Mike / March 26th, 2012
I just wanted to mention, I know a lot of people think the books are good. This video has nothing to do with the books. I have never read the books, I have only seen the movie. So this video is only about the film.
March 26, 2012 at 12:06 am
This movie is dreadful. Made watchable by Rifftrax.
March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am
onestly Erago is based off a book,the reason ther is no eragon 2 is the becouse the movie fucked up the first book,in fact there are six books and one came out recently
March 26, 2012 at 12:43 am
@Randy Robling There are 4 books in the cycle, which was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance; released in that order.
You must be counting random side things that do not count.
March 26, 2012 at 12:16 am
poor John Malkovich :5
Saw this when it came out.It was shit back then, too.
March 26, 2012 at 12:22 am
I never knew…
September 4, 2013 at 5:13 am
I red the four book, and they as horrible as the movie.
The universe is a copy-paste from The Lord of the Ring, roles are a copy-paste from Star-War and the relations between dragons and her riders (telepathic communications and the fact that the other die if one of them are killed) is a copy-paste from The Dragonriders of Pern.
Paolini don’t use a pen to write his book, he use a photocopier.
Yeah…well. I never did see the movie, but I wasn’t really that interested to be honest. Without even knowing the plot and all the LOTR plagiarism, I was pretty certain from what I did know that it was just another fantasy flick trying to ride on the coat tails of LOTR and Harry Potter. The old saying goes that there are only really a handful of stories, and everything else is just a variation on those – but surely you can at least do something to make an age old tale your own. Mac & Me, anyone?
March 26, 2012 at 12:39 am
March 26, 2012 at 12:40 am
@kaneda_bjf Ah “Mac & Me”….skittles and coke 24/7
Ya know, even the Lord of the Rings is derivative of various fantasy lore. Star Wars too, it’s a lot like Dune with more action. I guess my point is it’s impossible to make a fantasy novel and not be similar to ANY previous fiction. If you pear down the specifics of ANY movie it can be said to be “ripping off” what came before. In the absence of details there are only a certain number of basic plots in all of literature, and any story is really just a variation on these plots. The movie Isn’t as good as the books, which are solid entries into the world of fantasy literature. Saying Christopher Paolini simply threw LOTR and Star Wars together isn’t fair or accurate. That being said, I love this site and Mike your movie reviews are poignant and funny. I just had to speak up for an author getting ripped on undeservedly.
March 26, 2012 at 12:41 am
@Nanankix Exactly. Paolini didn’t write the script to the movie, just the books that that this crapfest is modeled after.
March 26, 2012 at 12:45 am
Its Mothersuckin Sunday!
March 26, 2012 at 1:19 am
when are you going to do more game glitchers???
March 26, 2012 at 1:26 am
Actually, if you would read the book you probably wouldn’t really notice any of those “rip offs”. But that is the diference between books and movies, with books you use your imagination, with movies you just watch what someone else created for you. And for the “Eragon” movie? It keeps itself to the basic storypoints of the book, but that is it. There are huge parts missing, a lot of things are changed. Yeah, the story is nothing original, we have a boy that becomes a rebel through a coincidence, but it’s not at all like in the movie. If not for the title I am willing to bet, a lot of people who liked the book wouldn’t even get they were watching an “Eragon” adaptation it’s so different.
March 26, 2012 at 1:28 am
See, the movie was a rip off, the book…not so much. You should check out the books, Mike, when you have the time. Besides, the fact that there wasn’t an Eragon 2 only proves how much they butchered the story The movie WAS a blatant rip off, and I noticed that while watching it.
March 26, 2012 at 1:35 am
@zeldamaster17 Exactly my point. It shows that the producers didn’t have a lot of money and wanted to put something together fast so they could earn money from a quite succesful book series. The results are bad, to say the least.
March 26, 2012 at 1:39 am
There were two major points of WTF-ery in this movie for me, not even counting the SW/LotR rip-offs/homages.
The first is when the good guy sneaks into the bad guy’s base, which he’s able to do easily because all of the bad guys walk around with hoods covering their faces. I remember just staring slack-jawed at the screen before saying “REALLY? …REALLY?”
