Posted at 3:56 PM on December 15, 2006
by Euan Kerr
"Eragon" is a curate's egg of a movie. It's also a few yolks short of an omlet.
The film adaptation of Christopher Paolini's dragon-rider novel was much anticipated in many circles. The story of Eragon, a young man who discovers he's fated to ride a dragon and become the leader of a rebellion against a vicious tyrant, was a best seller. The book was the first in a trilogy and it's clear the film makers hope to spin a couple of sequels too.
The good parts are the performances by the old hands: Jeremy Irons as the dissolute villager who knows a suspiciously large amount about dragons; John Malkovich as the dragon rider who betrayed and butchered his comrades to become king; and Robert Carlyle as the vicious warlock who leads the kings forces against the rebels.
Irons brings gravitas to the tale. Malkovich is only on the screen a few times, (he's obviously being kept for "Eragon II" and/or "III,") but he dominates the action every time he appears. Carlyle, who still evokes shudders at the thought of his role of the psychotic Begbie in "Trainspotting" has a great time just being plain evil.
The dragon is pretty cool too, especially when it is little.
But it's not enough.
Time was some special effects, a couple of good actors and a little bit of magic would make for a fine flick. I mean, look at all those Ray Harryhausen epics. But that was before that Harry Potter and Frodo blew onto the scene. Peter Jackson's LOTR films set the bar so high it's hard for those who follow to make the jump, no matter how good the dragon.
All the way through Eragon meets people who are surprised that he is the one fated to try to save their world. He says he knows they somehow expected more.
So do audience members, and they're left wanting.
I am 58 years old and have been watching movies all the way back when the aforementioned Ray Harryhausen's movies were new. I saw them all and more. I enjoyed "Eragon". It was a bit of fresh air and not the over the top druged LOTR stuff which I found boring half way through. Frodo was not the personality I enjoyed. And Harry Potter can ride his broom into the clouds forever for all I care. His character is very thin indeed. If you like the books stay with them. I'm hoping there are sequels to Eragon. Courage, bravery, honor and oh yes a bit of foolery makes for good entertainment.
Just came back from watching Eragon, true enough, it's far below LOTR.
Wondering what happened if Peter Jackson is the one who make this Eragon.....
Eragon 2 will find a hard time to catch up....
Even though we are hardcore LOTR and Harry Potter fans, we really enjoyed Eragon. We eagerly await the second one.
i think i got my hopes too high and i expected something.. i dano.... better... compared to my vivid imagination a 2 hour-ish movie just doesn't cut a 2 day long book (well... thats how long it took me to read it) .... it had many mistakes and got the time line mucked up but i'm glad they made it :)
I spent hours for months in chat rooms discussing how good it'll be and what was in it and all the gossip circling it.. at school i had discussions with other fans of the book about when it might come out... in other words i was almost obsessed with this movie and book... when i found 'Eldest' (the sequel) i grabbed the book and ran around yelling at the top of my voice in the book store "oh my god!! i found i can't believe it yay!" to say that i got more than a few strange looks would be an understatement... more like the whole store went quiet and looked at me. even some people outside poked their heads in to see what all the noise was about... lol
i've read both books so many times my copy's are all dog eared and dirty lol :) their so big i use them as a paper weight's for my homework lol
i think if you haven't read the book and filled in the gaps in the plot you'll be very confused.. my sister was and all the way home i was explaining what happened and why
i loved the movie eargon and i can't wait for eargon 2 to come out i loved how the movie ended and didn't leave you wondering to much about what will happen next like some sequals have known to do.i would recommend everyone that i speak to to see the movie.
I'm a fan of harry potter and LOTR....Eragon was cool. I just finished watching Eragon and I went away thinking what a good movie. It made me feel different than LOTR or Harry did. You can relate to the movie very easily.....I'll tell you why. It's a bond between two things. The way you love an animal or the way you love your significant other. LOTR and Harry have their place in the movie and no one said that Eragon had to be like either one of them.
