Eragon (2006)

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.

Comments

  • DaveyDeathRay

    March 26, 2012 at 12:06 am

    This movie is dreadful.  Made watchable by Rifftrax.

  • Randy Robling

    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

    • tehkyle00

      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.

  • Randy Robling

    March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    *honestlly

  • Simon Belmont

    March 26, 2012 at 12:16 am

    poor John Malkovich :5

  • MattHerrick

    March 26, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Saw this when it came out.It was shit back then, too. 

  • March 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I never knew…

  • March 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

    First like!

    • Zergy

      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.

  • kaneda_bjf

    March 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

    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?

    • lilspaceheater

      March 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

       @kaneda_bjf 

    • lilspaceheater

      March 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

       @kaneda_bjf Ah “Mac & Me”….skittles and coke 24/7

    • lilspaceheater

      March 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

       @kaneda_bjf Ah “Mac & Me”….skittles and coke 24/7

  • Nanankix

    March 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

    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.

    • tehkyle00

      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.

  • Doogrisa

    March 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Its Mothersuckin Sunday!

  • raven123

    March 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

    when are you going to do more game glitchers???

  • Thiaren

    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 :P The movie WAS a blatant rip off, and I noticed that while watching it.

    • Thiaren

      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.

  • grimnebulin

    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!”

  • BrianLouzon

    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.

    • ravoya

      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

    • Furydeath

      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

  • FiftyQuid

    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.

  • shadow51090

    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.

    • ZachChapman

      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.

      • SmithKO89

        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.

  • Optinonymous Prime

    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.

  • FilmForce

    March 26, 2012 at 1:58 am

    -Who teaches Eragon how to use the force – I MEAN MAGIC
     
    Laughed my head off xD

  • TheModernGafa

    March 26, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Movie sucked. Books sucked. Fact.

    • PH4LLU5T1NE

      March 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

       @TheModernGafa Yeah but Mike rules.

  • ravoya

    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

  • AzimRazaque

    March 26, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Glad i never saw this film lol

  • SeanFrye

    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.

  • GTS Joe

    March 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

    It was so crappy, they didn’t bother making the sequels.

  • Ken Hall

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Mike is awesome.

  • Ken Hall

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    If you dont like my comment go bath with a toaster.

  • Alex Kiratzi

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The books are brilliant though

  • Ledjin Rivera

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Love you guys…BTW this movie is super lame but with Mike talking about it makes it worth it

  • Andrew Micheal Klingenberger

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    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.

  • Jordan Garcia

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Eragon is a copy of Dragon Song.
    Nuff Said.

  • Andres ZombiemanPrime Guzman

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    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.
    http://www.thewritersjourney.com/graphictwo.gif

  • Gabe Ward

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    i wanna design a video game based on my two favorite franchises, resident evil and gran turismo and call it piss turisno bedfield.

  • Liam Jordan

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    i think mike tries too hard to fine those rip offs….i dont see it as a rip off

  • Dave Baggerman

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    hahahaha great i never looked at it that way

  • Andres ZombiemanPrime Guzman

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Even Lucas acknowledges the influence that that kind of story telling had in Star Wars.

  • Edd Lumby

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I love eragonnn!!!!!

  • Ryan Zardous Smith

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    so many rip offs!

  • Errol Stewart

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    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.

  • Errol Stewart

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    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.

  • Mads Krog Riis

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    still waiting for the secuel….

  • Mads Krog Riis

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    still waiting for the secuel….

  • Hayden Kellogg

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    He does bring up some valid points this video. Before it seemed a little more excessive. This videos a lot more precise.

  • Hayden Kellogg

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

    He does bring up some valid points this video. Before it seemed a little more excessive. This videos a lot more precise.

  • Kraelich

    March 26, 2012 at 2:32 am

    That movie was terrible! And I didn’t care for the books either.

  • SamualRobertChristensen

    March 26, 2012 at 2:58 am

    not to menchen it rips off a lot from the Dragon-Riders of Pern book series >.>

  • OrinBishop

    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.

  • Furydeath

    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.

    • ZachChapman

      March 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

       @Furydeath I needed someone to say that.
       

    • Count Dantes

      March 26, 2012 at 6:06 am

       @Furydeath
       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.

  • Mikazuki

    March 26, 2012 at 3:05 am

    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

  • ZachChapman

    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.
     

  • BrandeX

    March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Eragon = Mary Sue

  • SmithKO89

    March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

    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.

    • SmithKO89

      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.

    • dcmarks12

      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.

    • SmithKO89

      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:
       
      Book @Spoiler
       
      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.
      Just saying.

  • malice936

    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

  • TheWoj316

    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?

  • JosephConnell

    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…

  • latouffe

    March 26, 2012 at 3:26 am

    The biggest LOTR Rip off? = Harry Potter!

  • SimonHD

    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

  • JoelVikestig

    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.

  • taranes

    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. :)

  • JoelVikestig

    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?

  • DomBoileau

    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

  • JoshDibble

    March 26, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Appalling film. Books are good though.

  • DavidPreston

    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.

  • BubbaBryant

    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.

    • lorein

      March 26, 2012 at 6:09 am

       @BubbaBryant 
      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.

  • WilliamMitchell

    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 =)

  • WilliamMitchell

    March 26, 2012 at 5:53 am

    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 =)

  • Count Dantes

    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.

    • senna4ever

      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?

  • JohnRose

    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.

  • OlaviPössi

    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 :D 

  • Shane LaVassaur

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Such a disgustingly shitty movie…

  • Andy Forrester

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I remember falling asleep during that POS movie when it was in theaters. I want my $12 back.

  • Ian Sharpe

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Martin Lund

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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

  • Brian Mikula

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Lion king ripped off hamlet? Kind of a stretch.. try kimba.

  • Alan Silsby

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Justin Walz

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Matthew Wobbuffet Musgrave

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Matthew Wobbuffet Musgrave

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Neil Purcell

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Google search for “Eragon- The Greatest Movie Ever Made”

  • Lars Leo Linde

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

    http://youtu.be/OqebO91FTVY

    I mean imagine the Eragon Movie with this Soundtrack… its like Star Wars with Dragons and Metal Music … epic!

  • Joseph Connell

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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

  • Shane LaVassaur

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • James Cotton

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This movie has one of the all time best rifftrax.

  • Putu Agung Wija Putera

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Máté Tuba

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Connie Elen Hurley

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    But the books are incredible!! I’m sad they messed up the film so much

  • Adrien Baldauf

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I put this on the worst movie ever made. That is if u read the book. It doesn’t follow it hardly at all!

  • Connie Elen Hurley

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    But the books are incredible!! I’m sad they messed up the film so much

  • Peter Hardy

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    The first (and only) time I saw it I immediately noticed you can match pretty much every character to one in A New Hope.

  • Micah James Lewis Snow

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Christian Lopez Gil

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    haha

  • Christian Lopez Gil

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    haha

  • Anders Erhard Wikberg

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I think it´s a copy of “the lord of the ring” more then Star Wars ….

  • Anders Erhard Wikberg

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I think it´s a copy of “the lord of the ring” more then Star Wars ….

  • Renee J. Ferguson

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    So are there dragons in Star Wars? Lol

  • Gabriel Fonseca

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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.

  • Dan Rogers

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Do the books also rip SW off?

  • MikeKent

    March 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I actually read the book, and I can tell you that this was the worst butchering of a book in a movie I have ever experienced.

  • Tyler Bird

    March 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

    the first book is great, the second is great, but the 3rd, and 4th? Their Amazing! the movie sucked though.

  • EliasMitterer

    March 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

    the books were awesome and amazing but the movie was a huge bag of fuck

  • TeemuTirri

    March 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I would like to point out that while the movei was horrible, the book series worked quite well, despite their cliched nature.

  • March 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I dunno anything about Eragon or LOTR since I can’t fucking stand any of that dragons and wizards bullshit, but technically speaking I think you did a good job of putting this episode together.

  • MarkCanner

    March 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I remember seeing this film, never liked it myself. There was never anything original about the film, I agree that there is a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism and this film is pretty much ripping off not one but two films.

