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YMMV for the Eragon movie:

  • Awesome Music: The score by Patrick Doyle may only feature one main tune, but it's a great tune.
  • Cliché Storm: This film is a great example of the downsides of using the The Hero's Journey template so strictly. Nothing is added to make it stand out.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • As in the books, Murtagh. Even fans who disliked the film overall rather enjoyed Garrett Hedlund's performance and Murtagh is often cited as one of the highlights of the film.
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    • Brom, mostly for being played by Jeremy Irons, who delivers the best performance in the film. Fans were generally quite pleased by Brom's portrayal.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Murtagh and Hrothgar sharing a smile at the end of the battle becomes this when you remember that Murtagh killed Hrothgar in Eldest, book 2 of the Inheritance Cycle.
  • Ham and Cheese: This is the only explanation for Galbatorix's hamminess.
  • Narm:
  • So Okay, It's Average: Those who haven't read the books can at least see this movie as a fun but flawed fantasy adventure movie, with great effects and dragons.
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  • Tear Jerker: The scene where Saphira lets a dying Brom fly with her so that he can truly be a Dragon Rider one last time is, despite the film's mixed reception, genuinely moving.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Largely the reason it's disliked by many fans.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:
    • Ed Speelers in the title role. You can tell that he wants to act so badly, but his delivery combined with an atrocious script makes for Narm heaven.
    • Jeremy Irons plays Brom in a genuinely convincing way despite the scriptwriters’ best efforts to the contrary (and there are also indications that he seems to have taken Ed Speelers under his wing). Tragically, all he really accomplishes is making everyone else look even worse in comparison.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The only saving grace of the film. Though justified because of Industrial Light and Magic and WETA.
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  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Sienna Guillory's casting as Arya raised some eyebrows, mostly because she looks absolutely nothing like book!Arya (book!Arya is said to have green eyes, black hair and dresses in black leather, while movie!Arya is a blue-eyed redhead clad mostly in white or lighter colors). Although Guillory's performance isn't generally one of the things most criticised in the film, some fans disliked how little she resembles book!Arya in both appearance and personality.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • A few characters are clearly wearing off-the-shelf blue jeans.
    • Arya is explicitly an elf in the books, but lacks pointed ears or other such elf features in the film, to the point where some people even wondered if she was meant to be an elf in this adaptation.

YMMV for the Eragon video game


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