Fuse #8

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Cinematical Review of Eragon

Why see the movie when you can read a delightful review of this bit of treacle firsthand? Here is the list of things that reviewer Scott Weinberg does NOT want to see in a movie ever again.
  • A wizened old mentor teaching a young pupil to let something "flow" through him.
  • A scene in which someone rides the back of a dragon while whooping and cheering.
  • A young hero rushing off to save his friends despite being warned that such actions spell d-o-o-m.
  • An explanation from a henchman to a villain detailing why he came back empty-handed.
  • And it gets better.


    At 2:54 AM , Blogger Farida Dowler said...

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    At 2:58 AM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

    That deleted comment was mine. I had inadvertently signed in with my (gasp) real name. I was just wistfully thinking about what Eragon might have been like had Miss Snark given Paolini some advice about his "hook."

    At 9:03 AM , Blogger Liz B said...

    It sounds like all that was wrong with the book stayed wrong with the movie; I had some hope that a visual translation of the book would improve it, and that scriptwriters would also help.

    I guess it was beyond saving.

    I have to say, I love the review. It's spot on; but still, the 4th grade boys adore this book because they have no idea that it isn't original. It would be an interesting study to see what they think when the encounter the original material.

    That said, the must read for bad fantasy is Diana Wynne Jones' the Tough Guide to Fantasyland, recently reissued. Too funny for words, especially when it talks about capes. and stew.


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