  • VinceEdwardBardsley

    March 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Read the books they are good, and yes they are Star Wars rip offs. But Dursa is not Darth Vader, finish book 2 and you will see who Darth Vader is.

  • March 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Last thing I was expecting was a reference to “Press Your Luck”. Awesome. The Whammies were great.

  • March 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Books don`t feel like rip-off but movie do? Probably it`s because when you read you imaging your own scenes and images. But movie director`s imagination pretty close to LOTR and SW and that is a shame. He simple could make it`s more original if he wanted to. The similarities are made intentionally, let me guess – the director is 16 years old too and sci-fi fan? (joking)

  • luigikrak

    March 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    read the book moron its nothing like the movie!!! its one of the worst addaptation of a good book i have ever seen!

    • Bubel

      March 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Did`nt you heard disclaimer in first minute of the video? You don`t like movie, Mike don`t like movie – what the problem then? @luigikrak

    • March 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

       @luigikrak
       Seems to me there are way too many people online these days too quick to start with the name calling. I personally believe it’s a sign of a weak individual that uses insults like “Moron”, or the ever popular “Idiot”. Little do they realize by throwing insults like that around their only defining themselves. But that’s just my own opinion, make of it what you will.

      • March 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

         @Deadlyrazorwings  @luigikrak My personal favorites are “fucktard” and “go eat a dick”. These kids are a wellspring of originality.

      • TheProfessor

        March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

         @Deadlyrazorwings
         well said…

  • necrom23

    March 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

    If you liked Star Wars and LOTR then why not enjoy this movie?  Even rip-offs are fun to watch from time to time.  And especially with riff-trax.

  • MarcusBrody

    March 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Sorry, but who put the spell on the water in Fellowship? Erowyn? Aerowen?
    In the movie it is Arwen. Eowyn is that blonde chick from Rohan. (In the books it’s an elf called Glorfindel who rescues Frodo by giving him his horse Asfaloth and stays behind with Aragorn and the Hobbits. The waterspell was spoken by Elrond with  the aid of gandalf, who produced the horses in the waves)
    Sorry to geek out here, but what would you say if I call the Hero Turtles like, John , Paul, George and Ringo….

    • March 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

       @MarcusBrody … the same thing he would say if you called the Ninja Turtles the “Hero Turtles”.

      • metalcommand

        March 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

         @Big McLargehuge  @MarcusBrody In Europe it’s called the ‘Hero Turtles’.

      • March 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

         @metalcommand  @MarcusBrody I know, and in the movie it was Arwen who did the spell.
         
        … it was a joke.

      • MarcusBrody

        March 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

         @Big McLargehuge  @metalcommand ..and Paul Mcdonalds was the lead singer.
        BTW who sang the ‘Hero Turtle’ Theme Song.
        It was Frank Zander.
        Was he in Boney M?
        Almost.
        Cleared things up, I guess.

  • heliocentra

    March 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

    nice review mike. I agree with you 100%

  • deadbydawn

    March 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

    your a genius

  • lava1o

    March 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

    the books are quite good but i dont blame you for not reading them their quite lengthy… but the film is a horrible mess leaving out so many things from the book, even important plot vise stuff  so yeah… 

  • AmberFeind

    March 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Well, the first book was written before the release of the third LotR movie, but then again the book is like an entirely different story.  Honestly, based on the review and what you pointed out and based on what I’ve read of the book and seen in the movie, the movie takes more from Star Wars and LotR than the book it was based on.  It was an extremely poor representation of a pretty good book (series).  Which is unfortunate because I am a fan of the guy who plays Brom.  :)

    • March 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

       @AmberFeind Yeah, Jeremy Irons is the shit. Too bad his career went in this direction, and that godawful Dungeons and Dragons movie. Actually, that movie had a certain charm when I think about it.

  • JohnChristopherDyer

    March 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Right this movie was a big ass pile of shit.

  • ZidaneTribal

    March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Sorry, Eragon fags, but the books suck but not as much as the movie. There’s this particular elf character who is the biggest Mary Sue I’ve ever seen or read.

  • DorkishWon

    March 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

    the lord of the ring ripoffs are more or less coincidental but the ripoffs from starwars in this cinematic representation are quite clear. the books were most likely starwars modeled but not to the extreme of the movie

  • Jeffdesertfox420

    March 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    James, getting kinda sick of hearing Mikes voice, I like you, not Mike. Starting to lose interest in your site, and I have been coming here since 2008. He’s cool and all, but I don’t care enough about him to want to hear his opinion. Sorry to bag on your friend.
     

    • mypcgeek

      March 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

       @Jeffdesertfox420 Dude he is making a movie! At least we have something to view until the movie has finished.  So quit your bitching.

    • xXxSAYAINxXx

      March 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

       @Jeffdesertfox420  Can you please fuck off?It’s slime like you that ruin anything that is even remotely good or worth time.You don’t have to watch the video-no one’s forcing you.I highly doubt James cares what some lowly inane waste of life like you has to say about a god and a FRIEND like Mike.If you were to die,right now,the world would immediately become a better place(almost instantaneously).

    • TheProfessor

      March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

       @Jeffdesertfox420
       You people ragging on ‘jeffdesertfox420′ need to chill seriously and stop being such fanboys. All this guy did was express his opinion. And he did it in a very civilized and non-offensive way. James needs feedback from all his fans to know what the people want, not just those who kiss his ass. It’s ironic that James makes his living from a character whose sole purpose is criticising, yet you people can’t take it when someone else so much as whispers a suggestion or gives a little constructive criticism. Grow up.

      • March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

         @TheProfessor  @Jeffdesertfox420 Saying you’re sick of someone’s voice and that you don’t like them is certainly an opinion, but I would hardly call it civilized or non-offensive. Not very constructive at all.

      • TheProfessor

        March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

         @Big McLargehuge  @Jeffdesertfox420
         I knew someone would say that, but he said “kinda” sick and he’s “cool and all” and even apologized for his opinion and mentioned that he’s a long time fan. Seems fairly respectable to me. At least compared to 99% of the tactless trolling idiots we encounter online. Seriously, let’s say you can’t stand Mike…. how would you have said it?

      • March 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

         @TheProfessor  @Jeffdesertfox420 I wouldn’t have. I like to keep personal opinions of other people to myself, although I’ve been known to rag on trolls from time to time.

    • murphy2112

      March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

       @Jeffdesertfox420 If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Don’t even click on it. Don’t give it the traffic. That’s what people pay attention to, not just an expression of opinion.

  • RaaceJEwing

    March 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The reason why I think there was an Eragon 2 was because they just wanted to get people interested in the movie so they would read the upcoming books.

  • JelmerJansen1

    March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Roger Ebert or something said that only a nine year old with no real knowledge of star wars movies would like the movie… Lucky me :). 

  • DerManiac

    March 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This was actually a pretty good review! To be honest, I’m not usually a big fan of Mike’s videos. They are not bad, but also nothing too special. But this one I really enjoyed. Keep it up!

  • March 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    i love how the uncle dies, oh, what’s that from? FUCKING STARWARS!

  • Sirkrozz

    March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    LOTR is THE instruction manual on how to tell an epic tale.

  • 3dfeldt

    March 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

    but to be fair, there are only two ways to make a movie (dramaturgic way and epic way), and a number of different characters with a relation between the leadcharacter. so star wars is sort of a ripoff of seven samurai, or at least, it’s the same story told in two different way. but the resemblance between screenshots with lotr is undefendable
     

  • Tyler Mathis

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I remember I took my girlfriend on our first ever date to that movie.

  • Tyler Bird

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    @Dan if your looking for it, there’s a few plot element comparable to SW, but unless you know that their there, you wouldn’t realise it.

  • Tyler Bird

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    @Gabriel he only did the fourth because he couldn’t fit it all in the third. he never planned a 4th untill he was getting near the end of the 3rd.

  • Patrick Karasch

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Eragon movie sucked camel dicks.

  • Colin David Lawrence Beaupré

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Ha!

  • Emmanuel Ramirez

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I’m still waiting for the sequel …….jk

  • Juan Pablo Ramirez

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    well, i guess eragon steals from harry potter and the matrix too, they all have actors and dialog… and special effects and bad guys, and good guys… wow dragon…what a rip off

  • Simon Johansson

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    never thought that Eragon was a Star wars ripoff. Awesome work Mike!

