Movie Review – Eragon
Thursday, December 21st, 2006 at
My husband, my daughter, and I have all read the first two books in the Eragon series. We love them and we were very excited to hear that a movie was being created from young Paolini’s Fantasy novels. Since this movie was rated PG my husband and I ventured out on our own to view it – we screen all movies, especially PG and up before the children are allowed to watch them.
First, I want to say that the books, although great, are not for everybody. Magic and war fill the first two volumes (the third is not out yet). There is no sex or swearing – this series is completely clean of those things (so far). There are however, many scenes where magic is used, blood is shed, and one fortune-telling scene involving a witch of some sort. All of this, in my mind, was played up very well as being fictional – not at all like the very popular Harry Potter saga, which I believe comes too close to the real world of witchcraft and such, but closer to Lord Of The Rings, although not as graphic. Eragon, the books, come close to crossing the line a few times (magic stuff) but for the most part they are clean and easy on the eyes of young adults. The story line talks about using your gifts for good even when you are scared, family relationships and devotion, the respecting of parents and elders, good v/s evil, accepting other cultures and races, and patience. I personally loved that Eragon’s cousin opted to work hard to earn a living and develop the ability to take care of a family before he married the girl he loved. What an unheard of concept in today’s world. There are talks of prayer, of a god, and of “gifts” as well, but nothing points to Christianity and there was one time that the elves talk of there being no “god” but a power that comes from the earth, or something like that (one negative aspect of the book). I saw this as being just one of many different races with many different beliefs in these books and not an adgenda being played out.
As for the movie – it was well done in the content area. No sex, no cursing, no completely gorey scenes; although there is war, violence, and blood. An elf’s top is a little too low in a scene or two and a small bit of her leg shows in one scene. The elf’s armor looks a little odd on her, showing off a bit of her shape but not well. I don’t think these scenes were meant to be “sexy” but they could prove to be a temptation of sorts to a young teen boy.
Although the special effects were pretty good the flow of the movie could have used some help. It was choppy and bounced all over the place. Some scenes that were meant to be serious turned out to be humerous making it hard for the audience to take it seriously. Some of the acting could have used a bit more direction and the witch lady was laughable (this was probably a good thing).
Overall I think the movie was good and mild and kept to the overall young adult feel of the books. My real beef was the previews shown BEFORE the movie. Most of them were rated R and were VERY inappropriate for the young audiance that filled the theater. I am not sure who’s idea that was but it warned me to be extra careful when I take my kids to the theater (something we don’t do often).
To sum it up:
Although I enjoyed Eragon and will have no problems letting my almost 12 year old view it I strongly encourage you to view it first to make sure it is appropriate for YOUR children. Don’t take my word or anybody else’s word for it. As I said in the beginning, this story isn’t approriate for all children – be on your guard!
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