Another Dungeons and Dragons movie?

Warning: This post contains mild spoilers, read at your own peril.

One of the perks of living in the Greater Atlanta area is that we are slowly becoming the Hollywood of the South, but an even bigger one is that there are always free movie screenings going on. Many times you do not even need to be a note-worthy individual or member of the press to attend. I got an e-mail sometime last week letting me know that I could have two passes to attend the premiere at a theater in Chamblee, GA, and quickly accepted.

I have never played Dungeons & Dragons myself as my parents did not understand it and assumed like many conservative Christians that it was some weird devil worship thing and refused to allow it in their house. In reality, it’s a game that is very dependent on your imagination and some pretty amazing lore has been developed from D&D over the years. As a lover of stories, I have read fanfiction and even gotten into the show “Vox Machina” on Amazon Prime Video (based on the campaigns of Critical Role on YouTube). So between that, and knowing a friend who is heavily into D&D, it seemed like a no-brainer to go.

I would say that if you are even remotely into fantasy, comedy, and discovering the character traits of specific classes like barbarians and mages… you just might enjoy this film as much as I did. I was not sure of what to expect going in, I generally hope for the best and prepare for the worst by default. As such, I went in with a clear mind despite someone close to me saying that they were refusing to watch it because they feel Hollywood is pushing an “agenda” right now. When I asked for clarification, they said that the writer of the film had stated they did not want the men to be strong and had therefore emasculated them. *Insert hard eyeroll*

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Ninja Turtles For A New Generation!

I recall shuddering in disbelief the first time I saw the preview for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Njnja Turtles film, but on opening day as the devoted fan that I’m am who watched the cartoons faithfully on Saturday mornings and had seen all the previous movies… I decided to go see it and bring my dad along with me.

I was a little reluctant because it is a Michael Bay film, and because of the way the characters seem to be completely transformed. Anytime someone tries to revamp something from your childhood it’s a bit of a tough pill to swallow. You wonder if you’ll love it or hate it… and to my surprise I rather liked it. 

Many people joke that the newly re-designed turtles look like Shrek which is quite laughable because when you look at older renderings of their characters… they kind of already did! But I can certainly understand the complaints. Leonardo with the bones over his chests, and Donatello with coke bottle glasses… I don’t remember any of that as a child. Oh and don’t get me started on the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil, she is definitely not a red head.

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