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I scanned through the topics but didn’t see anything about the D&D movie, hence, this thread.

I have never watched the 2000 big budget D&D movie with Jeremy Irons, but I have watched the Nostalgia Critic’s review more than once, and am now listening to the Red Letter Media commentary track (but I am not watching the movie).

Some of the observations made by the RLM guys about how the D&D movie shamelessly steals from Star Wars and Indiana Jones makes me wonder if the script writers were being “meta” with their story. Apparently, very little of the elements in the movie (magic, for instance) resembles any version of the rules, and yet shamelessly stealing from popular media is a staple in adventure design. Right? Isn’t that the express purpose of Appendix N? “Here are stories you can borrow from to make adventures.”

Except they didn't steal from sources like those in Appendix N.

You should watch it. It's a very bad movie, but Jeremy Irons chewing the scenery like a rabid barghest is entertaining. Or if you want a borderline acceptable D&D movie, try Wrath of the Dragon God. It's not what I'd call good, but it's miles ahead of the original movie.

I actually watched the WotDG, and thought it acceptable, if a little clunky.

I would like a D&D movie telling the story of the guy on the Mentzer Red Box cover.

Original D&D movie was awful, second one was alright for a Saturday afternoon movie.

Personally I have no hype remaining for Hollywood adaptations of works. This is doubly so for D&D, which is a brand that refers to a certain kind of collaborative storytelling experience. That type of experience isn't tied to a particular set of characters, setting, or themes. Ergo nothing about "D&D" as I care for it is actually replicable to movies.

The "D&D" brand when utilized in this way is just crass name-recognition value, like seeing a Marvel character on Jello packaging.


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