People shouldn't sit there and compare the 3 movies together because they all are different. Just enjoy or hate the movies and don't try to make a bond between them all and you will enjoy movies more.
I think the point of the review was to say that the special effects were not up to par with the standard set by Peter Jackson's films.
But - I disagree. Special effects should not make or break a film. Especially when there is a great story. I have not read the books, but I still enjoyed the story. Even if I am missing some pieces as some of you point out.
I believe that there is much more to be revealed and we are just getting started. This film was more about developing the bond between the rider and his dragon. Which to me was achieved - the sense of compassion you get when watching is something that most movies do not do well.
The new Star Wars movies had stunning special effects, but I was left feeling nothing at the conclusion. LOTR achieved this on a much smaller scale for me. I got tired of Frodo, Sam and Gollum bickering and lost the compassion for Frodo and his plight. The only thing I could say when Gollum and the ring hit the lava was "finally!"
My point is, look a little deeper than the visuals. We have become so hung up on them that we miss the real story. Take Dragonslayer for instance. Not the best special effects, but there is a good story there. Dragonheart was also a great fim. I will just be happy to see the dragon in Eragon make it to a sequel!
What happened to the days when the movie was revered for the acting and not the effects. Hopefully movies will not turn almost entirely to CGI in the future as we recently heard predicted. It will just become one more bit of technology devoid of human emotion. Crappy movies that have actors with a ton of heart and courage to do stunts and take a risk are far more interesting than those that rely so heavily on CGI.
Even though it is understandable as to why LOTR and HP use so much, it still drew quite a bit away from the acting.
It is quite obvious that Eragon was intended to incorporate as little CG as possible making it easy to watch and enjoy. CGI makes it hard to believe in the fairy tale because it makes actuallity an impossibility.
Hola niños yo soy argentino y les cuento q la trilogia d eragon es muy divertida y exitosa ya que yo la vi... bueno un saludo a todos...bye
Saw the movie for the second time now.... I really like the concept of the movie. I mean off all the "dragon movies" i FInd this one one of the best and felt most enjoyable for me. The only thing is that sometimes while im watchin i felt if they tried to put too much movie in a short time. i mean if ya think again its:
fight for an egg - young innocent boy - boy is chosen one - egg hatches - dragon grows - boy gets chaised en gets help en trained by friend - friend dies - end battle - boy is hero.
In my opinion they could have make the movie part 1 a bit longer..
But my conclusion: really enjoyed the movie, really a concept which I like and I can't wait for the next part!
just finished eragon on dvd. all i can say is i should've seen it in the theatre. YES, it is no LOTR and I won't even compare it to Harry Potter but it does stand on it's own. I am left wanting for more and would really like to see a sequel or two (i have the faintest about the books so pardon my ignorance).
it is short in comparison to LOTR but it is to the point. character evolution was a bit fast paced yet enlightening. i had no qualms about it. CG was ok, not eye-popping, just believeable. perhaps the claustrophobic feel of the movie left a lot of people needy for more. if there were more wide and dynamic shots then it can move towards the beginnings of epic-ish status.
overall i enjoyed the movie. i will definitely wait for more.
I saw this movie recently on DVD and i have to say i wasnt expecting much...but i did enjoy this movie quite a bit and have watched several times over i eagerly await the second movie
It may not be the best movie ever shot, but go and really look at the first Star Wars: the acting was not great, although the special effects were better than anything else out; however, the acting was almost laughable. Eragon has some room for improvement. I've rewatched parts of Eragon almost as many times as I've seen LOTR. I am looking forward to seeing it improve and develop in II and III. Let's face it, my inner-teenager heart still races when speaking of dragons, battle, epic tales, and, of course, magic. Eragon knows people expect more yet he has made it through his first battles. I think he will rise to the occasion once again
To the guy whose 58....stick to the books pal...lol...Your age doesn't make you the Credit of the Year. This movie is GREAT!...I'm a BIG LOTR and Harry Potter Fan and NO this isn't up to Par with them...but it's a Start and a great movie...EVERYTHING isn't going to be SUPERB. But this movie is Great. I do AWAIT part 2 as to why I'm here googleing for it, and saw you bias comments. Directors will ALWAYS change things to their likings from the book. So EXPECT it. As a Looooong time Marvel fan all the latest of Heroe stories have been changed from Spider man to X-men but hey as long as they are taking the time to create GREAT Animations and bring them to LIFE. It's Fine by me....
