Review Date: December 04, 2000
Director: Courtney Solomon
Writer: Topper Lilien, Carroll Cartwright
Producers: Courtney Solomon, Kia Jam, Thomas M. Hammell
The couple of things that really didn't work for me included Marlon Wayans, whose style of comedy seemed annoyingly out of place in this film, and Thora Birch, who after presenting us with a strong performance in AMERICAN BEAUTY (8/10), comes up surprisingly bad in this film. Hello! Was she even trying to act? A very, very poor man's imitation of Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala, and sadly, a bit of a hindrance to the flow of this film. A shame really.
But thankfully, neither she or the proscuito presented by Irons is around for much of the film, since both actors barely show up in about 15 minutes of the movie. Most of the time is spent without special effects, as the two thieves move from adventure to adventure in this underworld of magic potions, spells, strange looking beings, elves, dwarves, mazes and oh yeah, a few of them dungeons and dragons. Although you would be surprised at the lack of dragons in the entire movie (the first 5 minutes and its final 10). And even though I've always considered the Saturday Morning Cartoon "Dungeons and Dragons" a personal favorite of mine, I honestly cannot say anything about this film's faithfulness to its background material. Does it honestly matter? Not really, especially if you don't know anything about it anyway. But where was Uni, that darn cute unicorn?! (thassa joke, people...no emails, please). Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie to all kids who love fantasy movies, anyone with a proclivity to blue lipstick, lovers of cheesy material overacted by actors loving it, and to anyone who is honestly intrigued by this film's trailer. This movie is not going for any Oscars this year but it is definitely shooting for the top award in the "fun cheese" factory and certainly achieving most of that very goal. Then again, the last time I remarked the same about another movie, it was a certain film called BATTLEFIELD EARTH (7/10). And we all know how that turned out...doh!
BTW, am I nuts or am I the only one who wouldn't mind going a few rounds with that very sexy elf? Woohoo...sign me up for the sequel: Dungeons & Dragons 2: The Elf Strikes Back!