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 9+
Based on 59 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 113 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).

User Reviews

Adult Written byHeroneSilverton April 9, 2008

Very dissapointed.

This is nowhere near on par with the book. It was ok, but it could have been so much better.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bysweetiemarch July 8, 2010

Mediocre With Too Many Facts Cut Out!

Our entire family thought it was okay, I think that they cut out WAY too much of the book and made up a lot of the facts! Like Saphira just doesn't disappe... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 21, 2009

Perfect for tweens

This movie is very good the only thing that is a bit scary is the bug mummy things....
Teen, 15 years old Written byMiranda B. February 11, 2011

I'd say for about 9 and up, unless kids aren't afraid of a lot of fantasy violence.

Though this movie is nowhere near the same plot as the book it was still pretty good for as low of a budget as it had. I will admit (grudgingly) that it could h... 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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