While browsing the RPG Blogger Network today, I came across a post by The Escapist informing us of a possible new D&D movie in the works. While the first movie was a horrible mess, I enjoyed their second attempt, Wrath of the Dragon God. It felt like the people who made WotDG knew a bit more about D&D than those who just wanted to make a movie with the D&D name on it. In fact, if you watch the extras on the DVD, you see scenes with the actors reading the 3.5 PHB. Of course, this could have just been staged for the extras, but it’s a nice thought.
I do have to give the first movie a couple of good points. The special effects for the mass dragon fight were pretty good and I enjoyed a few bits of the acting. While he cannot hold a candle to John Rhys-Davies as Gimli in LotR, I still enjoyed Lee Arenberg’s role as Elwood Gutworthy, the equinophobic dwarf. Lee’s acting seemed a bit over-the-top, but it was still mindlessly entertaining. But I’m a bit of a fan of dwarves in D&D.
And then there’s Jeremy Irons. This man, in my opinion, is typically a good actor. Which makes me wonder if he just looked at the script, saw it for what it was, and decided to ham it up above and beyond the call of duty. His acting as Profion was so campy, I just can’t imagine him doing that with all seriousness.
However, despite my enjoyment of a few campy bits and dragon on dragon action, I can pretty much do without the rest of that movie.
But Wrath of the Dragon God was definitely s tep in the right direction. I do hope that if they make a number 3, we get to see the return of a few of the characters from WotDG. Especially Nim (played by Tim Stern). I really enjoyed the little bits of humor that he injected into the film. but, I suppose only time will tell.