Posted at 10:07 AM on May 18, 2007
by Euan Kerr
I don't usually quote from postings to the Movie Natters blog, but the conversation begun in December comparing and contrasting "Eragon" with Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" triology dribbles on.
Yesterday Spyke wrote in from LA and lit up the Natters synapses albeit briefly.
An excerpt: 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.
So there you have it. You can read the full posting about 23 entries down on the original entry.
the move eragon is so cool i cant stop waching it