Sunday, December 17, 2006
  Eragon
We went to see Eragon this evening. Aside from the fact that they changed major parts of the story, it was a decent movie. If you've read and enjoyed the book, you'll no doubt be
sitting there saying, wait a minute, that's not the way it goes. That's not what a razac looks like, or an elf. And at the end, you'll be wondering how they are going to manage a sequel that remains at all close to Book Two. It certainly appears that they have no intention of remaining at all true to the events in Eldest.

Further, some of the coolest parts of Eragon were deleted. Naturally, when you've got a honking, fat book that's being made into a movie, you know parts are going to be deleted. Unfortunately, some of what was deleted was stuff I was looking forward to seeing on screen. One suspects that Christopher Paolini simply didn't have the clout as a twenty year old that JK Rowling had when Harry Potter was turned into a movie. It's a shame too, because some of what was left out would have made for great special effects. Probably they would have added to the cost of the movie, but I'm thinking they would have been worth it in extra ticket sales and dvd rentals.

Anyway, the movie has been panned by the critics and the movie goers alike, but I didn't think it was so bad. I've certainly seen far worse movies that the critics and movie goers gave a thumbs up.
 
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