03 May 2007

Radar Blips - Eragon

The Year: 2006

The Players: Jeremy Irons as OB-Clone and John Malkovich as the Evil Emperor

The Take: $75 million (but nearly $250 mil worldwide)

Do you mean "D"ragon?: Actually, by changing a single letter of Dragon, you get the hero's name Eragon... clever.

Why you should see it: The previews made this look like a Lord of the Rings rip-off, but it is actually much more of a Star Wars ripoff. Still, if you liked those other films, this is your designer impostor version. There is good action, especially in the final dragon battle sequence. Overall, the effects and flying are good, even though the dragon design is a bit odd (I am not a fan of a feathered dragon). The film wasn't cheap, and even though they butchered the book it was based on, there is still a fairly kid friendly but fun adventure left. Hopefully, worldwide gross and DVD sales will earn Eragon a sequel based on the book Eldest.

Eragon (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Eragon/Eldest Trade Paperback Boxed Set


phantom said...

Didn't some teenage kid write this story? Good for him if he did. After the 'Lord of the Rings', i was pretty much burnt out on these kinds of fantasy-adventure films. I may watch it on dvd, but it's not high on my list.

Off topic though... Spider-man 3 was great! ;)

Adam said...

Christopher Paolini was 15 when he started writing Eragon. I think he finished it before he turned 20, and started working on the sequel Eldest. The movie was all right, but I did enjoy the books a lot more, and I can't wait for the Third book in the Trilogy.

Shiro said...

I wasn't expecting much, so wasn't disappointed. I absolutely LOVED the Dragonriders of Pern aspect to the story. Saphira was so fantastic and well acted by Weisz, that I chose to forgive the rest of the film's many shortcomings.

And for people who compare this to LOTR... Huh? The fantasy genre is about the ony attribute the two share. I agree with the chief here that it was much more like Star Wars than anything else; but the dragon angle and treatment was almost all Pern...

Jose said...

i dint like the movie ass much as i loed the book and cant wait to read the third book called brisingir (name of fire in the ancient language) that just came out