Eragon Movie Review


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Dragons are in the movie Eragon.

Eragon takes place on the continent of Alagaesia. The main character, Eragon, is a farm boy who happens to come upon a blue stone on a mountainside, which he later finds out that it’s a dragon’s egg. Eragon was originally a book by Christopher James Paolini, published in 2002 and later the movie version came to theater in 2006. The book was published in 2002 and the movie version came to theaters in 2006. Eragon is the first of the series and is followed by Eldest, then Brisingr, and finally Inhertance.

In Eragon, the continent of Alagaesia is ruled by an evil king known by the name of Galbatorix. Eragon and Galbatorix are few of the last remaining Dragon Riders. Dragon Riders are people chosen by dragons to be their riders. Riders are able to communicate telepathically with their dragons; Eragon does so with his dragon, Saphira. In some cases dragons wait thousands of years before hatching from their eggs, waiting to meet the right rider.

In the first entry of the series, Eragon does not fight the evil king, Galbatorix. Instead, he fights against a Shade, known as Durza, in a fight to the death. A Shade is a sorcerer that has been taken over by demons and evil spirits. The fight ends in Eragons favor, but it nearly cost him his life and his dragons as well. In the end, Eragon moves one step closer to defeating Galbatorix.

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, but things were missing from the book. The movie, which covers a time span of 140 minutes, was not able to cover the entire story that was originally displayed in the book. I have personally read the book myself and I can say that while watching the movie I felt that the content was not up to my expectations that I had previously placed. However despite that, I felt that the movie did an amazing job at capturing my attention, especially towards half way when the action had begun. Taking everything into consideration, I give Eragon 7 out of 10.