Review Fix 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: ‘Dungeon Master’ Review

The Strong Brothers’ newest short, “Dungeon Master,” is a fun little flick that ultimately suffers from an ending that leaves you wanting more.

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.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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