Released 12/15/06 Rated: PG
I’m going to make this simple….read the book. The book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It is so descriptive that you can see everything in your head to the smallest detail. This world that Paolini creates is extremely colorful, thought out, and simply perfect. The pages come to life right before your eyes.
This movie, however, is far from. Take away the book for a moment, completely forget that it exists, and only look at the movie… Honestly? No difference. And it pains me to say this because I love (a couple of) the actors in this movie. Namely Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. I’m not expecting perfection, but I was expecting better.
Best thing about this movie was Rachel Weisz voicing Saphira. Unfortunately she was the only one who didn’t sound as though she was reading the script. It felt as though they threw everyone in costume and on set and taped a rehearsal most of the time. Acting was bad in places. Not only that, but they also didn’t even get Eragon right. The character is supposed to be a boy who can’t help but interrupt an answer to his first question with ten more questions. I wouldn’t say he’s brains over brawn, but he’s definitely curious.
What annoyed me (besides the entire thing) was the fact that everyone seemed to know everything. Alas, this is a poor product of meshing everything together. Arya doesn’t know where she sent the egg, much less who found it; Eragon doesn’t figure out Brom’s past; no one knows Murtagh by sight; Saphira wasn’t pre-named; Murtagh doesn’t know the way to the Varden and he especially doesn’t want to go there. I understand the crunch for time, but you can’t just throw the audience into a world like Alaegaesia and say “you’re on your own!” If Peter Jackson had done this to Frodo he wouldn’t be trying to make the prequels right now, now would he? I wonder why this one doesn’t have a sequel…. (That was sarcasm if you didn’t catch that. Just making sure you’re still with me.)
The movie seemed to span a few days, not months. Going here and there. If you just spout off the name of a town without immersing the audience in the world people will think you sneezed. If I hadn’t’ve know I wouldn’t have caught it myself, the one time it was used. I didn’t feel like he was training throughout his “long and arduous” journey to the Varden. More like they were just walking down the street to the park and needed something to talk about. Not only that, but no one did their research on the rules of magic for this story. It’s only about how strong you are in relation that if you use a spell that is too powerful to you it will kill you. There is no “you will black out,” or “try again later.” You’re dead. That wasn’t stressed at all.
I would watch Lord of the Rings instead. At least they got all their races in the film and had the make-up crew to handle the job.