Release Date: December 28, 1982
I really wanted to like this movie. I knew it had bad ratings on IMDB and Letterboxd, but it has Tom Hanks and is about Dungeons and Dragons, it has to be decent, right? I also wanted it to be good to spite the anti-D&D people from 35 years ago. I should say that being a heavy metal and Dungeons and Dragons fan in the bible belt in the 70s and 80s was a tough time so I have a special dislike for people like the lady who wrote this book. Despite really wanting to like it, I just couldn’t.
It is hard to pin down exactly why. Okay, I’m lying. It was the story, direction, acting, set pieces, acting, and story again. This was bad. Tom Hanks was okay for about half of it,, but this was early on in his dramatic career and he wasn’t the Tom Hanks we think of today. The blonde and the kid were awful. And oh God the script was stupid. First off what was up with the kid’s mother. That part made no sense and should have been cut out. The schizophrenia, or whatever that was supposed to be, was poorly written and obviously had no consultation with any doctor. Also, there seemed to be jumps in time, but it was hard to follow and it seemed like they expected you to get it by saying something in passing in a throwaway sentence.
The movie was a cash grab trying to follow on the heels of the media frenzy of telling parents how bad fantasy games were and it failed on nearly every level.