D&D Movie/TV Watch This Honor Among Thieves Clip (With a Cameo from the D&D Cartoon Adventurers!)

Paramount has shared a clip of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The 3-minute scene features the heroes navigating an arena maze, a displacer beast, a mimic, a gelatinous cube, the D&D cartoon characters, and Hugh Grant's villainous Forge Fitzwilliam.

Paramount has shared a clip of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The 3-minute scene features the heroes navigating an arena maze, a displacer beast, a mimic, a gelatinous cube, the D&D cartoon characters, and Hugh Grant's villainous Forge Fitzwilliam.

 

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Well this looks like a very cool sequence for moviegoers... but I suspect the arena audience is pretty bored by watching people disappear into a maze for several minutes.
 

Well this looks like a very cool sequence for moviegoers... but I suspect the arena audience is pretty bored by watching people disappear into a maze for several minutes.
Only those in the lower levels. Those in the higher levels would have good views down and in.

And that's assuming there isn't some sort of magic that either allows them to see through the walls, or follow the action from above or inside the maze.
 


Only those in the lower levels. Those in the higher levels would have good views down and in.

And that's assuming there isn't some sort of magic that either allows them to see through the walls, or follow the action from above or inside the maze.
While they do cheat it to make that look like the case at about the 1:49 mark when it goes out to the crowd, by making the walls only about twice as high as the passages (and walls) are wide, and only giving us the displacer beast for scale (a creature we have only a loose sense of the scale of), in all the inside the maze scenes the walls are like 10 foot high and the passages are comparatively narrower.. Note how rarely you can see the crowd from any shot in the maze. Unless they have magic jumbotron video I don't think the crowd can see much at all, even from very high seats.

But then again in the actual middle ages the main event of a medieval tournament was a mock battle taking place over several miles where much of the action was out of sight of any assembled audience. A society without video entertainment is more accustomed to not actually being able to see things. It just seems extraordinary that someone would build a whole magic rising floor arena just to make it harder for people to see the bloodsport they were presenting.

And for the record I think it's a pretty cool looking sequence. I just think it's funny that the filmmakers prioritized the dramatic visuals of very high walls over the actual function of the thing they were presenting. 6 or 7 foot spiked walls and somewhat wider passages would keep the participants equally contained while letting the audience see much more of what was happening.
 


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