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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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MarkB

Legend
My view of Merry is coloured by the fact that, when I first read the novels at a young age, I assumed it was a girl's name and read Merry as being female throughout all three books, despite all pronouns to the contrary.

Between that and Merry doing all the organisation of the move from Bag End to Crickhollow, I had this enduring image of Merry as the 'team Mom' that subsequent reads never entirely managed to overwrite in my head.
 

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ART!

Hero
But The Hobbit - ugh! I knew when announced it that going to 3 movies meant it was going to be packed with filler. It was awful. I can handle the LotR trilogy and rewatch it. I really won't sit through The Hobbit trilogy again. I'd rather watch Meet the Feebles.
They were already well into production on a 2-film adaptation of The Hobbit when Warner decided they wanted 3 films instead. Once I heard that news, I knew the movies were going to have significant problems.
 

I still think the movies are phenomenal, but stuff like this gets on my nerves more and more. Humor is fine. Humor that flies in the face of lore and the text itself is another thing entirely.

Yeah, absolutely. It's when he starts butchering the lore just to get in another "short" joke that I really get annoyed.

Steering back to the D&D movie, I found the following bit of information interesting:

Several Scenes Were Changed Due To Current Events

In an intriguing development, Dungeons & Dragons (2023) might prove to be a more intimate movie due to COVID-19 restrictions. As John Francis Daley explained it, the movie was in the early stages of pre-production when lockdowns went into effect. During their time at home, the writers penned another draft of their screenplay that accounted for the lack of people that they could safely secure on their sets. In their original script, there were plans to include several extras and large crowds. But as Daley recounts, those sequences were recontextualized and reimagined, which might result in a different film than the one that Daley and Jonathan Goldstein originally had in mind.

I could be reading into things, but perhaps there's going to be some Realms-wide threat that caused people to disappear. And perhaps I'm really out on a limb now (and in serious danger of it snapping beneath the weight of my speculations), but perhaps it's something like the Death Curse amplified for the screen...maybe Cumberbatch is voicing Acererak?
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I still think the movies are phenomenal, but stuff like this gets on my nerves more and more. Humor is fine. Humor that flies in the face of lore and the text itself is another thing entirely.



Steering back to the D&D movie, I found the following bit of information interesting:

Several Scenes Were Changed Due To Current Events

In an intriguing development, Dungeons & Dragons (2023) might prove to be a more intimate movie due to COVID-19 restrictions. As John Francis Daley explained it, the movie was in the early stages of pre-production when lockdowns went into effect. During their time at home, the writers penned another draft of their screenplay that accounted for the lack of people that they could safely secure on their sets. In their original script, there were plans to include several extras and large crowds. But as Daley recounts, those sequences were recontextualized and reimagined, which might result in a different film than the one that Daley and Jonathan Goldstein originally had in mind.

I could be reading into things, but perhaps there's going to be some Realms-wide threat that caused people to disappear. And perhaps I'm really out on a limb now (and in serious danger of it snapping beneath the weight of my speculations), but perhaps it's something like the Death Curse amplified for the screen...maybe Cumberbatch is voicing Acererak?
I read that a bit more straightforwardly as more Dungeon crawling?
 


payn

Hero
I still think the movies are phenomenal, but stuff like this gets on my nerves more and more. Humor is fine. Humor that flies in the face of lore and the text itself is another thing entirely.



Steering back to the D&D movie, I found the following bit of information interesting:

Several Scenes Were Changed Due To Current Events

In an intriguing development, Dungeons & Dragons (2023) might prove to be a more intimate movie due to COVID-19 restrictions. As John Francis Daley explained it, the movie was in the early stages of pre-production when lockdowns went into effect. During their time at home, the writers penned another draft of their screenplay that accounted for the lack of people that they could safely secure on their sets. In their original script, there were plans to include several extras and large crowds. But as Daley recounts, those sequences were recontextualized and reimagined, which might result in a different film than the one that Daley and Jonathan Goldstein originally had in mind.

I could be reading into things, but perhaps there's going to be some Realms-wide threat that caused people to disappear. And perhaps I'm really out on a limb now (and in serious danger of it snapping beneath the weight of my speculations), but perhaps it's something like the Death Curse amplified for the screen...maybe Cumberbatch is voicing Acererak?
Im guessing they are talking about something more mundane like scenes with crowded streets to make it feel like a city. Maybe some type of fair or event in the city was part of the storyboard and that had to be axed. Which of course, caused certain parts of the plot to be shifted slightly.
 

Yeah, I would assume it's much more boring than my speculation would indicate.

It's been interesting, seeing how shows and movies shot during the pandemic had to change. The Walking Dead, as awful as this final season has been so far, has some really clear examples of how storytelling and filming have been altered by the pandemic.

Im guessing they are talking about something more mundane like scenes with crowded streets to make it feel like a city. Maybe some type of fair or event in the city was part of the storyboard and that had to be axed. Which of course, caused certain parts of the plot to be shifted slightly.
 


Im guessing they are talking about something more mundane like scenes with crowded streets to make it feel like a city. Maybe some type of fair or event in the city was part of the storyboard and that had to be axed. Which of course, caused certain parts of the plot to be shifted slightly.
Some of the shots of Alnwick looked like a fair/tourney. Maybe it was originally due to be shot inside rather than outside?
 


Alnwick looks much less "medieval" on the inside, but then D&D mixes eras pretty liberally, so...?
True, the castle has been lived in continuously, and hence has been regularly updated. It mostly looks "Victorian" on the inside. I suspect the Wells locations where used for interiors. I'm not familiar with the Irish castle. But if they where filming an indoor feast they would have used a different location, such as one of the Oxford Colleges.
 

Kaodi

Adventurer
There are two scenes that I rewatch quite often for the feels and they are the scene that begins with Hela with her hands around the throat of a defeated Thor and ends a banging AC/DC battle montage; and the "Will you follow me one last time?" scene. Those two movies are drastically different but they both manage to capture something real feeling at a critical moment. I can only hope that the D&D movie manages something in that vein too regardless of how much humour is otherwise in the film.
 

Kaodi

Adventurer
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.
 

ART!

Hero
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.
I will go on record as not wanting this, but won't be surprised if they do this and will have to just deal with it. I just don't care for pop music in my pseudo-medieval fantasy.
 







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