Knights of Badassdom DVD review 3/5 stars
You can’t be disappointed if you don’t expect much in the beginning. All I wanted from Knights of Badassdom was to be mindlessly entertained, and I was. This is the world of LARPing, (Live Action Role Playing), the next level for tabletop gamers, that combines cosplay and fantasy gaming in one interactive world. I was vaguely familiar with what LARPing was but even if you aren’t you can still enjoy the film, as Knights of Badassdom leads you through everything you need.
After being dumped by his girlfriend, Joe ( Ryan Kwanten) is dragged out of his misery by his friends Eric (Steve Zahn) and Hung (Peter Dinklage) to join them on their LARPing weekend, hosted by a nemesis from their tabletop gaming days Ronnie Kwok (Jimmi Simpson) who still holds a grudge and is keeping LARP regular Eric from levelling up his character. Determined to beat Ronnie, Eric buys an antique spellbook on eBay and accidentally summons a succubus from Hell that takes the form of Joe’s ex-girlfriend before slaughtering any LARPers she can find. With supporting roles played by Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity) and Dani Pudi (Community) the story came off pretty well. The special effects were pretty good and the film was pretty funny as it successfully managed to stand back and poke fun at itself without really mocking LARPers.
Bottom Line: This was never going to be a “great” film, but it was a fun one.