"Eragon" a Meh Fantasy

Genres: Drama, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Release Date: December 15th, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences and some frightening images.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Directed by: Stefan Fangmeier

JJ Rating: B

Eragon is based on the book with the same name. It’s the first book of a trilogy created by Christopher Paolini when he was a teenager. Eragon is chosen to be a dragon rider and that is important since most of the dragons and their riders were slaughtered. He was the hope of the land to bring back peace that was stolen by one dragon rider.

I have to admit that it’s difficult to see a movie that is a fantasy without comparing it to Lord of the Rings. But I made sure that I wouldn’t do that no matter what because I like to see a movie without the need to go OH MY GOD IT’S NOT JUST LIKE LORD OF THE RINGS DIE, DIE, DIE! With that out of the way I thought the movie was alright. The major problem I had with the movie was that it was so fast paced that there was not enough “getting to know” the characters. It was one thing after another after another after another. People whine about long movies but certain movies are long because they have to introduce characters so that people feel connected to them and what is going on. I did not feel such a connection with anyone in this movie and I blame that on the inability to create such connections because of the fast paced story telling.

What was cool about the movie is the connection that the dragon had with Eragon. The story tells how the dragon chooses him and that is a neat thing. That is an awesome bond and I like stories with such bonds and I’m sure the bond becomes stronger as the story continues to go on in the next movie and the final movie. It started off as a bond of need and it grew into a friendship or a bond of choice. Though the movie was fast paced they did give light to that bond and how it started and grew. It would have been nice if there was more focus on how it gelled them together but there was so much speed that anything of this nature was ignored.

I think the fight scenes were too rushed as well. There is suppose to be a great ending fight that leaves one going WHOA and this movie didn’t have it. It had one but it was so quick to be ended that it hardly even started.

There was also romantic things transpiring but again the movie was too rushed it didn’t cultivate the love that was brewing. It was a "look here" and a "look there" and a little comment there and nothing huge or worth caring about occurred which made the romantic relationship hollow and almost worthless.

The cool thing is the dragon looked awesome. The characters that were introduced were and are so full of potential that I am invested enough to want to see the next movie I just hope that the next one doesn’t squander the greatness that was teased in the trailer but not delivered in the movie.

I think the movie played too into the PG rating and not playing into how it had the potential to be a great movie. It played as if it were confined and not as it had room to expand its greatness without looking so cut off. In any event it’s an okay movie that doesn’t have a slow moment that would give way to boredom, it’s just not a movie that gives excitement as the trailer had allowed me to think. Eragon is in short "meh" but not bad enough to be "bleh."

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