  • Matthias Keller

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I find it hilarious that Mike looked at it… because Michael J. Nelson of MST3K/Rifftrax riffed it with Kevin Murphy. Go get it. It’s funny.

  • Christian Stewart

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    cool

  • Raphaël Prévost

    March 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Great Series of book but Shitty movie adaptation :/

  • CarlVader

    March 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    the inheritance books aren’t at all ripoffs of anything. they use some classical story structures (just like both star wars and lord of the rings do). I’m a huge fan of the books, but I will agree that the movie misrepresented the plot in ways that do seem like blatent rip offs. personally, i hated the movie, mostly because it butchered and jumbled the story into something that was barely recognizable. Elements such as a forgotten hero disguising himself as a village bum or outcast can be found in stories told way before starwars was written. this outcast then befriending the protagonist and then having the bad guys kill him is also a classical plot device (one which george lucas certainly didn’t pioneer) which is used as inspiration for the protagonist to begin his quest. also, the destruction and of a previously establish force for good (dragonriders, jedi) by the main antagonist is yet another story element that has been used by countless heroic tales. you are quite deluded if you think that george lucas was the first to follow these trends. as a story writer he followed a basic schematic for storytelling, just like all other authors do. the originality lies in the details and how these storytelling “molds” are arranged in the story’s development. if you were to read the books, mike, you would be able to recognize the originality of the story instead of simply pointing out generic plot devices that have been used and reused more than you’ll ever realize.

  • OfficialJab

    March 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Using the word ‘stolen’ makes it seem very malicious. You shouldn’t assume that they were consciously trying to rip anything off.

  • CarlVader

    March 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

    HEY MIKE! you know what’s BULLSSHIIITT?! you not having read the books before dragging a whole franchise through the dirt. simply commenting that this is “only about the movie” doesn’t really help when you blatently accuse paolini (the author of the BOOKS, not the movie) of stealing things from his favorite franchises. Peter Buchman wrote the sceenplay that was “loosely based on the book by Christopher Paolini”. your beef is with him, not Paolini.
     
    the inheritance books aren’t at all ripoffs of anything. they use some classical story structures (just like both star wars and lord of the rings do). I’m a huge fan of the books, but I will agree that the movie misrepresented the plot in ways that do seem like blatent rip offs. personally, i hated the movie, mostly because it butchered and jumbled the story into something that was barely recognizable. Elements such as a forgotten hero disguising himself as a village bum or outcast can be found in stories told way before starwars was written. this outcast then befriending the protagonist and then having the bad guys kill him is also a classical plot device (one which george lucas certainly didn’t pioneer) which is used as inspiration for the protagonist to begin his quest. also, the destruction and of a previously establish force for good (dragonriders, jedi) by the main antagonist is yet another story element that has been used by countless heroic tales. you are quite deluded if you think that george lucas was the first to follow these trends. as a story writer he followed a basic schematic for storytelling, just like all other authors do. the originality lies in the details and how these storytelling “molds” are arranged in the story’s development. if you were to read the books, mike, you would be able to recognize the originality of the story instead of simply pointing out generic plot devices that have been used and reused more than you’ll ever realize.

    • sircorvus

      March 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

       @CarlVader This was a review of the movie, not the book series. The MOVIE should stand on its own, without needed the books to explain anything within that medium. While I agree with you on the fact that Lucas and Tolkien borrowed heavily from other iconic plot devices, they re-popularized them greatly and arguably to the point of practically making them their own. Also, the film came out in a time when many like it were riding on the success waves generated by the Lord of the Rings films. You can’t ignore that fact, it’s pretty evident.

      • CarlVader

        March 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

         @sircorvus  @CarlVader again, i agree that movie misrepresented the story in ways that made them seem like blatent ripoffs. my big problem is that he accuses paolini, the author of the books, NOT the movie, of stealing things from other franchises. his accusations should be aimed at peter buchman who wrote the screenplay. and the elements i pointed out are from both the movie and books, so they are relevant to this movie review.

      • Sirkrozz

        March 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

         @CarlVader 
        “Common Sense Media called Eragon’s dialogue “long-winded” and “clichéd”, with a plot “straight out of Star Wars by way of The Lord of the Rings, with bits of other great fantasies thrown in here and there.” The website did concede that the book is a notable achievement for such a young author, and that it would be “appreciated” by younger fans.”
        -About the entry “Eragon” in Wikipedia, in which the critic isn’t even taking into account the movie. So well.

      • CarlVader

        March 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

         @Sirkrozz again, critics are making the same error as mike, the story elements that starwars and LOTR utilize were not pioneered by them. personally i love the story, i found it just as compelling as the star wars story, if not more so. star wars was never a masterpiece in my eyes, awesome, sure, but it was no LOTR. and if you’re looking for long-winded then look no further than the LOTR books. things needed to be cut short in order to achieve the masterpieces that are the movies.

      • Sirkrozz

        March 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

         @CarlVader Well, so you’re a fan of Eragon’s books; that’s clear. It seems you wanna point out the screenplay as main reason for the movie being a Ripoff-er.
        Pointing out things in that way is respectable to me.; starting a “you know what’s bullshit” comment and then making out helluva ruckus  about what things Star Wars or LOTR have “stolen” from other sources in order to defend what you admire, i think is not.
         
        And i don’t get what you say about “long-winded” (I’m a native spanish speaker, sorry). Did the newer versions of LOTR books have been cut? I’ve read the “before the idea of a movie ever existed” book 3 times in a row, so i didn’t know that, if that was what you meant.

      • CarlVader

        March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

         @Sirkrozz you’ve completely missed my point. I’m not in any way advocating that any franchise stole ANYTHING. my point is that plot devices such as the ones that have been pointed out have been used many times before starwars, LOTR or inheritance existed. just because a writer uses a similar story schematic doesn’t mean he’s stealing anything. if paolini had included a character with an energy sword called marth baber i would agree that he was stealing things, or if he wrote about magical rings created by some dark lord that enslaved the wearers.
         
        my point is that authors these days aren’t pioneering plot elements. as i said earlier, the originality lies in the details and how they connect these pre-existing plot devices to create a unique story structure.
         
        and i meant the original LOTR books are long winded. the movies cut down the story content in the books. they removed the unnecessary and dull parts and focused on the most epic parts. the movies were masterpieces, the books were not.

    • Alexander Brandt

      March 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

       @CarlVader Frankly, Eragon is a shit book, too, and that’s coming from another author. It features some of the crappiest characterization this side of Twilight.

      • CarlVader

        March 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

         @Alexander Brandt for an author you sure don’t put much effort into writing your comments. elaborate and make a proper argument or be quiet.

      • Alexander Brandt

        March 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

         @CarlVader I’m not obligated to leave an essay in response to your vomit.

    • Dumac_Dwarfking

      March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  • SimasMildosVaikas

    March 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

    All my life i knew this movie was a total SW ripoff but nobody believed me.But now the truth has reach the surface :D

  • CarlVader

    March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    oh, and i’d like to say that this isn’t the first franchise that peter buchman has ruined, he also wrote jurassic park III… ‘nuf said.

  • Jayeff

    March 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

    wow you ripped that poor kid’s movie apart man, I bet he’s in bed crying right now ;3

  • Gentleman737

    March 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I totally understand your point of view about the movie. And you said, you heard about people thinking the books are good. Well, i’ve read the books, and eventhough there are certain similarities to the star wars or the lord of the rings series, you have to keep in mind, the author was sixteen when he wrote the first book. In the later books, the story evolves, and gets much better, and I think it isn’t that much of a rip-off. And also, what actually really bugs me, have you ever heard someone who read the books, say the movie was good? The movie is the biggest shit ever, it’s nothing like the book, the book is so much better. And I think i speak for everyone who read the books.

    • Alexander Brandt

      March 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

       @Gentleman737 I’m actually one of those people who prefers the movie to the book, but only slightly. As a writer, Eragon the novel makes me wretch. It’s filled with some of the crappiest characterization this side of Twilight and features one of the most overpowered Canon-Sues in literature.

