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I watched (most of) the Dungeons and Dragons sequel on Scifi. I… 
8th-Oct-2005 11:37 pm
ezranel
I watched (most of) the Dungeons and Dragons sequel on Scifi. I gotta say, it was muhc better than the original, though that doesn't say a whole lot. The budget was lower, the special effects were subpar, but it seemed like the writers had certainly opened a D&D book in the making of the film. The opening credits were full of actual illustrations from the Monster Manual, and they kept dropping names like Kuo-Toa and Obad-Hai. The acting was far better than the original D&D, though not really oscar quality, and the black dracolich or whatever it was, had the distinctive Todd Lockwood black dragon features. Not a big release, not great, but damnit it's a damn sight better than what we got fed last time.
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9th-Oct-2005 03:41 am (UTC)
I loved it. It was leaps and bounds better than the original(though that's easy to do). The special effects weren't that bad. We don't really know what a teleport spell looks like in real life. Atleast, I don't. I laughed out loud at some of the typical DnD-isms. For instance when the king says something about "gathering a group of the worlds best champions". Or when the fighter-guy says "Single file" as they descend into the dungeon.

so yah, loved it. Awesome. Waaaay better than the first.

oh and the Black Dragon-lich thing is Falazure(a dragon deity of undeath, blah blah blah) from the Draconomicon.
9th-Oct-2005 03:48 am (UTC)
It's the little details that made this'n shine and that were just missing so broadly from the original. Theyre not hard to add in, just get a name right now and again.
9th-Oct-2005 04:25 am (UTC)
This movie was excellent. The actors were great. Agreed, the writers seemed to actually pay attention of the concept of DnD. Some things like the wizard actually "prepared" only 2 transportation spells and the barbarian's rage were played out perfectly. I was glad that even the infamous Drow was mentioned. As for the Dragon special fx, for the budget they were working with, it was done nicely. I hope that Scifi productions pull out an "Forgotten Realms" movie.
9th-Oct-2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
They just need Viggo Mortensen as Drizzt Do'Urden.
9th-Oct-2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Sure, why not. It would be cool to make the Dark Elf Trilogy into a movie. I would like to see the Fall of House Do'Urden myself.
10th-Oct-2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
Cripin Glover gets my vote as Drizzt.
9th-Oct-2005 04:40 am (UTC)
When was this on? I missed it, damn!

FR, forget that ;-), if this is that good, I'd rather see a Greyhawk one :)
9th-Oct-2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I thought that the first half was rather entertaining, but the second half was a really big let down. It almost seemed like the writers/ directors/ actors suddenly lost their focus and said "Aw Crap, you mean we still have to make the second half of the movie?". The second half was very rushed. If they spent a little more development time on the second half and climax, it would have been a much better movie (like perhaps a REAL fight scene between baldy-dude Damerion and the Knight/Barbarian characters).
9th-Oct-2005 09:02 am (UTC)
Were they actually allowed to mention clerics in this one? It can't be D&D if you don't have a cleric, even if only back at base to provide potions and stuff.

Any idea if we're likely to get it over in Europe?
9th-Oct-2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Well, a major plot point was divine magic and they talked about healers in the temple of Obad-Hai, and they mentioned that certain spellcasters prayed to use divine magic, but I don't think I ever heard the word "cleric". It seemed a lot of Use Magical Device checks were going on.
9th-Oct-2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the guy who had 3 lines and then was eaten by a dragon supposed to be a cleric? You know, the throw-away party member?
9th-Oct-2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
They did use the word cleric, especially when they had Dorian in their party.

On a separate note, there was the hilarious commercial that talked about the rules of the game and Rule #2 was "Keep your cleric alive."
9th-Oct-2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I loved the commercials, those were Basement-elf style fantastic.
9th-Oct-2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
While I think it may have been better than the last film (I actually watched it all the way through), it was still a pretty crappy movie. I mean judging it as a movie, against other movies. Though for a Sci-fi original, it wasn't too shabby (say, compared to that really really bad movie that they had on before it. The one with the atrocious wigs).

It did managed to catch some of the flavor of a D&D game, but it seemed like a badly run D&D game. It captured all the aspects of a bad session: no story, no character, pointless encounters... like it missed all the "role-playing" part of a RPG.

So yeah, still waiting for a movie that does D&D justice.
10th-Oct-2005 04:44 am (UTC)
It's called The Fellowship of the Ring. Seriously though, it's hard to please all of the fanboys all of the time, and it seems that the LOTR trilogy will be the closest thing to a good "D&D" movie that we'll ever get.
10th-Oct-2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Exacttly. I want a D&D movie that's LotR quality.
10th-Oct-2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
I was really impressed with it. It was no LotR, but few movies are. It's obvious that the writers did their homework this time, with the references to Obad-Hai, and three 1st ed. references I caught: Shrine of the Kuo-toa (though they referred to it as the Shrine of Kuo-toa, as if k-t was a dude), Expedition to the Barrier Peaks and the Ghost Tower of Inverness.

I think they learned their lesson with the first one.
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