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I don't understand why all the bad press has been coming out about Eragon. Sure, I normally take the Hollywood critics with a grain of salt, but with all the poor reviews coming out, my sodium intake is way too high!
Given, Eragon is not high art. It won't make any great contribution to the discipline of film theory, but it is a solid sword and sorcery offering. I enjoyed it tremendously.
I think many people (or at the very least, a lot of young guys of my generation) will get a kick out of the premise: a seemingly insignificant young man finds a dragon egg that will launch him into a greater world of magic, wonder, and the fight against evil. And, really, who hasn't daydreamed about dragons as a child. Or if you're a nerd like me, I can rephrase the question: "Who doesn't daydream about dragons on a regular basis."
But seriously, this is a great film for the whole family. There is a small amount of what they call "fantasy violence" (which means only the bad non-human critters get killed on-screen), but nothing to the extent of, say, Braveheart. The themes are pretty simple, and everything conflict in the film is presented in convenient black and white dualisms, so you don't have to explain any morally ambiguous actions to the kids.
It's not a smart film, but adults will still enjoy the light humor, the fairly standard adventure story that you need not pay constant attention to, and the uplifting fantasy aspects (it didn't make me sob, like after Gandalf bit it in the Mines of Moria, anyway).
Most amazing of all is that a teenager wrote the book this was based on. True, he's no Fritz Lieber or Terry Pratchett, but I have to give credit to the kid - I know what I was up to when I was a teenager, and it certainly wasn't writing novels!
So, once again, I think the critics are off base. Maybe they need to relax and have a little fun with their movies, rather than overanalyzing them.
Eragon grows to find out what life is all about.He discovers the battle between good and evil and has to choose. He also has to learn to trust after his uncle and family are killed by the evil king's men. It is coming of age story of a young boy he developes into a man by the help of Saphira who has chosen him above all to be her dragon rider. Eargon discovers how to love and care both for his princess and for his dragon. Eragon discovers his powers as he helps to heal his Shapira when she falls helping him. Although this film has violence it is well told as was the Lord of the Rings. Graphics are excellant and believable. It is a great family movie for children 11 and older. It is entertaining for adults as well. All around good movie. Highly recommend. There could be a sequel as the this is a trilogy. The next book is called Eldest and the evil king is working misery again. As an adult if you are a fan of Sci Fi and dragon lore you will not be dissappointed. Your children will be filled with the wonder of the possiblity of really finding a place in this world and being important in their own right. Enjoy!
Part King Arthur, part Lord Of The Rings, part Dragonheart; complete fun! Another fantasitical adventure that will entertain any that enjoys this genre of film. For me it was a must buy after seeing it, because one viewing just wasn't enough. Fun, fantasy, and a dark tale all rolled into one. The scenery is spectacular and the story invigorating. It left me wanting more and highly anticipating a sequel. Enjoyed Jeremy Irons' portrayal of Eragon's mentor very much, as well as John Malkovich's role as the evil king. The rest of the cast are vitual unknowns to me (outside of Djimon Hounsou of "Gladiator" and "Amistad" fame), but the film made it easy for them to bring their characters to life in a most enjoyable manner. Will be totally disappointing if they don't make a sequel as they left you hanging in the end and making it so the story is unfinished, but they did it in a good way.
Treat yourself and others with this movie, you won't regret it and neither will they. The cinematography and special effects are top notch. Well Done!!
The story is well written about a boy (Eragon) who finds a dragon egg and eventually becomes a rider of a dragon. Now that he has a dragon he can take on the evil king and his minons. Here is where the story crosses over almost directly mimicing "Star Wars". Enter the beautiful princess and wise mentor Jeremy Irons. As the movie gathers steam more characters join the small force to over throw the King and restore the Kingdom. If you liked Star Wars it will be an enjoyable journey.
On the Dvd check out the scean when the dragon is hatching from the egg pause it and you can see a light bulb behind the egg on the left side.
I'm probably the oldest guy to like Avril Lavigne's music (her early stuff), but heard of this movie thru her song "Keep Holding On", which, unfortunately plays at the end during the credits. Nonetheless, the story line is simple and plausible for the movie version. I have not read the book, but according to Wikipedia things progress differently towards the end than in the movie (so what's new?), because there are actually two more books in this trilogy, of which this is the first.
It was just a great feel-good movie where the bad guys really get their due (and John Malkovich plays the evil king, which he acts so well). The lack of a British accent w/him is the only thing askew w/his character. Everyone is cast well and I especially think Jeremy Irons was well cast for his role as Eragon's dragon riding tutor and mentor. Other critics/reviewers make the point that the effects are akin to Star Wars, but I liked the Star Wars series, so it didn't bother me any. People will find a lot of faults with the movie, but I just like finding a movie that's not so evil and that is light and entertaining. (Another favorite is "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore, if that tells you my tastes). Saphira's flight scenes are the most fun; great CG effects.
This is one I'd really like to see made into a sequel; the author has written the book. However, this didn't do well at the box office, so we're probably out of luck for Eragon Part II.
Fun fact (learned from the Wikipedia reference); the name Eragon is simply "Dragon" that starts with an "E" instead of "D"!