      • CarlVader

        March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

         @Alexander Brandt  @Gentleman737 again, strange opinion for a writer, liking movies more than books. what exactly do you write? those jokes they print on novelty toilet paper?

      • Alexander Brandt

        March 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

         @CarlVader An author need not display natural preference for books. Having read Eragon and seen the movie, I decided that as bad as both were, I found the movie more entertaining.

    • Khameleon

      March 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

       @Gentleman737 I’ve never seen anyone say a movie was better than the original book. Ever.

      • March 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

         @Khameleon  @Gentleman737 Jaws was better than the book it was based on. Way better. So there’s one.

      • JoshuaLeshner

        March 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

         @Big McLargehuge I kinda disagree with you there. I have read both the book and watched the movie (I’m kind of fan of Peter Benchley). Now this is my opinion, but I think the book is a little better than the movie. Sure there are parts I don’t like of the novel, but its not because they were bad or anything (like the part where the young science guy actually has an affair with Brody’s wife, but hey he got his comeuppance, he gets killed by the shark) but generally, it kept me really invested in it. What I’m trying to say is, even if the movie is supposedly better than the book, there are still gonna be some people who like the book better than the movie.

      • March 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

         @JoshuaLeshner Fair enough, I respect your opinion. It’s funny though because what you liked about the novel is exactly what I didn’t like about it. The book was called Jaws but it was more about this heavy love triangle between the three leads set amongst that backdrop of shark attacks. I found it more like a soap opera and found it very boring and there wasn’t a single likeable character in it, except maybe Quint.
         
        The movie was much more suspensful because you cared about the characters and liked them. You wanted them to survive, so when they were in danger, you really felt the danger too.

      • JoshuaLeshner

        March 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

         @Big McLargehuge Actually, we both have the same basic opinion of the book. I didn’t like but I didn’t really mind the Soap Operahish story as much, because that is pretty much what you get when you read big adult novels. The assholeish characters….yeah, at least some of them got their comeuppance. But you got to admit any event of the book with the shark involved was action packed and suspenseful like the movie. I frequently found myself glued to the action.

      • March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

         @JoshuaLeshner Yeah, the book was well written. I will say that. I did enjoy it to a degree. I read it 20 years ago and still remember it quite well. That’s got to say something for it.

      • 19Szabolcs91

        March 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

         @Khameleon  @Gentleman737 There are quite a few examples. Like One flew over a cuckoo’s nest.

  • TheRealMovieBoy

    March 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I never thought in a million years that James or Mike would even watch this movie, let alone review it, but I’m glad they did. I never even thought how much it rips off “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars”. After ‘Rings’, I just kinda excepted that visual style for all fantasy films. In my own opinion, “Eragon” was not THAT bad a movie. Read the book and compare the two, and the film is doomed. But on it’s own, it’s a decent summer flick. Was it way less epic and amazing then it should have been, oh god yes, but every time I watch it, I find myself enjoying it. I’ve never taken this movie seriously after seeing it for the first time in theatres. I just watch it to see some sword clashing, dragons fighting and hilariously bad acting. Oh, and some Jeremy Irons awesomeness.

  • kairo

    March 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Well I kind of liked book…But movie sucked asshole of elephant suffering from diarrhea!!! 

  • Marvipe

    March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Eragon the Movie is a festering piece of Horse Shit.
     
    the books are pretty good. I like them. and yeah, don’t criticize the author.  Lucas used plenty of pre existing story telling methods, but that doesn’t mean other people who do are ripping him off, or “Stealing” them. Lucas does not own them……I’ve actually had this argument with people before. I totally don’t get how every one thinks just because some one makes a story, every and all stories that have similar characteristics are automatically rip-offs. so, what, no one is ever allowed to make a story like that again? that’s such a stupid way of thinking…

    • DavidRayJacobLyons

      March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

       @Marvipe Thank you!

  • GerardDelatour

    March 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    The main guy being linked to the dragon reminds me of DragonHeart.  In fact … it’s EXACTLY like DragonHeart, right down to the “if one dies, the other dies” bit.

    • CarlVader

      March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

       @GerardDelatour yeah, because that was an original plot device pioneered in dragonheart. right.

  • petgr138

    March 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

     @gamez Yeah, painful because that stoned guy is obviously criticizing Mike’s review for doing exactly what he is doing with his bashing :)

  • xdyuxd

    March 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The Eragon moovie is SHIT, really. The books are like, faaaaaaaaaaaar better than the moovie, and Durza is not like Darth Vader, because eragon kills durza in the second book.

  • DarioMachadoGarcia

    March 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    yeah, fuck that shit

  • Mechanerd1

    March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I don’t think Mike knows of the books and apparently they are way better and this movie was completely wrong, so wrong that the author complained. I haven’t read them so you might enjoy them if you are into fantasy :) I like the Star Wars comparisons.

  • kairo

    March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

     @RicardoLeite If you dont like Mike then go away-

    • DavidRayJacobLyons

      March 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

       @kairo So only Mike and James can express opinions? Understand that there is a line between trolling and appropriate criticism. This video is a bit of stretch cause i mean we are only humans and probably less than a thousand years from now there will no longer be any more “original” content. I hate the turn original because it prevents the re-creation of old concepts or the re-exploration of old concepts because you get stupid fucks that call out “rip off” every time they see any thing that is remotely or vaguely similar to some thing else that they have seen before. What about new and younger artists? Are they not allowed to express there forms/versions of sci-fi and fantasy even if it’s rehashed?

  • JonTripp

    March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You’re a wizard Harry.

  • VincentBeaudry

    March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    even the book’s author dislike this piece of crap of a movie… granted the books includes a shitload of Star Wars plot elements but it’s not that much… there was more original content. This movie removed everything original from the books and transformed it into that Star Wars LOTR Knockoff…

  • Zoo_Lee

    March 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Even the books are a bit too simular to Star Wars, but they are pretty damn good fantasy stories (I can’t wait to finally read the fourth and final one, called Inheritance) while this movie is a shameless piece of abomination, without the weakest sign of originality. And by the way, it was made in Hungary, and some of the background actors are hungarians too. We are sorry for letting that happen guys…

  • OlDirtyVinceDm

    March 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    the names aren’t ripped off from lord of the ring it’s one of the only things they kept from the book, that book was really popular around here actually

  • DanickBernier

    March 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Eragon was a popular series of books before being a movie.
    So technically it’s the author fault.

  • March 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    the plot was also a ripoff of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series with the talking dragons that only the riders can hear, the bonding where if 1 dies so does the other and other stuff.

  • MichaelMartin1

    March 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    you really reached on this one mike, you also got a couple key aspects of the movie wrong. 

  • cupcake_studio_animation

    March 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    But….isn´t that like the most used plot ever? the hero´s journey?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MonomythSo many things are written that way, even I learned it when I studied animation.
     

  • jamescabral71192

    March 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    ummm Mike I agree with you about the movie but uhhh yeah they fucked up it doesn’t follow the book at all it changes way to much and the Varden isn’t a place it’s the name of the rebel group it means Wanderers from the ancient language. They explain this a lot better in the book. 

  • DevinDixon

    March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I like how people think books can’t rip off other things. As if because it is a book, it is 100% honest and authentic in its original design, only movies can rip off books and movies.
     
    The Inheritance Cycle (2002)  is a hack’s piss poor attempt to cop off a clone of Star Wars (1977) and Lord of the Rings (1954), and the effort is accurately reflected in the lousy movie.

  • vasilis

    March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    no mike there is no hope for humanity…….

    • c64kicksass

      March 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

       @vasilis CONGLATURATION !!!
      YOU HAVE JUST COMPLETED A GREAT VIDEO.
      AND PROOVED THE JUSTICE OF OUR CULTURE
      NOW GO REST OUR HEROES ! :-)

  • JoshuaLeshner

    March 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    The movie your right about, the books however ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Yes, in the books they have some elements of star wars and lord of the rings, but that’s it, just elements, not shot by shot replicas, not the exact friggin’ story. The movie pretty much took only SMALL PIECES of the books, and made a movie about that. I can list about several pages of changes they made to the story and plot of this series that were completely unnecessary for the movie to take out or change. A lot of future plot-points, a lot of characters, a lot of FRIGGIN’ CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT were glanced or not even shown. This is beyond adaptation distillation, it FRIGGIN” changing everything it stands for. Also, the main villain appearance was never shown until THE FINAL BOOK IN THE CYCLE! I’m sure that if they adapted this movie correctly, your opinion of it being a blatant star wars and lord of the rings ripoff would change. I know that the book isn’t probably as great as Lord of the rings and such but hell, IT KEEP ME INVESTED IN THE STORY!
    This movie is despised by fans of the book.  

