Thursday, 28 December 2006

Eragon: Caveat!

Do not, whatever you watch these festive days, spend your money to watch Eragon. The characters are ill-developed, the plot sparse and uninspiring, and the elements that constitute the world all feel a tad recycled. An example: Magic in Eragon is the manipulation of magical force springing forth from dragons by means of the ancient Elven tongue. In this language, the words do not merely express, but also incarnate the substance of that which they signify. This, of course, is obviously derived from Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea (the Hallmark channel series adaptation of which must also be avoided).

I sincerely hope that the books are themselves better. I have little hope, since all aspects of the film were mediocre, and one could not help but feel that it is a collection of borrowed ideas long present in the streams of the fantasy genre. I wonder how the books became so popular as to warrant the making of a film? How involved was the author in the process?

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