Dungeons & Dragons (2000) (part 2 of 10)
Before I go any further I should say this: Marlon Wayans shot his scenes for the movie in the space of weeks, during a break in filming for Darren Aronofsky’s intense drug tragedy Requiem for a Dream, which ended up getting released that same year. His performance there is really good, so he has actually contributed something of worth to society. Bear that in mind while reading this; he’s going to use up that goodwill pretty quickly, believe you me.
Ridley thinks the fires are the result of a twisted magic experiment gone wrong, not because he’s seen the first scene but because he blames the mages for everything. After all, he says, “When’s the last time you saw a river catch on fire?” Clearly he’s not from Cleveland.
Why, in general, is Ridley stewing for payback against the mages? Well, in the film proper, we never actually find out. A cut scene later will explain everything, but director Solomon’s overly optimistic commentary hints that they’re saving some of his back-story for a sequel. Thankfully, it didn’t work out that way.