  • gamez

    March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

     @RicardoLeite Yeah this is not one of mike’s greatest reviews.

  • 19Szabolcs91

    March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Damn, Mike, you missed so much. Like how about the part where they raid the enemy’s fortress (like the Death Star) to rescue the princess, and Brom (the Obi Wan wannabe) dies at the hand of Dursa?

  • DavidRayJacobLyons

    March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Oh DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS copied George Lucas cause there using magic in there game and that’s just like the force, uh uh. Any thing that uses magic is automatically a rip off of the force from star wars, uh uh.

    • theretrogamer14

      March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

       @DavidRayJacobLyons
       No, he’s talking about how the plot is similar and how Eragon (Luke) is taught by a wise old man (Obi-Wan) the ways of magic (the force) besides, Dungeons and Dragons didn’t have you being taught magic by a wise old man and the character you chose to be, a farm boy

      • DavidRayJacobLyons

        March 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

         @theretrogamer14 He mentions MAGIC and how it is like THE FORCE! Re-watch the video, he makes that a point in his movie. MAGIC is not a plot point.

      • undertaker91

        March 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

         @DavidRayJacobLyons  @theretrogamer14 actually it is. like theretrogamer14 said, it was learning the magic that was like the force

  • Darkhog

    March 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Yeah, movie was shit, but books are far better.

  • braindeadpete

    March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    There are so many mediums of pop culture that follow this plot I don’t think it’s fair to judge this particular film so harshly. I mean, it’s the classic adventure story: the young, naive hero, the wise master, a battle between good and evil. If you think about it, this formula is constantly reused in games, literature, and film. 

  • TylerRex

    March 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I LOVE the Inheritance cycle. The books were fantastic. However, the movie, and game, were outright pathetic.

  • JonathanContreras

    March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    No the biggest rip off is Hunger Games. Its a rip off of Battle Royale. Look into it Mike

    • LukasSprehn

      March 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      No, The Hunger Games is basically actually a rip off of a film, which is a rip off of a novel (not Battle Royale. It’s strange how many people actually say that, but I don’t care.)

    • metalcommand

      March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

       @JonathanContreras It’s the same concept as Battle Royale….only Battle Royale is actually funny.

      • Ambrose

        March 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

         @metalcommand  @JonathanContreras Its really only the first book that is similar, the other two are really rather different from battle royale
         

      • metalcommand

        March 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

         @Ambrose  @JonathanContreras That’s true of course. 

      • LukasSprehn

        March 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

         @metalcommand  @Ambrose  @JonathanContreras Actually, it is still a rip off of that one film, The Running Man, which is in fact a rip off of a book by Stephen King, which is the book which Battle Royale also rips off, making The Hunger Games a rip off of the King book and not Battle Royale. You don’t usuaslly say that stuff like Harry Potter’s a rip off of Message from Space, but Star Wars :P Not that HP is a total rip off of that series though.
         
        But I can see the similiary, which is basically a whole different thing than rip-off :)

  • BigRocketGoNow

    March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I would like to start by saying that Mike you have been doing a really good job keeping the site going and adding new content while James is away (and I really hope to see you in the movie) but your review  is both unprofessional and disrespectful. Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon and three books following it which I am very fond of and recommend to all who enjoy fantasy novels. Your review implies he wrote the movie, he did not. Now I should add that i found the movie to be horrendous. The only thing that stayed true to the source material were names and places with few key events. They left out the dynamics of the magic, all other races, the time spent raising the dragon and learning things together. There are very few similarities to star wars or lotrs. If the director of the movie (Eragon) did in fact take scenes and ideas from Star wars and lotr so what. James did a review of star wars showing how George Lucas “Paid Homage” to other films by including scenes and diologue from their movies. James even admits in one video that a few scenes throughout AVGN have been inspired or “ripped off” from movies he saw growing up. 
    Anyway Sorry for being a negative Nancy but Eragon is a series very close to my heart and saying Paolini wrote the movie does him a great disservice.

  • LukasSprehn

    March 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is one of your best review :D Hilarious comparisons.

  • Shadowtheman

    March 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    He’s poking at the movie not the books.  The books were more full and original.
     The movie was turned into this knock off.  Although Mike was wrong, Christopher Paolini wrote the books not the movie that was Peter Buchman.
     
    This movie seems to be a case of Hollywood taking things into there own hands there greedy greedy hands and taking what liberties they want just to make money.  
     
    Despite this flub, it was a well done review.  Mike seems to be carving out his nich just fine.  Chalk this up to understanding that some things might be touchy for the fans.   Expect a lot of e-mails from dejected fans of the book.  

  • Ambrose

    March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    This movie was such a major disappointment.  I remember I saw posters for this in a local movie theater.  I was pumped, I loved the book, and could not wait for this movie!  Then I saw it, I was so disappointed to see that major plot points were either changed a lot, or removed altogether.  Could have been a good fantasy movie, and instead it ended up being a really mediocre sword and sorcery movie.  I’d much rather watch Deathstalker.

  • Sean Cushman

    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Originality is dead.

  • Carl Vader

    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    DISLIKE. fb really needs a dislike button.

  • Dan Rice

    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    They’re good books, and they improved as they went. Now admittedly, they do come off as a Star Wars/Lord of the Rings blend, but as some have said above, it’s worth keeping in mind that Paolini started writing this book series at the age of 15 (he’s said in interviews he changed the later parts of the story as he went to something that’s more his idea). And, of course, there’s nothing wrong with using elves and dwarves and the hero’s journey to tell a story.

    The movie, meanwhile, stripped just about everything that’s good from the book and is DEFINITELY a ripoff of Star Wars. I would say the book took inspiration from it, while the movie copied it. Also, I’m glad they didn’t end up making a sequel, it would’ve been even worse. Considering how badly they screwed up the first one, they couldn’t possibly continue. That said, Mike did go a bit harsh on it in my opinion.

    You’d think Hollywood would’ve realized after the success of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings that making faithful adaptations of books makes them more money than quick cash-ins like this movie.

  • Thomas Wright

    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Sadly, I paid to see this movie in the theater. The only fun I had watching it was singing “Trogdor the Burninator” whenever the dragons were onscreen.

    I suppose if I ever watch it again, I could always sing the Dovahkiin song instead.

  • Jeremy Ramos

    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is gonna piss off a lot of Inheritance fans….

  • FloridaBoy

    March 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    New and Improved Video for AVGN to host Halloween Horror Nights…Please sign petition if you can !!!
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYK4S_WuwW0&list=UUuHXRJy2XZZf9uIB1Tpk-yQ&index=1&feature=plcp
     

  • strat2004

    March 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Christ you people!  Let’s find the orgin of the word “shit” and we’ll see who’s right….answer nobody!  I thought this video was funny and the movie seems to be a rip off.  I don’t know about the books but I’m sure they didn’t change the plot 180 degrees.  You’re doing a good job Mike.

  • Buttbats

    March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I was a huge fan of the books back in the 8th grade, but seeing the movie made me drop interest in the story altogether; it was just so bad. I also began to dislike the books due to how much it ripped off Anne Mcaffery’s Dragon Riders of Pern, a MUCH better series. Just read one of her books, its blatantly apparent that Mcaffrey’s work  was the biggest victim of all in this.
     
    But like Mike said, this review was about the movie, which was a screaming pile of donkey shit. I’m glad it has been enlightened as such and it’s shittiness hasn’t been swept under the rug after all these years. It might just be the angry 14 year old in me who’s still bitter about wasting an hour and a half of her life seeing a horribly butchered, poorly acted film of an over hyped rip-off in theaters, but I’m happy that me and Mike share some common ground.