Good Movie, not as good as LoTR.
Good CG, but I bet it didnt break as many boundaries as LoTR. I dont think many films will.
Looking forewards to the sequel.
I cant stand this any longer, i have been reading reviews for this movie for about an hour now and it seems that most people are in some kind of dream state. Sure, this movie was rushed through the storyline, had an unknown cast as its main character and wasnt more than 2 hours long like we, who have read the book, all hoped but think of it like this...
When star wars first came out everyone was saying the same things, who the hell is this unknown person as the main character, why did they leave holes in the movie so obviously, why did i get the feeling that it was just hurried through the story one minute he's a farm boy the next a stand alone jedi wanna be taking down the empires ultimate weapon etc etc etc
Also, most people don't understand this but it's something like 80% of ALL movie goers won't and often don't like to sit through a movie that is more than 2 hours long. Granted LOTR was hugely longer than everything else that was being released at the time but it was an exception to all this having been an EXTREMELY popular series of books that tolkin also took far and beyond ie; creating whole languages outside the books themselves and trying to elaborate on every detail so much to pass it off as a "maybe it really did happen some where some how" kinda of story.
This book was written by a guy that was simply bored and had read and seen everything else also making it again obviously a target for redicule and in my opinion the movie came out just right considering all of this, they weren't going to spend the mega bucks on making a first time novelists story into a hugely, over the top, extra long, full A-list cast movie and i shouldnt even have to explain myself as to why.
I'm 100% sure that had all your tiny pieves about this movie been met ie; longer running time, better casting, more indepth background or whatever it is that eac of you thought it lacked, you still would have found things to cry about. I mean if i was a fiddley little knit picker too i could say that LOTR actually wasnt EXACTLY like the books, there was a million things different between them and the movies but I UNDERSTAND that in order to make an established book into a successful movie the must edit the story of finicky details that would cause the movie to be 4 hours long as they'd have to then spend more time explaining everything so you dont whinge about them not explaining that too.
So in short, if you liked it and thought to yourself that was a great movie and have faith in the fact that they ARE making sequels then i applaude you, you understand what movies are really about and are a true lover of them, to all those that thought it was just ok, most likely your just not a movie buff, were hyped into unrealistic expectations or you yourself have way to high expectations of everything and to the latter i say you should have read the books first and need to get a better understanding of how people make movies and why. Lastly to those who thought it was crap, well its obvious your not a fan of this genre of film and have no sense of what is good and bad in it and should, and most likely will, just keep to your prefered genre of story from now on.
Overall i gave this movie a 8/10, Very good, it left just enough room and gaps to leave you wanting on purpose to make you want to see the second part more.
I´m 13 years old and I have wached the film and read the books. The books are my favourite but the film wasn`t so good but it`s the second fave film. The first is "The pirates of the carribean." My numinous animal is dragon and her "rider" is my. My fave animal is dog. I love my dragon and i want to see her more. I really wait to read the third book.!!!...
My dragon is the best creature of all!!!!!!!
and I love her in my heart so deaply, that the sea will dry up...
I liked the movie a lot. I think that if Peter Jackson had done this movie it would have been better simply because of the grandure of his films.
The pace was a bit off and the acting could have had a bit more umph but all in all I really enjoyed it. I'm off to the bookstore now to grab me a copy!
i really liked this movie. it was nothing short of a six pack. i loved it, and to all those who didnt, get an imagination and stop being so cynical!!
eagerly awaiting eragon II :D
Well, Ive seen a lot of people saying this movie would have been better if Jackson did it; are you serious? He is not good at all. He drags movies on and on and on to the point you have to take an intermission and stretch and then you come back and you start watching the same thing but just in a big unneeded environment. Eragon was nice for the first in the series because it was short, it did huge environments with thousands and thousands of characters and the acting was descent.
