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While it owes much of its appeal and appearance to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Eragon can stand on its own as an enjoyable fantasy for younger viewers. Faithfully adapted from the bestselling novel by teenage author Christopher Paolini, this boy-and-his-dragon tale offers clean, fast-paced family entertainment without compromising the darker qualities of Paolini's novel (the first in what is known as the "Inheritance" trilogy). The plot centers on 17-year-old peasant farmboy Eragon (played by appealing newcomer Ed Speleers) who discovers a mysterious blue object that turns out to be an egg that eventually hatches to reveal Saphira, a blue-scaled dragon that quickly grows to full-size. According to prophecy, Eragon is destined to be a dragon-rider like those who once protected a benevolent kingdom, thus reviving an ancient conflict against the army of King Galbatorix (John Malkovich), a former dragon rider who turned to evil, now in alliance with a! dark-magic "Shade" sorcerer named Durza (Robert Carlyle). While the movie serves up familiar fantasy elements and offers little if anything new to fans of the genre (or anyone who's read the books of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin), it's visually impressive (especially the dragon scenes, with Rachel Weisz providing the telepathic "voice" of Saphira) and full of timeless wisdom, much of it delivered by Eragon's heroic mentor Brom (Jeremy Irons), himself a former dragon rider with memories of past battles and hope for Eragon's future. Add a fair warrior-maiden named Arya (Sienna Guillory) and you've got all the ingredients for a worthwhile (if not particularly original) fantasy that points directly to a sequel. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to individual viewers to decide. --Jeff Shannon
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It was well acted and a very good story.
The worst part about the making of this movie is that its so terrible people who see it and havent read the book will think that the book must be just as bad.
One of the impressive things about the book was the development of characters and their relationships, but this is entirely lacking in the film.
Love this movie! Robert Carlyle is wonderful in all of his work! 😊😊😊😊😊Published 6 days ago by Carolyn Fargo
I really enjoyed this movie. Someone borrowed it and I cannot find it so buying another copy.Published 13 days ago by Craig L. Williams
If I was able to give negative stars I would. This was the most awful movie adaptation of a book that I've ever seen and I'm glad that they never released eldest as a movie, it... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nathan Cook
I really like this movie. I like how it does not overdo too much, it is a nice tale of a young man and his dragon :)Published 19 days ago by kisharrah de la rosa
All involved with this movie should be ashamed. Horrible adaptation of a great book.Published 23 days ago by Chris Tiedje
It was a good movie, but didn't have a good choice of actors for the main roles, and it was watered down too much from the book.Published 23 days ago by Green Girl
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Compared to the book, this movie was horrible. I was so disappointed when I saw it because I had been anticipating the release, but I walked out the movie theater wanting my money back. The whole thing was too rushed and the character development never happened. This movie had so much... Read More
Apr 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 16 posts
|Anyone see the extended edition?||
That's my problem, too. I don't want to waste money on an extended version without knowing how many minutes it's been extended, 6 minutes of 10 to 15 seconds spread throughout the movie is pointless. Does the extended version add to the story or the frustration?
Apr 7, 2013 by J. Jarocki | See all 2 posts
|I liked It !||
I did too, but I think many of those who've read the book (I haven't) feel cheated. This often happens when any book is made into a motion picture. I still, however, don't think this movie deserves all the one-stars it has gotten.
Nov 4, 2007 by Caesar M. Warrington | See all 14 posts
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