  • LinusKronberg

    March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Good artists copy, great artists steal :)

  • Isaiah Fuller

    March 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

     @gamez Just some troll trying to fuel a fire. Let it go.

  • CombatVolcano

    March 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    ROFL nerd rage galore. Every fantasy/sci-fi epic made since 1970 is a rip off of wars, trek or rings. It’s called OPERA.

  • RobertKieszkowski

    March 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Uh how about dragonheart?  I think just maybe someone ripped something from that?

  • Kaitohari

    March 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I love AVGN, he is one of my favorite reviewers, but Mike you need to stop leaching off of his fame. Also, good job ripping off of BlockBuster Buster’s review. Get you’re own original idea!

  • RobertKieszkowski

    March 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Yeah, the real IG.  Internet Gangsta.Try to roll on me, please!  I’m protected by a thousand MCs and hoodlums and hustlers  And bangers with Jeri curls we won’t even count the girls Cause they got my back And I got theirs too Fight for the streets When I’m on Oprah or Donahue

  • mattbchillin

    March 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Did you not watch his movie logs? Are you too much of a fucking idiotic pussy to realize he is making the movie. Shitty? How about this: Produce, Write, and Direct a movie and lets see how long it takes before your jealous ass falls apart. Chris, have fun being a useless bitch trying to piss off the untouchable. 

    • masterfatcat

      March 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

       @mattbchillin fools talk to trolls

      • mattbchillin

        March 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

         @masterfatcat
         :P

  • Clippy

    March 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    TIG sucks. You should feel bad for making it. It’s no wonder you haven’t started a movie, you’re too busy making shitty reviews. I hope he does use this movie to buy a new house. It will certainly look more cheery than your doublewide. Keep on making those shitty reviews with 1000 views. 

    • Branden798

      March 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

       @Clippy If you don’t like watching these reviews, than don’t watch them! Easy as that.

  • CountZero

    March 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Honestly, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings copied and “stole” their ideas from classic stories and myths.  Star Wars is a blatant rip off of the Hidden Fortress.  Lord of the Rings rips off the Arthurian legends.  There are very few original ideas anymore…even back in the days when Lord of the Rings was first written.

  • BobbyYousey

    March 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Mike, you have to do your research. This was based on a book, and was an abomination of a movie, almost not following the structure of the book at all. The series is amazing. But the movie blew.

    • StriderinHell

      March 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

       @BobbyYousey The review was about the movie, he mentioned that he wasn ‘t referring to the book

  • March 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Jeez, it’s getting pretty heavy in here.
     
    Sooo, uh… anybody see any good movies lately?

  • Darkhyrulelord

    March 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The movie SUCKS HARD and it practically cut more than a half of the story.  I hate this movie because the books (or, mostly the first and fourth) are far, FAR superior to this film.  But, now that you mention it, I never did realize that there were some similarities to Star Wars.  I could see some LotR ones and Zelda ones for sure, but not Star Wars right away.  The more I think about it though, the more that I see more Star Wars similarites….
     
    However, I recommend to read some of the books.  They are awesome and are worthy of experiencing….unlike the movie. 

  • Darkhyrulelord

    March 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The movie SUCKS HARD and it practically cut more than a half of the story.  I hate this movie because the books (or, mostly the first and fourth) are far, FAR superior to this film.  But, now that you mention it, I never did realize that there were some similarities to Star Wars.  I could see some LotR ones and Zelda ones for sure, but not Star Wars right away.  The more I think about it though, the more that I see more Star Wars similarites….
     
    However, I recommend to read some of the books.  They are awesome and are worthy of experiencing….unlike the movie. 

  • March 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Eragon: Episode 1: Return of the Dragon Rider

  • StriderinHell

    March 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Eragon was a bad movie, never read the books so I don’t have much to say
     

    • bikesformikes

      March 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

       @StriderinHell The Books were great and the movie was horrible

    • TheShamster

      March 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

       @StriderinHell
       You may want to read the books, they are nothing like this film and they are actually quite a read.

  • FranciscoNogueiras

    March 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The day my little brother brought this movie home like 4 years ago I instantly said “This is Star Wars in the Middle-Earth” and everyone was like “oooh no how can you say that” well here you go assholes. Keep the good stuff going on Mike!!

  • March 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    the damn troll i knew that wasnt actually chris by the way this movie is ASS!!!

  • Giggitybyte

    March 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Hey guys, for all who don’t know, Eragon was actually the first of four great books. A 90 minute movie can’t come close to keeping all of the first book’s key points. This movie is far from good, but the books are great if you take the time to read them. Hate the movie, but please don’t hate Christopher or the books, they are VERY well written!

    • Giggitybyte

      March 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Also thought I’d add more, especially to you Mike, no offense, you’re awesome right next to James and I love your videos and look forward to them, but in this one, you seem a little ignorant…You didn’t mention that there was a book, you just said, “Some 16 year old kid wrote the movie.” By the time the movie was out, the second book, Eldest had already been released the previous year, and the third was on the way for ’08.
       
      Remember: A good movie = a shitty game, and a good book = a shitty movie.
       
      Usually.

  • deusprogrammer

    March 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I think you are stretching it a bit much here.  Just because a few scenes seem similar and plot structure are similar doesn’t mean one is a blatant knock off of the other.  Lord of the Rings was one of the first true fantasy stories of our time (other than the epics of Greek mythology or Beowulf)…so naturally things are going to seem similar to it…especially since Eragon is a low fantasy story.  
     
    If you think about it, hasn’t Star Wars “ripped off” things that have come before it.  Any movie has ripped off what has come before it.  If you read the Greek Epics, you are sure to find all the elements of any movie or book you have seen or read before.
     
    On that note, I love Star Wars and don’t really care for Eragon.
     

    • VI6Roku

      March 27, 2012 at 12:47 am

       @deusprogrammer The thing is Lucas is willing to admit he’s inspired by all of those things he “ripped off” also  he atleast attempted to do some different things with a few of those scenes thematically or noticably improved on them. Also all of those things he ripped off didn’t usually weren’t ripped off the point where you can play the two movies(as Lucas was inpsired by many different things) side by side and and point out EVERYTHING as similar in story and tone

  • Danel Gumundsson

    March 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Nice review mike. I have read all the books and the first book is nothing like the movie they changed the story a lot in this movie and that is also why  most of the fans of the book series hated it. I like the books but not the movie.

  • jakers11

    March 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Really sad thing about this is that the movie is not really like the books at all. Although there are a few similarities in plot, the books really come into their own towards the end of the series.

  • RobinOttosson

    March 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This isn’t just Eragon, this is the whole industry,.When film makers use molds instead of creativity to make movies this is the ressult.  There’s just so many times you can use the same mold for making different movies. This is however not the film makers fault. This is the studios who force the creative team to mold the movies by their demands to be a more comercial product or they simply wont finance it. Studios don’t really do any work on a movie more then holding rights to earn money from it. I think they should have the rights to earn from their investments, but they shouldn’t have the final word on the pruduct either. This is what kills art, music, movies all over the world. And why people are downloading instead of buying.

    • TheShamster

      March 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

       @RobinOttosson
       This is why, if you want a film company to use your work, don’t sell them the rights to your work; instead, work with them and this way you can make sure that, as the official owner of the source material, you’ll make sure they don’t screw up.
       
      i am PISSED off with what they did to this story. I wanted to see the other 3 films! I wanted more dragons, but no….thanks a lot 20th century fox!

  • Hippiethecat124

    March 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I read the book when I was a little kid, and yeah, pretty much every fantasy book written since the Lord of the Rings has ripped it off, but I never noticed the Star Wars similarites…. No wonder I never really liked the books.  -_-   Thanks for pointing this out, Mike. Now I can finally put my finger on why I don’t like them. (By the way, I’m just talking about the book… The movie sucked a great deal more than I can bring myself to describe.)

  • Devon Morrison

    March 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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    Example 1:
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  • Jonny Crompton

    March 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    this review is spot on

  • N8_Teh_GR8

    March 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I read most of the books when I was younger. I was disappointed when the movie came out; it skipped major scenes and mixed things up to the point of literally making it IMPOSSIBLE to make a sequel.

