Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily, but with a run-time of only 12 minutes, you may end up feeling unsatisfied.
For those of you that spent your Friday nights with an order of fried chicken, dozens of funky looking dice and some wacky friends, “Dungeon Master” will immediately resonate. Everything from the language to the experience of watching the film lends itself to the magical scenarios in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. At the same time, the weirdness and peculiarities the game provides, such as an environment for the weird and society-scorn to partake in make-believe adventures, is also prevalent.
That duality is essentially where the plot turns and happenings occur, taking the film from a campy and fun adventure to something a bit different. That change in the film is a short-lived experience and the exact time when those watching will want more. The few special effects seen, such as dead Orcs and one, very much alive, are pretty cool and well executed. The only problem is, once this transition takes place, you end up expecting so much and it’s not delivered.
The end result of it all however is one that proves that the Strong brothers can definitely handle a work significantly longer than this. This film ends up as a big tease, but one you won’t forget.
For that aspect alone, it would be safe to say that it is a success.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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