I doubt the next one will have the same Eragon since that guy is now a construction worker and does not care to return to acting. But if Malkovich is in it more, and Weisz is the dragon it should be a good sequel. Plus if the same crew does it Im sure I will enjoy it.
One thing that amazed me about some reviews people stating that this movie is more believable that LOTR and HP. Although those movies are really far fetched, do people really believe in dragons and dragon riders? This movie was fantasy and should be reviewed as such.
All in all I enjoyed this movie and give it a 7.5 out of 10 for descent but not great acting, nice environment, and a good start to a series. It loses a couple pts because it pointed out too much that the rider was just a small man, and the plot was a little simple and fast.
Eragon was nice for the first in the series because it was short, it did *not* have huge environments with thousands and thousands of characters and the acting was descent.
sorry, nearly passing out while the first post was put up.
I have been a fan of Eragon since it first came out. And even though the movie was short, it was still Eragon and I enjoyed it anyway. I especially loved Saphira, they did an excellent job on her and that was the best part of the movie. If they screwed her up I would have flipped out and probably gone after the director. It wasnt epic like the book and there were many mistakes in the movie.
Arya for example is not sapposed to have red hair and bluish eyes. And during the scene at Gilead, there wasnt alot of sound effects when Murtagh was using his bow. I was expecting it to be like Legolas with the whistling arrows flying so fast you cant even see them. But instead it was a plain scene, the only good part was Saphira bursting through the roof.
Then there was Farthen Dur, which was cool but still disappointing. The battle was nowere near as large as the book. And why did they need to change the ending so much. The book ending was more dramatic and it left Eragon with a scar that leads on in the next book. They took all of that out in the movie, so now they need to skip like a third of the next book.
Maybe I'm just obbsesed but thats the way I feel. Eragon was enjoyable for most of us fans and we await the next one. Lets just hope they can fix the next movie with a better director. Maybe Peter Jackson will want the job.
Don't even ask what brought me here, looking for prospects of Eragon 2. (Okay, my mother liked it, she was curious about a sequel which they practically promise you with that final scene)
What I found interesting was the spectrum of fan base, pro and con. Several people even defended it with reference to Star Wars as being another unpolished film that went on to win a following. (BOY, HOWDY!)
What was most interesting was the comparison that was most conspicuous in it's absence. The reason that some of you loved it was for the story, so familiar and assuring. For the same reason, others were disappointed.
SPOILER ALERT!!! Read No Further or be forever changed, your perceptions skewed, your innocence lost!
Sorry kids, but this movie, charming and entertaining though it is, is STAR WARS! Which is why it's so charming and entertaining, without being riveting and unique.
Follow me here: Eragon IS Luke Skywalker, Princess Arya IS Princesss Leia, Jeremy Irons/Brom IS Obi Wan Kenobi, Murtagh IS Han Solo, John Malkovich IS the Emperor, Robert Carlyle/Durza is Darth Vader, and Saphira the dragon, morphs from the personification of the FORCE, which he must master, to (get this) Luke's X-wing fighter with R2D2 strapped inside!
("Stay on target, Red Five!" - "R2's been hit!") The invading army, (the Death Star) must be destroyed to protect the Varden's/Rebel's secret base on Beor Mtn/Dantooine. There are a few minor differences in events but the structure is nearly identical.
Maybe I'm a little jaded from being too close to the biz, but try looking deeper into the movie, behind the masks. Or try pulling back to see the FOREST of trees.
Polti enumerated the 36 dramatic situations in all of literature. Joseph Campbell wrote of the Hero's Journey, drawing attention to the mythic themes common to all humanity. (Which George Lucas followed heavily, and openly) The point being that there really is "nothing new under the sun", "the Greeks did it all". What's critical is how you weave the threads of characters and themes, and try to disguise it as something fresh and new.