  • TheShamster

    March 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Just so people should know, Christopher did not have anything to do with this film. I know because as an aspiring author (I’m in my final year at uni), I actually wrote to him a few years ago. he told me that because he sold the rights to the first film to 20th century fox, he had no control over what they did to it…something he regrets to this day, and he cant get another company to film it until fox sells it.
     
    Also, with “Eragon”, just change the E to a D and you get “dragon”…cool, eh?
     
    But yeah, Paolini himself HATES what Fox did to his work. They turned it into a Starwars/Lord of the rings clone and they took out 70% of the books.
     
    If you are an author and want a film company to adapt it, do NOT sell the rights, keep them and agree to work with the companies, like what J.K Rowling did with harry potter.
     
    Great review though Mike! keep it up!

    • NightPhoenix

      March 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

       @TheShamster Speaking of Harry Potter and the troll that was on the loose earlier… did you know that one of the main characters in the movie Troll was named Harry Potter? lol

      • TheShamster

        March 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

         @NightPhoenix
         A troll called Harry Potter? Very Bizzare!

  • JeffNixon

    March 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’m ashamed to have paid to see this movie in theaters, but at the time I was into the books (only read the first two). Was really disappointed with the movie and it sucks that it was just a rip off and really didn’t follow the book the way it should have.

    • TheShamster

      March 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

       @Breeman
       I agree.
       
      I also have Christopher Paolini’s publishing house contact details, in which I have written to him twice. He’s a very nice guy and even sent me an autographed photo and bookmark. He also likes the Mass Effect games and I told him to check out both this website and the Nolstalgia Critic’s site in which he said they are both exellently done.
       
      I also gave him the contact details for Wingnut films, the newline studios in New Zealand, in case he can get the film rights to Eragon back from Fox, as I feel Peter Jackson can do the story justice.
       
      As I said in my other post, he thanked me for this but said until Fox does something with the rights, he can’t do anything…something that upsets him, since people tend to assume just because the film looked like a starwars/LOTR clone, then the books are the same, even though they wern’t.

      • Breeman

        March 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

         @TheShamster Cool! That’s awesome that you’ve written to him and gotten responses. I should really go back and re-read and finish the Eragon books. Will probably take me no time at all to fly right through them now since they’re pretty easy reads (but good fun reads, as I remember).
         
        Hope he does get the rights back to this films, really sucks that Fox has them now. I remember thinking when I first saw the movie “I’m sure Christopher is NOT OK with this thing” and turns out I was right.

  • March 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Eragon: Yet another in a long line of books series that would have made great movies if they didn’t get bastardized by hollywood. Right up with Lemony Snicket’s etc…, Golden Compass, Narnia and The Bourne movies (sadly these are still going even though right from the first one they had absolutely no similarities to the book anymore.) I’m glad the Xanth and Discworld novels never made it to Hollywood, I could only imagine how badly those would get raped. And with Twilight being so big, it’s awesome that Kim Harrison’s Hollows series won’t get turned into a 13 year-old girl’s wet-dream.
     
    Sometimes filmmakers need to leave books the hell alone!

    • TheShamster

      March 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

       @Knuckles316
       This is scary….how could Fox fuck up Eragon, a story that is actually good, so badly, yet allow twilight to film ALL FOUR horrible films?!?!?
       
      True, there was nothing to really go with, but still….all four films made?!? and they are so bad that the first part of the fourth one drove Doug Walker into a hysterical fit of painful rage.
       
       
      NEVER go to Hollywood when seeking someone to make films for your work.

    • Trojan_Reggae

      March 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

       @Knuckles316 I’m sorry but no book will ever translate well into a movie. A book is just too long seeing as how most scripts are 120 pages and a book is at least 300+. If a book takes 12 to 60 hours to read, how can it work as a 2 hour long film. To be honest, a book really needs a TV series to faithfully tell the story. Take HBO’s Game Of Thrones (or even Dexter’s first season) for example, a superb book series that made an epic show but it would’ve sucked as a movie.

      • wombatkidd

        March 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

         @Trojan_Reggae Not true at all. There are a tonne of books that worked better as movies. True, not ALL books will translate well but in some cases trimming the fat from the book version actually makes the story *better*.
         
        Case and point, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie and screenplay were written at the same time as a collaboration. The movie works by setting up a mood and keeping things vague. If you saw the film first, the book completely ruins the sense of mystery because it offers outright explanations for events the movie let you interpret on your own. (In fact, Clark based his novelised sequels on the film instead of on his own book, because even *he* thought the movie was better.)
         
        Remember, tropes are not bad.

  • Kenshiroh

    March 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    The “Darth Vader” guy reminded me of Tommy Wiseau.

    • NightPhoenix

      March 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

       @Kenshiroh You’re lying! I never hit you! You are tearing me apart, Eragon! 

  • JackMule

    March 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Unfortunetly, Mike’s pretty spot on with the review, with the exception that it sounds like he says Paoloni wrote the movie. He might not have meant it that way but it just came off sounding that way.
     
    When I went and seen this movie in the theaters, I had already read the first two books. Needless to say, I and probobaly anyone else who seen the movie was dissapointed. It left plenty of scenes straight out of the book, and just sucked overall.
     
    As many people have probobaly already said, the books differenciate a lot from either of the two movies Eragon was compared to, not just shameless rip offs like the movie was. I’d reccomend the books to anyone who enjoys fantasy, like Lord of the Rings.
     
    It’d be nice if they served the books justice one day. If they ever decide to make an actual attempt to recreate the novels, it’d turn out great.
     
    But enough talk! The books rock, the movie blows, great review Mike.

    • dcashe12

      March 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

       @JackMule My thoughts exactly. Other than a check Paoloni had nothing to do with the movie.

  • GuitarsRgood

    March 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    i remember the book was really good, and the movie completely destroyed the book. they had barely anything in common.

  • schloss_ritter

    March 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Eragon dies if dragon dies and vice versa? Sounds like Dragonheart.
     
    Ripoff or not, is it better than the Dungeons & Dragons movie from about 10 years ago?

    • Devil_Rising

      March 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

       @schloss_ritter It is absolutely better. Plus Rachel Weisz did the voice for the dragon, so that was good at least.

    • JoshuaLeshner

      March 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

       @schloss_ritter Not exactly vice versa for the book. In  the books, if the rider dies, the dragon dies. However, if the dragon dies, the rider is still alive. 
      *Spoiler* Brom is a dragonrider who lost his dragon *end spoiler*

  • Fowl

    March 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    The book was fine but I absolutely hated the movie. I didn’t even see it until late because I noticed they had made Eragon semi-curly blonde rather than having straight dark hair like he did in the book. Changing such a major physical aspect so dramatically made it pretty apparent from trailers the producers didn’t take it very seriously. Agreed with the fact that the movie stole several scenes and shots from Star Wars but I don’t think Paolini had much to do with the movie.  You also made a note to say that “Eragon” sounds like “Aragorn” which it does but it’s possibly a coincidence as it has been shown several times that “Eragon” is meant to just be a one-letter cycle on the word “Dragon”

    • TheShamster

      March 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

       @Fowl
       Yes, Paolini had nothing to do with the film because Fox brought the rights from him. I find it odd how if you, as the author, sell the rights of your work to a film company, they can do what they want with it….but shouldn’t they have him there to make sure they don’t screw up?
       
      Imagine if it was 20th Century fox and not New Line that filmed Lord of the Rings?….yeah, think about it! think about what they’d do to it.
       
      There is so many things wrong with the film. It is an insult to the real story.

  • Fuckfuck

    March 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Ok I admit harping on the movie is acceptable but no you just had to throw the fucking books in!!!!!! Fuck you!!! This movie is shit we can all agree on that but don’t you fucking dare bring the books into it you just lost my respect for you fuck you motherfucker mike!!!!!

    • VI6Roku

      March 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

       @Fuckfuck “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.” what!?

  • Fuckfuck

    March 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Ok I admit harping on the movie is acceptable but no you just had to throw the fucking books in!!!!!! You brought up
    The fucking author fuck you!!! Nothing to do with the books yea right. This movie is shit we can all agree on that but don’t you fucking dare bring the books into it you just lost my respect for you fuck you motherfucker mike!!!!!

