Knights of Badassdom (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Knights of Badassdom
This movie about Live Action Role Players (or LARPers) -- men and women who act out Dungeons and Dragons in real settings, in costumes -- is so haphazard it might have been thought up during a game of Mad Libs.
"Knights of Badassdom" actually delivers everything the 2011 Danny McBride-James Franco comedy "Your Highness" purported to be but fell short on.
A one-note joke and a whiff of a story that fails to offer a single reason - literal or metaphorical - why dressing up as a fictional character is enjoyable or rewarding.
... has a good time sending up its obsessive nerds and cosplay veterans gathered for a weekend championship of stage combat and mock-Shakespearean patter. Then it unleashes a succubus from hell on them.
Clumsily edited, the movie is very uneven in tone... but the spirited cast emerge from the jokey carnage with dignity, if not all their body parts, intact.
Audience Reviews for Knights of Badassdom
With some pretty decent laughs, but overall superficial roleplaying comedy. One just can't always be entirely sure if the movie is making fun of things or celebrating them. It's amazing how many genre heroes they got to play in this. The result works as comedy, not very much as horror film and would have been so much more fun with a few more pop culture references and less predictability.
This film had such marvelous potential to satirize and lampoon, but it really didn't measure up. There are funny moments in the film, but few of the jokes were particularly clever. The story is more silliness than satire, which is a mistake for this type of geek-targeted film. Special effects and makeup were moderate-to-low budget. As for acting, Zahn and Simpson were the only good performers. Kwanten seemed to be reprising his "True Blood" role as Jason Stackhouse with geeky friends. Dinklage is given no opportunity to showcase his abilities. (I would have loved to see Dinklage turn in an overly dramatic, high fantasy performance in the style of "Game of Thrones", playing a truly dedicated fantasy geek on a damn-the-world holiday. Alas! The Fates decreed otherwise -- Dinklange's character was nondescript and could have been played by almost any Joe Schmoe.) Overall, the film was a bit funny but its potential was sorely unfulfilled.
I was rather disappointed, It felt a little too overused in its themes and did not have enough fun with its material, even thow the cast looked like they had a great time