There is so much that is awry about this film. It’s too short for a film, and considering the length of the book it deserves a lot longer. Some of the characters are not given enough credit, like Murtagh for instance, who is probally given about 10 minutes worth of screen time, and considering he is meant to be one of the main characters in the books, and one of the better ones I might add, he really needs to be given more attention. However, the guy who played him, Garrett Hedlund, worked really well with the character and what he was given.
Then you have the relationship between Eragon and Arya. In the books Eragon pretty much fancies her but Arya makes it clear that she is not interested. Not in the film! I swear the flirting between the two of them was so obvious it was cringe-worthy!
And, no offense to Ed because I think he is a great guy, I found the character of Eragon a bit to posh, as Ed is British. I just don’t think that works.
And the Urgals. I always thought of them being these creatures with horns, that looked like proper beasts. But what do we get? Men in war paint trying to be scary.
Plus Saphira the dragon looks more like a bird and grows way too quickly!
I could pick holes in so much more.
However, despite all this I think there were some pretty good points to the film also. For instance, the character of Brom was amazing, spot on. I really liked Brom in the film, but not so much in the book. And the scenery was beautiful. And the fight scenes were amazing, although I don’t remember Durza riding on a black cloud of smoke with a mouth in the book…still nice touch. It pretty much worked. Also I think the bond between dragon and Rider was captured quite well, which was something that was quite magical in the books.
Overall I’m in two minds on this film…which feels odd.