I have not had much opportunity to go to the movies over the last 2 years. That being said, I did manage to go to Eragon over the Christmas break. I would like to start with something positive but all I can come up with was that the special effects for the dragon were quite good. That is really the end of the list. The movie belongs in the dregs of movie history along with Gymkata, the Kurt Thomas masterpiece.
It was simply a terrible movie. The plot was clunky, the dialogue contrived and the story was horrid. There was never a thought that the villains would prevail, they were shown to be extremely inept. The characters were hard to care about and two normally good actors Irons and Malkovich were rather uninspired. Perhaps, child support or a new pool needed to be paid for. Malkovich simply walked about his throne room and hatched his evil plans, dreadful.
I am usually an easy critic, I only want to be entertained. I wasn't. There was no suspension of disbelief and the story was so clunky that if I hadn't been with friends I would have walked out. So to Eragon to enthusiastic thumbs down. You can't get the hour and forty minutes back once you waste them on this movie. Don't do it.