- One part effects and three parts tosh
- June 20th, 2007
Well, well, well. That's 99 minutes of my life I could have spent better.
The Marquis and I just watched Eragon on DVD. I had borrowed the film from a colleague who is one of those strange half-muggles that are fairly common these days: people who are into Harry Potter and the LotR movies, and are convinced that these are high art. The are an uncritical sort of fans. Don't get me wrong - I do not look down on these people - the opposite rather - I envy them a little and I am chuffed that fantasy has entered the mainstream a little... The fact that my colleague was a half-muggle alone should have warned me. As should the fact that she said the film could have been great.
It had Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich and Robert Carlyle and a few dishy young actors: a cheekboney elf-girl and a couple of bit parts (one of which should have been more than a bit part if they'd stuck to the story). It also had Alun Armstrong whose performances in New Tricks I enjoy... It had beautiful landscapes. It had a dragon with some insanely cute scenes.
Pity it didn't have a script. Never again shall I scoff at Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's adaptation of LotR. It is high art in comparison.
The Marquis' comment that sums it up really was: "I'm not drunk enough to watch this movie."
All that said... I enjoyed reading the book, derivative though it was in places (it was also rather 'written by a seventeen year old') - Let's just say I felt very unsophisticated for liking the book. Even so, I might reread it and I'd certainly like to read Eldest now. Maybe I am also turning into a half-muggle. Or a quarter-muggle.