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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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I hope so, but I would not describe most of Marvel as “funny as hell”* - mostly, ”An action movie with lighthearted moments”

* except Guardians, which I would describe as “Irritating, but funny as hell”
I mean, I find myself laughing consistently through most of them. Thor: Ragnorak and Guardians of the Galaxy are particularly great examples, and Guardians is the movie that the D&D film producers have referenced as a touchstone over the years.
 

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Zarithar

Adventurer
I remember reading early on they were going for a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. I'd be fine with that if they do it right. Guardians had the right mix of comedy and a more serious tone when needed. Too bad James Gunn wasn't available!
 

pming

Hero
I had a buddy clear the room one time, that thing had some hang time, it was like a poltergeist, it still stunk 20 minutes later.
Yup. Every group has a Zoltan. :)

(my friend, Zoltan...yes, that's his real name... is infamous for his flatulence [specific diabetes drugs he has to take and it...uh...'doesnt' agree with him']! It's impressive, to say the least! I think he's cleared the room multiple times, and brought tears to the eyes of all of us at the table; usually at least once every session or two).

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Yes if used sparringly. The quote "funny as hell" makes me think that theres alot of it.
While it can be used sparingly it need not be. Marvel has plenty of examples of it not used sparingly and still turning out a great movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is an overt example but there's plenty of them. Heck looks at the most recent Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. They built up tension with action and then uses well-timed humor for the release. Lather, rinse, repeat.
 


Marlon Wayans was in the middle of filming Requiem for a Dream. I'm pretty sure he was one of the few people in the cast that knew this was a stinker and hammed it up on-purpose (see also Jeremy Irons).

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

In the immortal words of Profion, "GOOD, GOOD! I CAN USE EVERY OUNCE OF YOUR RAGE! YATATATATA!"

I dunno, Jeremy Irons’ scene-chewing was pretty great.
 

Ixal

Adventurer
Sounds like they copied the Marvel formula.

Also, as it has already been mentioned, the actors describing their own movies is rather worthless. They might even have it in their contract to praise it no matter what.
 

Galandris

Foggy Bottom Campaign Setting Fan
While I think the market isn't there for a parody, I'd love to have characters totally unable to remember any single NPC name. "we must tell Grink ! Whom? Our King ! Err no it's the bartender, I think you're mistaking him with Prince Lisweldin... Close enough, that guy."
 

Yup. Every group has a Zoltan. :)

(my friend, Zoltan...yes, that's his real name... is infamous for his flatulence [specific diabetes drugs he has to take and it...uh...'doesnt' agree with him']! It's impressive, to say the least! I think he's cleared the room multiple times, and brought tears to the eyes of all of us at the table; usually at least once every session or two).

^_^

Paul L. Ming
Talking about failing your save vs "Stinking Cloud"!!
 


Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
The commercial success of a good number of the Marvel movies would show that comedy and action co-existing is a well developed and well received style.
Thats because Superhero is a genre of mythology and treating myth with respectful irreverance has a long long tradition as entertainment - which is why we also see regular Hercules/Robin Hood/King Arthur movies alongside the newer ’legends’.
If the D&D movie was to riff off the 80/90s Fantasy movies (Dragonheart/Willow) it might be able to pull off a clever parody but I wouldnt get my hopes up.

If this project could capture the essence (and humour) of Dragonheart or Willow I’d be happy
 
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Greg K

Hero
If this project could capture the essence (and humour) of Dragonheart or Willow I’d be happy
I hope not Dragonheart. Despite a good premise, Dennis Quaid, and the casting of Connery for the voice of Draco, that movie was terrible. My friends and I were disappointed that we spent money to watch it. Even the writers, Pogue and Johnson, criticized what the director and producer did to the story they had created.
In the words of Johnson, "Frankly, I think Dennis Quaid saved the movie, as much as it could have been saved", and he did not think Quaid was right for the role.
 
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Khelon Testudo

Cleric of Stronmaus
The latest Jumanji movies show a game movie with a strong meta-game element can definitely work, and if they include the meta-game element, I hope they look to this as inspiration. Also kickass action/comedy movies, so it can work, and I think the majority of viewers liked the action, comedy, and drama elements. I think the drama is an essential ingredient, though: you need to care about the characters, in whatever guise they are.
 

grimslade

Doddering Old Git
The writers can write. Game Night is a good movie. I worry when actors stress how funny a movie is. Either they are covering up for the rest of the movie sucking, or they perceive that the movie subject is too strange for audiences. Given that Smith was in Detective Pikachu, I am not sure he thinks any subject could be too strange. Maybe the project was pitched as a serious fantasy epic and he wound up like Dave Bautista after the first read-through of Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista thought Draxx was a complete moron and was regretting signing on to the project. It wasn't until he heard how funny Draxx being literal was in the read-through that he got it.
 

Ogre Mage

Adventurer
Awesome! I am excited to see this when it comes out!

As someone who was a child during the 1980s satanic panic, I never thought I'd see the day so many major stars were attached to a D&D movie. Of course, that was all before Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.
 


volanin

Explorer
Has anyone seen this movie, know where to find it, "the Dungeon Master"? I cant find it anywhere. Think it was available on iTunes briefly but it seems to have disappeared.


It's on Vimeo:
 


GreyLord

Hero
Well...I'm a LITTLE worried.

I hope it's not like half the ideas in this thread with characters dying and an identical one reappearing, or characters just disappearing without any information on why and reappearing or anything like that.

Might make for a nice gag movie, but it sounds terrible in practice.

I hope the makers of Game Night realize the KEY audience of this movie (D&D 5e is particularly popular among teenagers) and realize an R-rating or PG-18 (or even a PG-15 perhaps) MIGHT JUST NOT be the target they want to hit, and instead target a lower rating in accordance with the prime audience of D&D today.

Sure, some of this might sound great for older folks, but I can't imagine a film that takes into consideration some of the ideas of this thread for humor and has a PG-18/R rating doing all that well (I could be mistaken, it could be 363 Million US box office hit like Dead pool, though who knows).
 


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