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Based on the 80s game this movie is a disappointment. In all of fantasy literature, there are really only about three basic plots, and Dungeons & Dragons has picked the least promising of them: the quest. This means that for the entire running length of the movie, we accompany a bunch of poorly developed characters as they run from place-to-place in search of the one powerful magic item that will save the kingdom and defeat the evil wizard. Of course, since this is Dungeons & Dragons, a lot of the wandering around takes place in poorly-lit tunnels inhabited by unsavory creatures. And the climax, where most of the special effects budget was expended, features an impressive aerial battle between two races of dragon. Only the climax is worth anything and for that we must endure the tedious journey. The set design, while not approaching that of Conan the Barbarian, is also a plus. Watch it for the special effects and set design only.
Trading places came around the time both Eddie Murphy and John Landis were at the top of their game. The plot is a take on that famous Mark Twain Story The Prince and the Pauper, which has seen many incarnations from Disney to The Simpsons. But none have been as cruel (and funny) and John Landis' Trading Places, which proves just how funny Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy used to be. Trading Places is crammed full of hilarious scenes, great dialogue, and funny cameos. Who cannot resist Eddie Murphy's foreign exchange student disguise or Ackroyd's Lionel Josef. Even the gorilla in the train is a brilliant character. For those of you who love dark, cruel comedies Trading Places is utterly essential. It may be very 80s, but it never gets old. It's a must see and must have movie. The 80s made the most amazing action movies and the most amazing comedy movies and Trading Places is a proof of this fact! Keep such films alive.