Becky and I took the kids to see Eragon tonight at the Colorado Cinemas in Castle Rock, Colorado. The Yahoo website at Eragon describes the movie as follows:
“A boy named Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest. At first, he thinks it’s a lucky discovery, something that will bring meat to his poor family for the winter. Instead, it brings a dragon hatchling, and Eragon is soon thrust into a world of magic and power through which he and the dragon must navigate.”
When the book Eragon came out there was a great deal of hype about how this story was so much better than Harry Potter. Becky and I hadn’t read either of the books, but we both agreed that the Eragon movie wasn’t as good as the Harry Potter films by any means. The story was somewhat fun because it’s fantasy with dragons, knights and a battle between good and evil, but beyond that it’s pretty dull.
There is not a great deal of excitement in this movie and the characters are not that emotionally charged or believable. The film seemed a bit tired as though it had all been done before and was pretty cheezy at times. It seemed to me like I was watching a remake of Star Wars in a Lord of the Rings setting with the young “Jedi Knight” finding out that instead of driving a land speeder he gets to ride a dragon. I guess I was expecting much more from this film based on the previews and the hype, but I would not tell anyone to run out and see it.
Becky hated this movie and the kids kind of liked it, but I don’t think they’ll be asking for the DVD. Bottom line is that you’re better off waiting for the rental on this one and watching it at home.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
The Kids Review
Corban – *** Worth The Trip
Bianca – * Don’t Bother
Conroy – ** Rental
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