Eragon needs to be rebooted into a PROPER movie.
How many of you have seen the Eragon movie? It was embarrassing. Truly horrible. It’s not often that a book-to-film adaptation is so bad NOBODY wants to watch it, and I believe Eragon falls into that category. The series is fast-paced, interesting, and fun. I think we can we all agree that this is a gripping story about a boy and his dragon. While we love Toothless and Hiccup, we need more. Since The Inheritance Cycle is four books long, we could get FIVE movies out of this deal if we play our cards right. FIVE. DRAGON. MOVIES.
Am I the only one that thinks we need more dragons?
The catch is, it would have to be done right.
What went wrong the first time?
Ugh, guys, where to begin?
Let’s start with the trailer.
I watched half the trailer and couldn’t finish.
THE TRAILER GUYS.
A quick glance through this trailer, and you can see that ALL of the casting is WAY OFF from the book. You can see that Brom’s role has been changed, that Galbatorix isn’t even scary. Also, it’s sort of hard to tell because of the image quality, but Saphira’s scales look like feathers. Feathers.
It makes me want to cry a little in how rough and wrong it is.
The whole movie is like this.
What should the film look like?
Eragon presents a beautiful fantasy world. Epic fantasy worlds aren’t easy to create, and in order to capture a reader’s attention for a series with as many pages as The Inheritance Cycle, your setting needs to be spot-on. Paolini created this beautiful world and established the rules of magic very well. This is no small feat for a seasoned writer, let alone a fifteen-year-old kid. Where Paolini failed in the characters and plot, he succeeded in the setting. It’s important to get that right in the film.
Okay definitely used that GIF because FEATHERS. WHY FEATHERS.
As far as casting goes, even if the actors don’t look perfect to their characters, it’s important that they fill their tropes and personalities well. This is another place where the Eragon movie failed. Brom is a grizzled old man with a dark history that weighs on him – he should be less like a young hero figure and more like the battle-worn Bowen from the Dragonheart films. Galbatorix is a huge pet peeve for me. We don’t see him in the books for a long time. He’s always this dark, shadowy, evil figure. Most people liken him to the Emperor in Star Wars and I believe that’s a good comparison. He should make your skin crawl. And Durza should, too.
As far as changes from the book, the little ones are okay. But after a while, so many little ones make you wonder – did anyone in production with this film read the book? Screenwriters tweaked all Eragon’s details. And I’m not just talking Saphira’s feathers, here. I’m talking about the gedway ignasia and everyone’s appearance and parts of the plot, but the one thing they should have changed and didn’t? Saphira’s telepathy.
Telepathy is fine to read, but really odd to watch. Especially if it’s the only way one of the main characters can communicate. If there was one thing I altered in a book-to-film version, it would be moving Saphira’s mouth as she speak. Or something. Every other telepathic character in film has a shtick. Professor X puts his hand to his forehead. Prue in Charmed squints her eyes. These actions tell us something is going on and it’s not a narrator. Something, ANYTHING, would be necessary with Saphira.
The Biggest Travesty?
This varies from person to person, because honestly, the film is REALLY BAD. For me, Angela was the biggest problem.
I LOVE ANGELA IN THE BOOKS.
She is absolutely my favorite character. Clever and enigmatic, you never know what she’s up to. If she says she’s just gathering mushrooms, it is so much more than that. She also keeps scenes light, and helps act as Eragon’s conscience when he needs it. She has a store of incredible, deep magic. Yeah, she’s basically this badass who’s only a side character.
She’s such a fun character and for the LITTLE she’s in the film? She’s useless. She barely contributes anything and a lot of her best moments have been cut. Not to mention her appearance? Way too many bangles and jangles and coins and far too little rugged mystique. It almost would have been better not to even include her than throw her in this weird random costume just to say HEY LOOK WE DID THE THING.
WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS TO ME, HOLLYWOOD!
Will a Reboot Happen?
Being completely honest with myself, I don’t think we’ll see this book on the big screen again. As a culture, science fiction flourishes. When was the last time you saw a fantasy film? I believe the Fantastic Beasts series is all we have. Epic fantasy struggles. With The Hobbit finished, there’s nothing to look forward to within that genre. Eragon had its chance, was handled poorly, and failed. I’m not expecting a reboot. There is a lot of fantasy out there making a bigger buzz than a story from the early 2000s.
It’s really unfortunate. The length of the books will discourage people from reading them, despite the epic adventure inside.
As a side note, if you have 20 minutes and feel like getting into the nitty gritty of how this book is really good and how the film is really disappointing and useless and honestly should never have even been made, I highly recommend checking out KrimsonRogue’s The Book Was Better on YouTube. He covers all these points and more in great detail. And he’s entertaining. Recommend.