash movie. Or like Batman 66. I think that's the kind of tone that would fit D&D. No goofy sidekick who screams at everything, no wink wink at the audience, no juvenile scatological humour... just some wit and earnest characters.
 


payn

Legend
And I don't want a grim dark super serious D&D movie because that's not really what playing D&D ends up being. Everybody wants to do a serious intrigue-filled campaign but the next thing you know, someone makes a Monty Python reference and Boblin the Goblin shows up.

What I'm looking for, more than anything, is a movie where the CHARACTERS take the situations seriously. I basically want everyone to be Leslie Nielson where they say stupid jokes with the serious and gravitas of a shakespearean actor. I want it to be to Lord of the Ring what "Airplane!" was to that one airplane crash movie. Or like Batman 66. I think that's the kind of tone that would fit D&D. No goofy sidekick who screams at everything, no wink wink at the audience, no juvenile scatological humour... just some wit and earnest characters.
While this might be interesting, I could see it being quite off putting to many folks.
 


Undrave

Hero
While this might be interesting, I could see it being quite off putting to many folks.
Off putting because they want a SERIOUS BUSINESS movie or off putting because they don't get it?

I guess that kind of humour may not play well in China...
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Off putting because they want a SERIOUS BUSINESS movie or off putting because they don't get it?

I guess that kind of humour may not play well in China...
Because I want a fantasy movie, not a movie like some game tables. Unless I missed something in your post.....a tv show about a gaming table and their characters? Great idea. A movie meant to launch a franchise? Awful idea. IMO, of course.
 

Undrave

Hero
Because I want a fantasy movie, not a movie like some game tables. Unless I missed something in your post.....a tv show about a gaming table and their characters? Great idea. A movie meant to launch a franchise? Awful idea. IMO, of course.
Huh? I never mentioned a gaming table?

I said that the experience of D&D at gaming tables usually start serious but will always end up with humour slipping in with stupid in-jokes and NPCs with dumb improvised names.

I want a movie reflecting a world like that, but where everything the characters of the movie do is treated as serious business and no one reacts to the silliness of Boblin the Goblin.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Huh? I never mentioned a gaming table?

I said that the experience of D&D at gaming tables usually start serious but will always end up with humour slipping in with stupid in-jokes and NPCs with dumb improvised names.

I want a movie reflecting a world like that, but where everything the characters of the movie do is treated as serious business and no one reacts to the silliness of Boblin the Goblin.
I hope they don't do that.....like I said, I may not have fully understood your first post. Now I do. Not interested, but I can see where others might be.
 

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