I can’t help but wince at the sight of Jeremy Irons and dragons. Personally, I love good fantasy, regardless of form but Dungeons and Dragons has to be one of the most repulsive movies I’ve ever seen. Even stupid sequels like Merlin’s Apprentice score higher than D&D.
Most of the criticism has been centered around D&D plot. It’s a common problem when (board) games turn to movies. Eragon has been out in book form, so at least the creators of the film has a substantial plot the base the movie on.
Here’s the plot (more or less):
Eragon takes place in a land called Alagaësia, which is ruled by the despotic king, Galbatorix (John Malkovich). Galbatorix, in his madness, crippled the order of the Riders, and for years, many believed that dragons were extinct.
Eragon is an orphan who lives with his uncle until one day he finds a dragon egg. Galbatorix minions are sent for the egg but the boy manages to escape, so they kill his uncle. Eragon, through his bond with Saphira (his dragon), becomes a Dragon Rider, and seeks to exact revenge on the Ra’zac, Galbatorix’s lieutenant. He begins a journey with Brom (Jeremy Irons), an elderly storyteller from his village, and learns swordfighting, magic, and dragonriding.
Eventually Brom is slayed, so Eragon and Saphira travel to Varden, a hidden rebel alliance. The final confrontation comes when the Varden, the elves and the dwarfs ally together behind Eragon in order to face an army of Urgals, let by a shade. Naturally, they win the battle.
I think by now you get the idea. There are elements from Star Wars (Jedi training by an old master), LotR and other fantasy/sci-fi works. These elements has served the author well because they’ve created a heated debate between critics and readers. The movie will hopefully strike a similar cord with audiences.