Credit must be given to the only post that came close to this, a recent (May 11, 07) posting by a fellow named Spike. This is all the more bizarre an irony to me, as that's the same moniker I go by! I hope he doesn't live in L.A. or I'll have to hunt him down and kill him. Quickly and painlessly, as I bear him no malice, but I've born this name for nearly 20 years and I'm getting annoyed by all these Spike-ettes that keep popping up as the name becomes more popular, (and eventually cliche'). Ah, well, way of the world and all, I suppose. Fortunately I spell mine a little differently.
May the Farce be with you all.
I have read the books and saw the movie and I was so dissapointed, not because the special effects were'nt as good as LOTR, OR Harry Potter. But because the story was not as good as the books,....I know, I know the book is ALWAYS better, but this was horrible. The whole timeline was so botched up. Actually, everything that I loved about the book, all of the relationships that he had with his uncle, cousin, the townspeople, and the special time he had with the dragon, were just not in the movie. Stick with the book.
I think movie-goers are missing the point. Every movie should be a different experience. Why are people comparing Eragon to LOTR? LOTR didn't set the bar for Eragon. Eragon set the bar for Eragon and all of its sequels.
Eragon did its job perfectly as the first movie of possibly three. It introduced the main characters, gave a little but not enough background on them. It showed a hint of a romance between Eragon and that hot elf-looking chick that was half-dead the whole movie. Most importantly, as almost everyone has mentioned, it left the audience curious and dissatisfied with many unanswered questions. Now what's the only way for those questions to get answered?! GO SEE THE SEQUEL, very good!!
For the record, I didn't think LOTR was all that great. In FACT if you want to make a comparison... compare LOTR to Brokeback Mountain. Think about it.
Just email me when Eragon 2 comes out or not I;ve looked it up everywhere and theres no saying when or if its coming out.
Well...i guess Eragon was really good, u know w/ the effects an everything, but i think Lord of tha rings and Harry Potter will be on the top movies evar!!!!Q!!!1
I REALLY LIKED ERAGON AND REALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND MOVIE TO COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a very good movie and should not be compared to LOTR because it is not LOTR
Don’t compare Eragon to LOTR coz it will always come up short just watch it as if they had never excised and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
PS I THOUGHT IT ROCKED
any ideas on when eragon 2 should be released??
OMG Earagon rocked my socks!!!! Anywayz i loved the Eragon movie and seriously cannot wait till the next movie comes out. The one problem with Eragon was that it didn't follow the book at all i was a big fan of the books and i wish it would have followed them better cause when i watched the movie i was so confused but then i understood the move. Bold: TextThis was a great movie and i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLS MAKE ERAGON 2 THIS FILM MY BEST
I was watching the lord of the rings and Harry Potter and then my mom signed netflix and I saw Eragon. First I started thinking Eragon's name was Aragorn from lord of the rings. I liked Eragon's dragon alot. Once I saw Eragon I started wandering what it would really be like to fly a dragon. I also wandered if there would be a Eragon II and/or III. I do have to admit lord of the rings was better though.
OK... Why is it that whenever a movie comes out, it has to be up to par or even better than movies that take things way out of proportion. Eragon had a set budget of a few million dollars. As much as this sounds remember that LOTR was supplied with a 'limitless budget' (It's in the contract... they literally could put as much money into them as they saw fit... thus the amazing special effects and hiring of actors who all deserve Emmy's).
So now that everyone has to compare some of the best movies of all time with those that just had a solid plot (didn't read the book) but in the movie nothing really dragged or went to far off topic. Throughout the book they made numerous references to dragons and dragon riders. The mysterious blue object that hatches... a king who is supposed to have a dragon of his own and the rebellion hiding outside the empires boundaries.
So what happens... the little friendly dragon grows very quickly (which by legend holds true), they meet with what is supossed to be the last living dragon-less rider, meet up with the rebellion, has a preety good fight with a sorceror... WITH THE BEST CLIFFHANGER I HAVE EVER SEEN (those who watched the movie I feel will agree with me on that)
great movie cant wait to see the next one
what a great movie waiting the next movie
Ok, after i watched eragon end on Ariya leaving i almost died. One reason why i want eragon2 to be made is because i want to see more elves, i mean comon they are almost always the best made characters.