The second was during the big climactic battle, when the evil wizard creates a dragon made of fire and darkness and sics it on the heroes. “What is that thing?” Eragon asks his dragon. “Dark magic!” she answers. “YOU DON’T SAY!” I said. “Gee, thanks, that’s very helpful information!”
March 26, 2012 at 1:45 am
As said before, this movie is awful, and I see the comparisons you mention, but the BOOKS are incredible. I didn’t watch the movie, but from what I heard, they messed up VITAL points from the book…such as the actual people involved in the last fight, even. Don’t want to spoil anything, but the wrong people fight each other in the movie from what I heard. That’s just one of many things I heard. The movie is crap, but don’t take that to mean that the books are as well. They’re some of my favorite reading I’ve ever done.
March 26, 2012 at 2:19 am
@BrianLouzon oh yes, and whatever you do dont watch the movie. its one less thing you have to do
March 26, 2012 at 3:13 am
@BrianLouzon Same for me I read the book when it first came out wasn’t that bad but after about a year or two i finally saw the movie and just like WTF is this. Not about the rip off or anything just in general
March 26, 2012 at 1:50 am
I remember seeing the printed adds in magazine at the time it was being advertised and thinking “eragon’? That sounds like a blatant rip-off.” Glad to see I wasn’t the only one.
March 26, 2012 at 1:54 am
The similarities between Stars Wars and Eragon are because they’re the Hero’s Journey, which is one of the major story styles in history. Harry Potter also falls into this category. That being said this movie sucked. Not because it it “ripped-off” Star Wars or LOTR, but because it destroyed what is a very good novel. It takes the basic idea of the Hero’s Journey and turns it on its head. The Hero isn’t some special godsend no he’s just a kid who got lucky.
March 26, 2012 at 3:08 am
@shadow51090 The only kid who got lucky was the 16 year old that wrote this book. I read the first one and didn’t bother with the rest. There Hero’s Journey doesn’t have to be generic like that.
March 26, 2012 at 3:17 am
@ZachChapman @shadow51090 We already know you don’t like it. You have commented on alot of other comments.
We know there are people that don’t like the movie, AND the books, but let us that liked the books be at peace.
March 26, 2012 at 1:56 am
There was never an Eragon 2 because they fucked up the ending so bad they’d have to redo the first one in order for the second iteration to make sense. The movie sucked hard in comparison to the book, it completely skipped about half the book as far as content goes. It’s one of those movies that needs to be redone properly to do the book justice.
March 26, 2012 at 1:58 am
-Who teaches Eragon how to use the force – I MEAN MAGIC
Laughed my head off xD
March 26, 2012 at 2:14 am
Movie sucked. Books sucked. Fact.
March 26, 2012 at 2:16 am
@TheModernGafa Yeah but Mike rules.
March 26, 2012 at 2:17 am
the books were actually good. and that thing they call a movie was so bad there aren’t really words to describe the hatred i feel for the people who thought they could do Eragon justice and then screw him over
March 26, 2012 at 2:20 am
Glad i never saw this film lol
March 26, 2012 at 2:22 am
I’m surprised I never noticed these things when I watched the movie in theaters. I guess I just liked the movie too much to notice. Maybe it also had to do with the fact that I wasn’t into film as much then as I am now because nowadays, I notice those things way more.
March 26, 2012 at 2:23 am
It was so crappy, they didn’t bother making the sequels.
March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am
Mike is awesome.
If you dont like my comment go bath with a toaster.
The books are brilliant though
Love you guys…BTW this movie is super lame but with Mike talking about it makes it worth it
Good point, But There’s a big difference with the romance thing, As Leia and Luke are Siblings, Of course that isn’t found out until later.
Eragon is a copy of Dragon Song.
Have anyone here ever heard of ” The hero’s journey”? That’s a really popular way of writting stories, so that’s way a lot of stories, like Eragon for example, feel like a rip off of something like Star Wars.
i wanna design a video game based on my two favorite franchises, resident evil and gran turismo and call it piss turisno bedfield.
i think mike tries too hard to fine those rip offs….i dont see it as a rip off
hahahaha great i never looked at it that way
Even Lucas acknowledges the influence that that kind of story telling had in Star Wars.
I love eragonnn!!!!!
so many rip offs!
