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What the hit comedy feature Role Models did for live-action role-playing game enthusiasts, The Dungeon Masters does for devoted table-top game players. Dungeons & Dragons is no mere game to Richard, Scott and Elizabeth, the people profiled in this engrossing documentary. Against a backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, these three adults have devoted themselves to the storied game. But their baroque fantasies are at odds with their mundane real lives, and they find it increasingly difficult to gain satisfaction from the imaginary triumphs provided by Dungeons & Dragons. Along the way, director Keven McAlester reveals his subjects' actual heroism: summoning the courage to face life's hardships head on. The Dungeon Masters reimagines the themes of classic heroic cinema, creating a moving picture of large struggles and small victories.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Keven McAlester
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : August 3, 2010
- Actors : Aaron Beal, Emanuel Brooks
- Producers : Alicia Loving, Brian Gerber, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Kel Symons, Matt Manfredi
- Studio : FilmBuff
- ASIN : B003NLE5HW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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NOT a good movie for, or about, being a Dungeon Master.
After watching the movie, it's unclear what the take-away message was for the public, because all it does is cherry-pick a few tabletop role-playing gamers and show how their lives are sad. What exactly does that prove? Nothing. And since the movie wasn't even entertaining, that makes it essentially worthless.
It seems this film did trigger a lot of gamers though because the people in it were a little strange. Alot of gamers are strange but they all seemed like good people.
Was fun, give it a try.
Really not so much a documentary about D&D as a poignantly sad look at the lives and histories of three DMs chosen by the director.
I felt this was intermittently entertaining, but my enjoyment of it soured not a little after doing a bit of research about it on the Net. Apparently the three principals feel the director/editor deliberately misled them, as it was reportedly his stated intention to interview them to make DMs seem normal and everyday. That's how he got them to open up and share so much of their private lives.
Instead of which he selected and edited the footage in the least flattering way, to create the impression that these 3 people have deep psychological problems.
Which I'm not convinced they do, or at least not more than ordinary people do.
I feel myself obligated to echo what other reviewers have written: I know a lot of people who play D&D and not one of them approaches being this weird. In fact, they are quite boring, and any movie made about their lives would be snoresville. I think the filmmakers went to GenCon on purpose, cynically, choosing those from the crowd who seemed the most bizarre and loserly. I don't feel these three people are representative of DMs generally, not by a long shot.
BTW, Scott Corum: if you're listening, publish your book on Amazon! I for one would buy it and read it. Plus I would have loved your cable access show!
There are moments in this movie that are so cringy they’re unwatchable.