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Now it can be told (warning, spoilers)



I'm not sure you can properly have spoilers for this movie. Because that would imply that it could be spoiled.

Of course, I didn't walk into it with high hopes, no 15-year-old boy is going to write the world's greatest novel. They're just too caught up in themselves and their moments and desires and perspective. And, clearly, the third volume of "Lord of the Rings."

Plot: Joyfully formulaic. Though I'm surprised they rescued the princess as early as they did, the mentor-figure, predictably, bit it. Act 1, scene 1, the poutagonist's brother wanders away, presumably to resurface in...dunno...book 3? I tried to read the first one, but ended up catching up on LJ, it's a little less self-involved and whiney. I had expected at least one kiss, though.

"Magic...comes from dragons. And you must learn the ancient tongue before you use it."

"CLEVATHRUM NIEF!"...BOOOM!

"Though I can see you can skip that stage. Oh, I see, you're playing a sorcerer, not a wizard. Gotcha. I don't know what I was thinking. You know, though, if you're split-classing as a Ranger you'll never advance. Wait, are you played by the GM's girlfriend? That would certainly explain it."

Why did EVERYONE have to finish each other's sentences? Oi! I guess they did it to break up the monotony a bit, and it couldn't have been too difficult to guess what the other person was going to say. Even if you weren't a telepathic dragon, reading Eragon's mind must be like reading an open brick.

I did enjoy the ending--the endboss monster was really neat-looking, and the final fight was well exceuted, and I think, overall, this movie is pretty strongly "good-bad." It was a lot of fun and had a high production value, but it should have been targeted at kids, not so much at an older audience. It would have been an excellent cartoon, like Whines kept telling me.


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poppinjaye
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I couldn't get through the book--ended up selling it on ebay. No desire to see the film.
spottylogic
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I may read it to punish myself.
"Spotty, did you eat half that cake?"
*mnam mnam mnam* "no?"
"You know the drill--one slice, one chapter!"
"Nooo!"
artfulreggie
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
It would have been an excellent cartoon

See Flight of Dragons.
spottylogic
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
I grew up on that film :)
spottedhyena
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
The website used for promoting this book pretty much says that it's aimed at 15 year olds ;?)
spottylogic
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hm. I thought better of my fifteen year olds, then.
jim_hague
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
I liked the blatant Star Wars ripoffs.

"Eragon, look, your uncle's been killed! And judging by the attack pattern...yes, yes. Only ORCS could be so precise!"

No, they never said it. But they COULD have, and it'd have fit right in.
spottylogic
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Heh. It was very much derived, yes. A talented 15-year old, but a 15-year-old naetheless.
zanaki
Dec. 29th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Bah! And I was hoping it would be better than the book. I didn't think it could get much worse than that. =)
spottylogic
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
No, no, I never said it wasn't worth watching, but you do need to have a strong sense of irony to enjoy it over age 15 or so. It's very pretty!
baktre
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I don't think it'd be a GOOD cartoon, but the...modestness of its plot would be contextualized if it was a cartoon. Cartoons teach us low expectations. :)
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