Agree with Andres. Most fantasy/sci-fi movies follow a similar formula. It’s not a rip off necessarily. Granted, Eragon isn’t the most creative of the lot.
still waiting for the secuel….
He does bring up some valid points this video. Before it seemed a little more excessive. This videos a lot more precise.
March 26, 2012 at 2:32 am
That movie was terrible! And I didn’t care for the books either.
March 26, 2012 at 2:58 am
not to menchen it rips off a lot from the Dragon-Riders of Pern book series >.>
March 26, 2012 at 3:03 am
This video actually underplays the similarities. Eragon copies Episode IV nearly scene for scene, in the same order. At least most knockoffs have the decency to shuffle things around a little.
March 26, 2012 at 3:05 am
I hate when people yelling about other saying the movie is bad and then are like well did you read the book? Just look at the hunger games all they do is QQ about bad review going oh read the book, book this, book that. If we wanted to read a review of the book we’d go some where else.
March 26, 2012 at 3:10 am
@Furydeath I needed someone to say that.
March 26, 2012 at 6:06 am
You do not have to read the books to make comments on a movie, however, many comments on plot structure, the movie being a knockoff, and others hold less weight if the reviewer doesn’t know the source material. Did the original story have the same devices or have they been changed for the movie.
Reading the books gives comments more weight because the person making the comments is more knowledgeable.
Okay, Mike, I know you only saw the movie, but I know this was mentioned in the movie. The Varden is not a “place”. The Varden is the group of rebels that want to overthrow the Empire and replace Galbatorix with a ruler that will show kindness to his or her subjects
March 26, 2012 at 3:09 am
The movie was awful. I remember seeing it in theaters. The book was okay at best. I read the first one and got bored halfway through the second. The author has a lot to learn as far as originality is concerned.
March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am
Eragon = Mary Sue
I am afraid that I do have to disagree with you on this one. The movie I must admit was terrible, and not following the book on more than the basic story. Meaning that most likey the movie produsers where the ones that changed it in hope of cashing in on LotR and SW.
Yes there is some simularitis to LotR, like elves, dwarfs and evil creatures (Orkes for LotR, and I don’t remember the name on the Eragon ones). But arn’t those basic in all fantasy worlds?
Yes, yes I know I might be one of the few here who like it (the book series, not the movie of course). But before you knock on Christopher Paolini, read the books and learn what the story is about. Yes the primers of this book series can remind you of other books from time to time. But hey, to be the first book of a random kids favorite books/movies put together, it a pretty fun read and I recomend these for book lovers.
March 26, 2012 at 3:37 am
@Mike/Cinemassacre Yes, I think you mentioned it in the review. And it was pretty entertaining at that. But I read alot of hate comments from people, and put the “you” in there instead of “you people”.
But I still recomend the book series, it’s a pretty fun read.
March 26, 2012 at 3:43 am
@Mike/Cinemassacre @SmithKO89 I agree with what SmithKO89 stated, and understand you didn’t read the book and are just analyzing the movie. But you did state it seemed like Chris just threw his two favorite series together, and you explained this by analyzing the movie. In fact the scenes you spoke about speak more to the director than author of the books.
March 26, 2012 at 4:05 am
@Mike/Cinemassacre I also forgot to mention. And it is no big mistake, but if you had read the book you’d know this:
Comparing “Murtagh” with “Han Solo” is just wrong, only because he saved “Eragon’s” life… he is more like “Anakin Skywalker” because he turnes to the King (or in your mind, “Darth Sidious”) and becomes and evil knight (or “Darth Vader”), and “Darth Vader” saved “Luke’s” (or “Eragon’s”) life also.
March 26, 2012 at 3:16 am
as for your last words in this review XD i may be mistaken but there is an eragon sequel in production… sooo there is no hope for humanity lol
March 26, 2012 at 3:20 am
This movie was terrible I agree. But I quite enjoyed the series of books. Do the books borrow elements from Lord of the Rings? (Which by the way is my fav book series) Yes it does, BUT! Name me a fantasy book/series that doesn’t…..what’s that? You can’t?