I downloaded Eragon because a friend of mine recommended it. I am not joking here when I say that I have watched it about 50 times already due to my 5 yr old daughter loving it so much.
I personally love the movie and looking forward to Eragon 2 whenever that may be. I have not read the book yet which is a good thing since my mind was more open when I watched it instead of comparing the two.
But let’s face it; everyone has their own opinions about the movie because we all have our own likes and dislikes. I also love LOR, Harry Potter, and Pirates but I don’t compare them to each other.
So until the sequel comes out I guess I will watch it another 100 times with my daughter. :)
I like eragon ok. Some people don't like it because they say the action is lame. Remeber people unlike lotr which has dramatic scenes on killing things. It does not take much to kill a real living thing. And also i like the inhieritence trilogy better than lotr because it is easier to read. Come on people lotr books sound like the king james version. Eragon is easier to read and it doesnt drag on like lotr. I just read both books last year and frankly Eragon is way better than lord of the rings.
Also in the movies Eragon is a more friendly person than frodo. All Frodo does is stand around looking like he is going to vomit come on i like eragon better.
I finally got round to watching this film on dvd, and I for one thought the film was great, I agree with the comment posted earlier about comparing this to LOTR or Harry Potter, theres no point, LOTR may have a similar style but there different in many ways. The dragon firstly was great, the special effects of the film to me really stood out, it feature a solid cast and i'm hoping they make a sequel they have to after the way they ended the first film.
hey I though this movies was really great. plus can you give me ANY feed back on the movie transformers ?? love to here it ???
I liked the movie eragon and cant wait for the sequel
Hey, admited i havnt read the book but i just saw the movie and all i could think was WOW!!
Great movie in my eyes and yeah im young, yeah i still dream about dragons and magic so yeah! Of course im going to like the movie.
Now onto the serious stuff all you 'Film fanatics' compairing this to LOTR and HP how can you?How dare you?
This movie and book are completely on their own to the other movies, yes, when lotr and hp came out i saw them and loved each and every one.
BUT and its a big BUT, After the movie had ended i was ruthless and full of energy wanting more, not because the movie was bad, or could of had more, CG could of been better, blah blah blah... But because i was gagging to see the sequal.
I came on here looking for the release date on when Eragon 2 comes out and still nothing. If ANYONE can give me any info on when it is being released please contact me at Ultramarines_stuart@hotmail.com
Movie was great, would change absolutly nothing from it, just cant wait for the sequal.
Dragons and magic will live forever, if not in reality, then in my heart.
Stuart Clark age 15.
I really liked this movie, who cares if it didn't match the book perfectly! My whole family loved it! We and a bunch of others hope to see a sequel!!!!!!
OK Daughters and I are waiting for Eragon 2...when ??
Ok, I have a question i really need to know.
Is there going to be an Eragon 2 released on film?
let me know A.S.A.P thanks.
I really need to know.Is there going to be an Eragon 2 released on film?
Hey I'm 16... I really love Eragon and I'm really hopping they make anoter film. I've read both books many times, I'm acctualy reading them again right now. The movie was extreamly good. It may not have had everything the book had but it was still a great movie.
If you liked Eragon then you'll really like a series called "The legened of Drizzt" by R.A. Salvatore. The first three books are a little slow, but after that you'll really be able to relate to the book's, There 13 boks in the main series, 2 other branch off's, each with 3, and a branch off of the hunter's blades that has three in it as well, (the second brnch already has the firs one out). Don't worry about this Series getting stagnent, even though it follows Drizzt on a preaty streamline plot trough the series and in each book, there are differen't settings plots and characters for each book. The imagery is is amazing with blow by blow battles that sometimes last for pages, and because there is so many you wont have to wait for the next book. (I would only really recemend this series for someone who is at least 13 or 14.) Well I can't wait for the next Eragon book, see ya.