Eragon (2006)

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Your day will come too, Eragon, and you will decide for yourself the kind of life you wish to lead.

— Uncle Garrow

Eragon is a movie that I have been popping up on HBO for the past couple of months. Always managed to see the climax of the movie and liking it very much. I wanted to see the entire movie for once. I still enjoyed watching it in its entirety.

The story is about a young man named Eragon (Ed Speleers) who lives in the kingdom of Alagaesia that is ruled by the evil king, Galbatorix (John Malkovich). He is trying to have his purpose in his life. One night in the forest near his house he finds a magical rock that looks like giant jellybean, was sent by a young girl named Arya (Sienna Guillory). It turns out that the rock is a dragon egg.

Eragon ends up having a serpentine shaped mark on his hand. He meets Brom (Jeremy Irons) that tells the story about the dragon riders that were defeated riders, and how will rise up again to vanquish the king. His mark glows transforming the hatchling into a fierce dragon named Saphira (voiced by Rachel Weisz). Telepathically, she tells him that he is her dragon rider.

The king sends people to kill Eragon. In a last ditch effort, Brom saves Eragon from death by teaching how to be true dragon warrior that he is. He escorts him and Saphria to free Arya from Durza (Robert Carlyle), the shade’s grasp and meet up with the Varden, the only people that could oppose the king and his forces.

This movie is reminiscent of The Neverending Story. I enjoyed that film and I enjoyed this movie. There is nothing groundbreaking about this movie. Enjoy the journey. My only complaints are there shouldn’t be much exposition dealing with Eragon. He should have had more time to develop his power, strength and healing.

Judgment: It’s a traditional fantasy movie. Nothing more, nothing less.

Rating: ***1/2

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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 26, 2009, in 2006, Family, Fantasy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. 3.5? Really? Though I’ve stricken much of it from my memory (I saw this in the theater), I hated this movie. Ok, maybe hate is too strong. I was supremely apathetic to this movie. Yet another monomyth, but too remiscent of every other one we’ve seen, with absolutely nothing brought to the table. And, if I recall, all of the scenes with Malkovich seemed like they were shot cheaply in a crappy soundstage. And Jeremy Irons playing the mentor for what seems like the 40th time (guess they couldn’t get Liam Neeson). I’d rather watch Willow again.

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