March 26, 2012 at 3:21 am
Whoever made this movie should be shot – they couldnt even get basic elements from the books right and butchered what could have potencial been another LOTR set of films ; but know, the director had to cock it up…
March 26, 2012 at 3:26 am
The biggest LOTR Rip off? = Harry Potter!
March 26, 2012 at 3:40 am
@latouffe Can you explain that?
March 26, 2012 at 3:55 am
@latouffe How is it a rip-off?
March 26, 2012 at 4:24 am
I like that the books had elements of LOTR in them. That’s the kind of novel I like! You can read the LOTR trilogy, then read Inheritance and you have 7 awesome books! But I wish whoever made the Eragon movie had taken a page from Peter Jackson’s book (and I’m from New Zealand btw woo!) and made the Eragon movie longer, more epic, and more relevant to the book! and with a better suited cast
March 26, 2012 at 4:29 am
I actually disagree for once. I thought that Eragon was lika a GOOD version of the ring-series.
March 26, 2012 at 4:30 am
There is this really general plot structure of the hero’s journey (cf. e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth ) which many stories employ. The real question is: when is it copying? when is it truly derivative? To me, while it is far from a good movie, Eragon appeared not to be that bad of a rip-off as displayed here.
March 26, 2012 at 4:36 am
As for copying the plot from Star Wars? Really?
So the most frequently used plot in movie history was invented by Star Wars? Come on Mike! Whats next in SW-rip-offs: The Matrix?
March 26, 2012 at 4:39 am
I never noticed how much it did rip everything offI find there were tons of movies in the 00′s that were like that, total rip offs of classic films
March 26, 2012 at 4:41 am
Appalling film. Books are good though.
March 26, 2012 at 4:56 am
I haven’t personally read the books, but a friend of mine that did said they screwed up the plot so bad that they pretty much can’t make a sequel based on any of the later books without completely rewriting the story.
March 26, 2012 at 5:15 am
Mike, if you want to use the similar plotline as a star wars rip off you can basically make these types of videos on almost any adventure story. And although you admit you haven’t read the books you have to understand that some of these things that you’re complaining about isn’t conjured up in the movie, but the book. The movie was “supposedly” based on the book. So I guess what i’m saying is that the book was a rip off from the movies. You can’t blame the movie for following the book’s plotline. I’m a longtime fan of your videos, but I just felt like this video wasn’t right.
March 26, 2012 at 6:09 am
So your point is that one cannot blame the movie for following the book – I believe otherwise. I agree with you that there are so many movies out there that resemble star wars; of course it does, star wars ‘itself’ is full of cliches. The very reason why the old star wars trilogy was so appealing to many is how they captured the most sympathizing (feeling alike, literally) the best. Joseph Campbell wrote a book about archetypes, if you’d look for a related fun reading.
I think Mike’s point is that this movie did not try to capture the viewers’ in any way, if not blatantly stealing classics’ techniques and characters. I thought the same when I first saw this movie. There are moments tLotR film had altered in terms of narrating, and sometimes they worked – that’s how they attracted fans new AND old.
In short, I just can’t agree that one can be free of blame because 1) no movie can be 100% unique or 2) movie was simply picturing what book was describing. Besides, it is almost transparent that the movie tried to take advantage of using clips that were proven to be effective.
March 26, 2012 at 5:53 am
Terrible movie? YesGreat Rifftrax? HELL YES!!! It is a fantastic experience to watch this ripoff factory with friends whilst Mike, Bill & Kevin are playing in the background adding fuel to the fire =)
Terrible movie? Yes Great Rifftrax? HELL YES!!! It is a fantastic experience to watch this ripoff factory with friends whilst Mike, Bill & Kevin are playing in the background adding fuel to the fire =)
March 26, 2012 at 5:58 am
The movie did completely suck, but not for any of the reasons that you mentioned. Is it a knockoff of the Star Wars plot structure? Probably, since it was written by a 16 year old kid who was a huge sci fi fan, however, lets not act like Star Wars was the end all of movie plots. If you are going to point out a plot structure rip off as opposed to a rip off of direct scenes (like from LOTR) then you at least have to point out that Star Wars is basically a greek tradgedy set in space. The story structure of Star Wars has been around for thousands of years and is by no means original.
Eragon is bad because the source material is bad. It reads like it was written by a 16 year old and is more of a knock off of the LOTR books than the Star Wars movies.
