A young man, named Eragon, finds a dragon egg that has been stolen from an evil emperor’s castle in the 2006 fantasy film, “Eragon.” He raises the dragon and becomes its rider. When the emperor sets out on a mission to kill the rider, so the dragon will die, it’s up to Eragon and some allies to defeat the emperor in the first of what will likely be several battles.
This film is based on the first book of the fantasy series, “The Inheritance Cycle.” I’ve never read the books, so I came in with no knowledge of the plot. I hope the books are better than this awful movie. It was slow, plodding, and boring. The character development was incredibly shallow. By the end, I didn’t care if Eragon’s character lived or died. I had no emotional attachment to him or the dragon. It got so bad that, at one point, I couldn’t remember who Jeremy Irons played. By the end, I was thinking he was the uncle instead of Brom. If you make Jeremy Irons uninteresting, you’ve failed at your movie.
The nicest thing I can say about this film is I enjoyed the special effects in the final battle. I liked seeing the city light on fire. It was really cool by 2006 standards and it’s still cool by 2021 standards. I like that scene. It was the only time I wasn’t bored.
I would never recommend this film to anyone. I would tell anyone asking about it t avoid it like the plague. Jeremy Irons, John Malkovitch, and Rachel Weisz all deserve better than this movie. The other actors, some of whom I’ve never seen in anything else, deserve better than this movie. My eyes and my brain deserve better than this movie.
Ranking: -10,000 stars.