Eragon

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Dragon fantasy falls flat, but kids won't care.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 63 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 118 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Bad king and wizard want to stomp out all independent thought; dragon rider and his friends want their land to be prosperous and free.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence

Violence pushes the PG edge, with bloody injuries and faces, brief sadness following a character's murder, and wraithy figures who swoop around in darkness; battle scenes include huge armies wielding multiple weapons (spears, arrows, flames, swords, knives); battle between two flying creatures (good dragon and bad smoky dark beastie) has them biting at each other, resulting in bloody wounds; riders fall from horses; magic spell leaves victim with black spidery veins and debilitating "illness."

Sex

Mutual attraction between Arya and Eragon is established -- without much spark but with some sensual glances; Eragon's relationship with the dragon is "romantic," though it stops short of being sensual (some lines are comic, whether intentionally or not, as each declares their mutually interdependent "power").

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie's content is just right for the target 'tweener audience. It has its scary moments, with several scenes featuring dark woods, eerie wind, abrupt violence, big battles and a frightening evil wizard with red and black makeup. Swords, arrows, and spears produce some bloody wounds and several dead bodies, and one-on-one fight scenes include kicking, punching, swordplay, and falling. Eragon confronts and feels guilty about a family member's death (the corpse is visible, with a bloody face).

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byOllie_review January 15, 2020

Brilliant!

I've never read the book (or any of the Inheritance books), but my sister loves them. I really enjoyed the movie and hope make an Eldest, Brisngr and Inher... Continue reading
Adult Written byAshleyWright February 18, 2019

Good, but violent.

This movie has many messages, like teamwork, friendship, and sticking together. But there is also a lot of violence. Beheadings, bloody images and some little g... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byIet Drottning June 29, 2018

An offense of immense proportions

This movie took the great novel written by Christopher Paolini and butchered it. Absolutely murdered, filayed, expunged, destroyed any semblance of coherency in... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFirebirds Daughter December 16, 2010

Give it a Rest, Folks

I must concede, I've never read the books. I have no intention of doing so. They seem just not my thing. However, the movie I liked. I know people who read... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Eragon (Edward Speleers) goes hunting in the forest, he discovers a glowing blue stone. Little does he know that it's a dragon egg, and that the beast about to hatch has selected him (and only him) to be her rider. He meets a wise former rider named Brom (Jeremy Irons) and helps regain the kingdom of Alagaesia from the gnarly, paranoid, seldom-seen King Galbatorix (John Malkovich).

Is it any good?

For a movie about flying dragons, ERAGON is disappointingly flatfooted. With plot points borrowed from a range of other movies -- whether great like Star Wars or dismal like Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker -- it tells the tale of an ordinary-seeming boy, Eragon, who's destined for great things.

It's hardly a good sign that much of the back story must be narrated (by Irons) before the movie really begins. The unnecessarily talky set-up names some of the different types of creatures in Alagaësia (bad Urgels and Ra'zac, mostly good humans), then goes on to describe Eragon's reactions and feelings, even when you can see them yourself. At 17, he's not exactly a child, but he still grows up quickly under the auspices of Obi-Wan-like Brom and flying, fire-breathing, cranky dragon Saphira (voiced somewhat stiffly by Rachel Weisz). Their approaches to his education are different, but both intend to get him ready to reintroduce the grandeur of the dragon riders back into current lore.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie differs from the book. What worked better in the book and what in the movie? Why? 

  • Those who didn't read the story might talk about Eragon's response to being "chosen" by the dragon.

  • Why are dragons such fascinating creatures in fiction and legends?

  • Families can also talk about the movie's similarities to (and differences from) other fantasy and sci-fi classics, like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. What elements of Eragon's story are unique? Which ones have you seen before?

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