March 26, 2012 at 6:05 am
@Count Dantes I agree.
SW was hardly “original” to begin with. So to claim something rips off SW…but what did SW ”rip off” first?
March 26, 2012 at 6:12 am
Lol, eldest and goldstar or whatever are on they way bitch. Why? because they 16 year old wrote the books before they were movies, same with lord of the rings.
March 26, 2012 at 6:13 am
i remember seeing this when I was like 10 & I was bored as fuck! Haha maybe it has something to do with my hatrid for LotR
March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am
Such a disgustingly shitty movie…
I remember falling asleep during that POS movie when it was in theaters. I want my $12 back.
It’s so hard to come up with original content these days that “ripping off” is inevitable. The stereotypes that we draw to our favorite franchises are the major selling points. Did you know that The Lion King is a disney adaptation of Hamlet. Whether or not those stereotypes are pulled off correctly is an entirely different story that involves the writers’ talents.
book series: quite good and descent, even there a lot of inspiration from Lord of the rings and Star wars, but come on? he was 16 (Y)
Film: horrible, they read the short story on the back of the book and made it into a film. Better luck next time
Lion king ripped off hamlet? Kind of a stretch.. try kimba.
I enjoyed the books in the Eragon series, even if it was quite obvious that Paolini pulled a lot of inspiration from LotR and the Hero’s Quest story structure (just as Star Wars did before it). Though the series isn’t fantastic, it’s far better than the movie, and there are VERY VERY few things the movie did even passably well. They so fucked the story from the first book that in order to even proceed with a sequel following the second book’s story, they’d have to retcon the entire 2nd half of the first film. Mike makes some very good points, but for the most part they are wholly descriptive of the movie itself, and not the books, though the books do share some of the traits mentioned.
The only way to do the Inheritance series any justice is to forget about this shitty movie and make a new one that actually represents the story. The books were fantastic, and this movie gives them a terrible reputaion.
I remember watching this before reading the books thinking it was okay, then after reading the books me and my girlfriend watched out again and I had to turn it of cause I felt physically sick at how terrible it is. The actor they chose to be Brom was the only good thing about it.
Google search for “Eragon- The Greatest Movie Ever Made”
A friend of me recently made the official Song for the new Eragon 4 book, in chase there going to make a crappy movie out of this one … at least there will be good music.
I mean imagine the Eragon Movie with this Soundtrack… its like Star Wars with Dragons and Metal Music … epic!
The books are great – whoever made this movie needs to be shot; this could have been another huge franchaise for the big screen… but no, director couldnt even get basic elements from the books done properly – ty for butchering a brilliant franchaise
Why are people trying defend the first book? It might have been fun when we were younger, but now I look at it in disgust it rips so much off from Star Wars. Ugh.
This movie has one of the all time best rifftrax.
it probably has to do with how they made the movie; the book, which i have never read, might not be the most original creation out there, but let’s give it the benefit of the doubt and say it was an ok book.
the movie itself was kind of ‘meh’ to me. a bad movie would leave an impression. this one didn’t.
Trust me, the book is just as horrid. The first one is bearable if overripe on the purple, but any book series that has you rooting for the Empire by Book 2 is doing something horribly wrong.
But the books are incredible!! I’m sad they messed up the film so much
I put this on the worst movie ever made. That is if u read the book. It doesn’t follow it hardly at all!
The first (and only) time I saw it I immediately noticed you can match pretty much every character to one in A New Hope.
I’m a big fan of the books. Have been since the series started. I remember being really excited when I heard there was going to be a movie adaptation, and how disappointed I was when I came out of the theater.
I think it´s a copy of “the lord of the ring” more then Star Wars ….
So are there dragons in Star Wars? Lol
The books are not terrible but sure aren’t original also. I must confess I didn’t notice any similiarities with SW untill I watched Distress Watcher review of the movie on Thatguywiththeglasses.com, but I can see it clearly now. Although i appreciated the first 3 books, I got disappointed with the fact the autor decided to come up with a fourth book just as soon he released the third one. Now I’m not really that much interested in the series anymore, although I’m going to read the last book just for the sake of finishing it.
Do the books also rip SW off?