Assemblage of the Crystal Sphere: A D&D Story, The (DVD Review)10 May, 2009 By: John Latchem
Prebook 5/12/09; Street 6/9/09
Stars Frank Lewis, Michael Coelho, Robert Collins, Jessica Brunelle, Matthew Moniz.
Welcome to nerd central. Billed as a “Dungeon and Dragons” story, Assemblage of the Crystal Sphere is not a fantasy adventure of vast kingdoms. Rather, it is a mockumentary about five people who are playing Dungeons and Dragons.
They are on a five-year campaign to destroy an evil dragon and recover the Crystal Sphere. Now, the players are nearing their last session and preparing to roll the dice for one last epic battle (“It’s like David vs. Goliath, or The Spartans vs. The Persians, or Luke vs. Vader!”). The movie tells its story primarily through interviews, as the players reflect on how they joined this group and embarked on this storyline, then gets their reactions in the aftermath of the finale of the game.
Part tribute, part parody, it’s basically a long comedy sketch about the clichés of role-playing games and the people who play them.
At first glance, the film plays like a home video of a real game, then turns into a 90-minute pop-culture joke. There are some funny sequences and concepts, and the esoteric references make this a perfect treat for the “Family Guy” crowd.
The DVD includes some inconsequential deleted footage, a few outtakes of the actors flubbing their lines, the film’s trailer, and a fun and informative commentary with writer-director-producer Brad Rego and the cast.