ERAGON (Stefen Fangmeier). 105 minutes. Opens Friday (December 15). For venues and times, see Movies, page 99. Rating: N Rating: N
Based on Christopher Paolini 's novel, Eragon is derivative fantasy that shows the influence of everyone from Tolkien, who's the template for all this dragons, wizards and orcs stuff, to Terry Brooks and Anne McCaffrey. Filmed in western Canada and on a CGI soundstage, it has a questing young hero ( Edward Speleers ), his wise adviser ( Jeremy Irons ), an evil king ( John Malkovich , who put in maybe three days on the film), and his evil wizard ( Robert Carlyle ).
Oh, and there's a warrior princess, a dragon voiced by Rachel Weisz , picking up a cheque during her postpartum recovery, and rebels hiding in the mountains.
If none of this sounds familiar, then you're the perfect audience for Eragon, because you've never seen or read a fantasy-adventure film or novel.
If it sounds familiar, well, it is, and aside from the digital dragon, it's not particularly well done.
You can see the obvious joins where they dropped Jeremy Irons's stunt double into his fighting scenes. Rent Lord Of The Rings or The Empire Strikes Back to see this story done better.