Dungeons and Dragons Movie – Nostalgia Critic

The Nostalgia Critic reviews 2000’s Dungeons and Dragons movie.

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  1. lol, whenever i see the bald guy with the blue lips all i can think of is something from friends, ichiban lipstick for men

  2. i like dougons and dragons its not that bad of a movie

  3. I’m happy to report that Zoe McLellan actually does have a career now (she’s in NCIS New Orleans as a regular). I guess the message is: If you can come back from this movie, you can come back from anything!

  4. I Agree that Jeremy Iron’s performance wasn’t the best; but remember Raul Julia in Street Fighter; or Robert De Niro in Stardust; or Al Pacino in (Seriously) Jack & Jill . . . every great actor have one of this movies in his career; and I don’t believe Jeremy Irons don’t pick “Good Movies”; he has bad choices (like Time Machine) but even in those movies; He give an excellent performance.

    • HermioneHotpants

      Yeah. I think Jeremy Irons is a very talented and entertaining actor. I thought he was pretty good in Time Machine. In Dungeons and Dragons his performance isn’t good but he’s still very entertaining because he’s so over the top.

  5. Snorgatch Pandalume

    Unlike Doug, I have played D&D, and it’s very clear that the writers of this movie had not. Most likely they just pasted the name onto a pre-existing script to give it a built-in audience.
    This movie fails to reflect the spirit and feeling of D&D at the most fundamental level. D&D is, first and foremost, a TEAM effort–a group of disparate individuals who come together to achieve a goal that none of them could accomplish alone. A good D&D party operates like a well-oiled machine, everyone doing their job. You have the fighters to provide muscle and serve as a shield for the squishier members; the mages to cast spells from a distance; the thieves to sneak around, circumvent traps, open locks, and stab enemies from behind; and the clerics to keep everyone healed. This movie has none of that. Ridley does EVERYTHING. Snails is utterly useless (as well as annoying and racist), the dwarf (who is never even named or identified as such to my knowledge), and the elf (who has to be played by a black girl so Snails can be romantically interested in her, because otherwise you’d have a black guy lusting over a white girl, and Hollywood just can’t handle interracial romance–IN A MOVIE WITH ORCS, DWARVES, ELVES, AND GOBLINS) never do a fucking thing, and the mage is only there to make magical portals to escape through when the plot requires it).
    Granted, Riff Raff’s maze was basically a test designed for a lone thief, but they had the perfect opportunity for the group to work together as a team when they attack the castle, and instead the elf chick says: “They must do this themselves.” WHY????? That is totally contrary to how D&D is supposed to work! Hardly anyone EVER does anything by themselves! So yeah, this movie sucks big time, and even Irons taking a four-course meal in scenery couldn’t save it for me. I hated it when it came out and I hate it now.

    • HermioneHotpants

      There are 2 sequels to this movie and although they aren’t great or epic movies either, they are quite a lot better than this piece of garbage. I especially liked Dungeons and Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness.

      If you want to see a movie where D&D is made fun of, watch Gamers: Dorkness Rising. It’s hilarious and still pretty good.

    • HermioneHotpants

      I myself have a lot of books from D&D 3rd Edition and 3.5 Edition but I have never actually played a game yet. I read those books a lot.
      I got very interested in D&D because of computer RPG’s like Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, Icewind Dale 1 and 2, Planescape Torment and Neverwinter Nights.

      My friends and I have played another tabletop RPG a few times called Savage Worlds but I would love to play a D&D game sometime but unfortunately I have never found any players online that are near to me. I live in the Netherlands by the way.

  6. Funny
    This is a good movie i like it
    Jeremy Irons is a fun villain
    Snails is a funny guy
    Your just jealous cause he tastes Smurfette all the time
    Very bad touch thought aren’t you Critic
    A lot more time has passed in the map
    Snails death is sad cause he is funny
    Are you even paying attention he is so clear with what he is saying
    I watched the movie and i liked it but i agree WTF is with the ending i still don’t get it

    • HermioneHotpants

      Anyone who likes Snails needs to be executed on the electric chair in my humble opinion.

      This movie is absolutely awful and doesn’t represent tabletop RPG’s very well. The characters in this movie are awful and annoying and there is no emphasis on teamwork (which is pretty much the point of most tabletop RPG’s).

      The only good things about this movie are Snails finally dying (and hopefully suffering a lot) and the villains who are so over the top it becomes somewhat funny.

  7. From the way Doug describes this movie in his summary, he views it the same way I view Highlander 2. That movie was so insane and made so little sense, that it is just truly enjoyable in how bad it is, which is something few movies achieve. Also, given scenes like the one in the link I’m posting below, I somewhat wonder if the writers of it weren’t aware of this as they were making it…..


    Of course, I understand that many people don’t like it simply because they were fans of the original for whatever reason. Hate me though you may, I personally found the first Highlander movie to be incredibly boring, and falling short of even my lowest expectations for a movie that people generally consider to be a “classic”. The only reason I ended up watching the second one was because I had found it incredibly cheap on VHS years ago, and bought it before having watched the original. Personally, I’d much rather watch Highlander 2 in all of its over the top badness, than Highlander in all of its bland storytelling and characters….

  8. “I thought this was called dungeons and dragons, not mazes and monsters.” You, sir, have clearly never played dnd. Also, I had to pause the video because of “Joan of LARP” lmao.

  9. That ending: Basically, with the adventure over, the players just take their character sheets and go home to drink Mountain Dew and eat Cheetos.

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