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Eragon (movie)

The 2006 fantasy film based on the novel of the same name.

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Oh, lord, what an awful movie

  • Oct 29, 2007
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This movie features one incredible character! He's unbelievably sexy, intelligent, quick-witted, fast on his feet, more than able to swing a sword or shoot an arrow. He's everything you would want in a movie hero!

His name is Murtagh, and sadly he's basically just a low-level sidekick.

The actual "hero" of this movie is named Eragon. He's a pathetic little creature. Arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, annoying, oblivious and generally just awful.

"Eragon" the movie is an almost perfect translation of Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) the book. It very excellent captures the pointless characters, the ripped-off plot, the badly-done setting and clunky dialogue. To those things is adds mediocre acting, lousy directing and even worse dialogue.

On agonybooth.com there's a write up of this movie. It points out certain things that seem obvious, but escaped the filmmaker's attention (like why is Eragon hunting in the middle of the night? Why does this "poor farm boy", live on what is, by mideval standards, a small estate? Why does he keep his bow strung and hung on a wall? Why does his cousin wear blue jeans? This, mind, is in the first ten minutes). The film also leaves one wondering why the Evil Bad Guy (tm), keeps his throne room so darkly lit. Surely there's tons of people who wanna stab him. Logically, shouldn't he keep his space bright and cheerful in order to keep from being snuck up on? (and no, I'm not sure of the grammar there, either)

Given the source materiel, I don't know if it was possible at any point for this to be made into a decent movie. None of the actors are bad. Some of them are quite good, just horrible in their roles. I know it would've been helpful had the elven character had pointy ears and had the dwarf character not been the same height as everyone else.

Basically, this is a movie that makes Dungeons & Dragons (New Line Platinum Series) look intelligent and complex. It's the kind of movie that gives fantasy films a bad name. Had this film been made before the Lord of the Rings movies, it would have merely been stupid. Now it's just insulting to fans of fantasy and movies in general.

The final black mark against this movie? I HATED the book. Just check my review of it. I'd still rather read the book again than watch this movie. That's how bad it is.


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Quick Tip by . August 29, 2011
Don't waste your time. Fortunately, I'd read the book before seeing the movie, so I am not turned off of the series.
review by . July 13, 2010
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Eragon: A textbook example of wasted potential.
Dragons can be a bit of a downer for movies. It seems that many films Dragons are involved in end up turning out badly. It is worrying, then, that Eragon may be the worst Dragon-fuelled multiplexer yet. The book by Christopher Paolini was, in my opinion, quite an enjoyable and well written piece of literature. The film, on the other hand, is uninspired, dull, and far-fetched.   Here's a quick summary of the plot (don't worry, no major plot spoilers). Eragon is a young farm boy …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
god awful movie based loosely on an excillent book. the acting is dreadful and it dosent follow the book hardly at all. not worth the watch dont waste your time
review by . February 20, 2010
Who do they think they are?
  Warning, may contain spoilers, but if you've seen Star Wars it's okay you'll see them coming anyway.       The are no words to describe the anger, the unadulterated fury, the blinding rage, that I felt while I watched this sorry excuse for a film. Literally every shot in here is copied and pasted from one movie or another, whether it be Dragonheart - Collector's Edition or Braveheart or their two favorite sources The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Platinum …
review by . November 17, 2008
They took a long and detailed book   And cut out all the frills   This movie's just a summary   Of Alagaësia's ills     It doesn't build the characters   There's too much plot left out   You just don't get the feel of what   The book is all about     A boy, an egg, his destiny   To fly on dragon's wings   It tries too hard to be a clone   Of THE Lord of the Rings      …
review by . October 29, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Eragon is based on the novel by the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The film is about a young teen farmer who lives in a land controlled by an evil king named Galbatorix (John Malkovich). The story goes that there was a time when men and dragons fought together and Galbatorix betrayed his people and killed all the dragons and most of their riders. Now an unborn dragon named Saphira falls into the hands of young Eragon. The two are destined for each other to take out Galbatorix. So this …
review by . May 17, 2007
This movie is based on the first book of a three-series trilogy inspired by the LOTR movies. I have not read any of the books, and will only comment on the movie as a stand-alone piece of work. The strongest impression I had of this movie is the amatuerish feel of everything, including the dialogue, acting, action scenes, story line, and soundtrack.     First, the dialogue was simple and boring, full of short sentences and seemed to be ripoffs from other movies. For example, …
review by . April 19, 2007
Reading over a few of the reviews of this film I noticed one major difference between those who enjoyed the movie and those who, well, hated it. Folks who read the book this film is based on generally seemed to regard this film as an atrocity. Those people who didn't read the book (such as myself) either really enjoyed the movie or thought it was a mediocre film at best. I happened to really enjoy the film. It isn't the greatest fantasy flick to ever grace the silver screen but, then again, most …
review by . March 26, 2007
ERAGON is not without its flaws - a weak and corny script, shoddy editing, Swiss cheese story line - but it is also not without some charm. Unfortunately it is in competition with the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, etc etc that seem to flow endlessly out of Hollywood and the foreign markets.    The story of a young lad finding a 'jewel' that turns out to be the egg from which a dragon hatches, offering the chance to reestablish dragon flying and the defeat of an evil …
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