  • VI6Roku

    March 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Eragon was okay with me UNTIL the uncle death scene then I was like “no you’re now offically Star wars with dragons”

    • TheShamster

      March 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

       @VI6Roku
       Apparenly his death is different in the books; I think he dies of a fever or something.

      • VI6Roku

        March 27, 2012 at 12:55 am

         @TheShamster and that tells u how stupid the screenplay writer  was, when you use a star wars moment over a moment that could be used as something to show the world aint fair.

  • RobbieYang

    March 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

    does Mike know Eragon’s CG was done by Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars) and Weta Digital (LOTR) as their first collaboration?

  • Michael Olivarez

    March 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

    You know, i did notice it, but I still enjoyed the movie.

  • EladLerner

    March 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I drew this shortly after Eragon came out:
    http://elcool.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=eragon#/d1fro5k

  • Strazdas

    March 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Eragon has nothing to do with Star Wars. Lord of the Rings – yes. but lets face it, it was so good that any movie that comes close must be great to begin with.
    Wait, maybe this was a LOTR prequel about eragorn but they misspelled it?
    And The plot copy is like saying that every lovestory movie is a copy of pocahontas.

    • Trojan_Reggae

      March 27, 2012 at 7:08 am

       @Strazdas n00b, total Fail Troll! lolol mawp  :Kappa:  #suckafuck

  • Trojan_Reggae

    March 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Aw yea, The MotherFucker strikes back! Noice one Mike, I remember ppl trying to get me to see that crapfest when it came out on dvd. Luckily for me, I think dragons are ghey as frak and wouldn’t watch it even if I was strap’d into a Ludovico Technique and forced to look at the screen.

  • Guild Navigator

    March 27, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I never read the book for the simple fact that no way I’m reading an story some kid wrote when he was 15 (or probably younger) You need to have experience at least a bit of something called Life before you can attempt to write a goddamn epic novel.
     
    (waits for the idiotic fanboy retort) 

    • Devil_Rising

      March 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

       @Guild Navigator Not that I’m comparing the two, at all, but I thought it worth pointing out that many good writers of the past started very young. For example, H.P. Lovecraft actually published his first work when he was 14/15. I’ve read it, and it was actually rather good. Not as good as his later work, but still incredibly well written “for a teenager”. And while I do agree life experience helps, I really don’t think life experience comes much into play when writing about epic fantasy or science fiction. That stuff is pure imagination most of the time, anyway.

  • jensma

    March 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I eat burritos.

  • Devil_Rising

    March 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    All joking aside, while I can see the “knockoff” elements you’re pointing out Mike, I have to say, I saw this in theaters and didn’t think it was that bad. It was worth seeing once, at least, and was entertaining (to me) for what it was. I’ve seen worse, and it’s certainly not the first “me too” or knock-off of it’s kind. Not that I’ve read them, or care THAT much, but movie is based on a series of four books, the first of which was published in 2002, four years before the movie of it came out. And as far as knocking off Lord of the Rings, be it the movies or the books, well honestly, MOST fantasy these days you could accuse of borrowing from Tolkien’s work, because his was the first real epic fantasy novels, and they established so many basic concepts of the genre, not to mention heavily influencing Dungeons & Dragons, which in turn, along with LORT, heavily influenced most modern fantasy writers. And as far as ripping off Star Wars goes, well, again, it’s been done before. And it’s also super easy, just like LOTR. George Lucas based the basic structure and premise of his original movie, off of writer Joseph Campbell’s work “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, which describes what he called “The Hero’s Journey”, the basic structure that a LOT of mythological stories follow, wherein: small young everyman (farmer, Luke), gets faced with an enormous crisis wherein he must leave home, traveling far away, in which he usually experiences personal pain and loss, finds a sage-like mentor to teach/train/guide him (Obi Wan), has to grow up and grow as a character/hero, must face some bad guy/obstacle, overcome odds, and complete some sort of quest, before coming home a better man. That same basic premise HAS been the core structure of most hero stories, be they from comics, novels, movies, you name it. So it’s kind of hard NOT to, to some extent, “rip off” a story like Star Wars, when Lucas based it on his own college reading and research into the works of mythology and Joseph Campbell in the first place. Just saying, Eragon wasn’t a GREAT movie, and I’ve never read the books, but it wasn’t horrible either, and in the end, I thought it was alright.

  • misterprickly

    March 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I didn’t really think of it as a Starwars knock-off but I could easily see it as a LOTR rip-off.
    It makes you wonder if there are any original ideas anymore.
     
    Now, if you were to go through Harry Potter and show all the movies that IT rips off; That would be funny.
     
    That or Kill Bill.

    • EpicEraser

      March 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

       @misterprickly Kill Bill was meant to copy classic movies and styles.

  • giv

    March 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The double whammy! I guess you could say that to rip-off two bluckbusters at once, you have to really press your luck.

  • FerFogs

    March 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Yeah, I understand what Mike said there, about when the inspiration / ripoff line is crossed.
     
    I also think this movie does that visually.
     
    But story-wise I don’t know, though it also appears to be the case with those specific scenes (the sunset was baaad ripoff).
     
    Because Star wars itself uses the hero myth, a plot matrix being used since ancient times, with the reluctant hero, a instructor, the “holy” or special object and so on. Most stories we know follow that route.

  • PatrickSchimanski

    March 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’m not entirely sure if this review is supposed to be serious or not, so I’m just gonna assume it is.
     
    All similarities you mentioned are actually incredibly common tropes. You know, average guy finding out that he’s destined for something greater, the sage old mentor figure in disguise, princesses, evil overlords, rousing speeches, hero finds out he’s connected to the main villain in some way, powerful artifacts, magic rituals, etc. These are by no means exclusive to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or really any established franchise. Hell, Star Wars itself if basically THE classic hero story (in space). It’s almost impossible to think of a more generic structure for a hero story than Star Wars. It’s got all the common twists and plot elements. Calling something with the same general structure a “rip-off” is like calling a Steak a rip-off of a Schnitzel. Yeah, sure, they’re both meat, but still taste completely different.
    What I’m saying is, it takes more than certain, well-established and ages old plot elements to make a rip-off.
     
    Then again, this whole review might’ve been satirical, in which case I retract my rant and just leave you with the advice to work on your delivery.

  • saladful

    March 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I’m not entirely sure if this review is supposed to be serious or not, so I’m just gonna assume it is.
     
    All similarities you mentioned are actually incredibly common tropes. You know, average guy finding out that he’s destined for something greater, the sage old mentor figure in disguise, princesses, evil overlords, rousing speeches, hero finds out he’s connected to the main villain in some way, powerful artifacts, magic rituals, etc. These are by no means exclusive to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or really any established franchise. Hell, Star Wars itself if basically THE classic hero story (in space). It’s almost impossible to think of a more generic structure for a hero story than Star Wars. It’s got all the common twists and plot elements. Calling something with the same general structure a “rip-off” is like calling a Steak a rip-off of a Schnitzel. Yeah, sure, they’re both meat, but still taste completely different.
    What I’m saying is, it takes more than certain, well-established and ages old plot elements to make a rip-off.
     
    Then again, this whole review might’ve been satirical, in which case I retract my rant and just leave you with the advice to work on your delivery.

    • Astralman

      March 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

       @saladful
       It’s not just one thing though, almost the entire sequance of events is ripped of from Star Wars. I’ve read plenty of myths, epics and classical liturature and never once read something that StarWars could lift it’s plot from. You calling StarWars generic just shows how young you are. While some of it’s plot and fight ideas come from samurai and western films nearly everything else is original.

      • TheDreadfulBore

        March 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

         @Astralman  Using “you’re too young to understand” as a basis for your argument is not convincing.

      • Astralman

        March 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

         @TheDreadfulBore
         I wasn’t using it as the basis for anything, it was more of a side comment on his side comment. Sorry if that wasn’t clear enough.

      • saladful

        March 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

         @Astralman
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth
         
        I’ll just leave you with this. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

      • Astralman

        March 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

         @saladful
         Okay, so I know what you’re talking about that still doesn’t change the fact that no two versions of it has ever been this close before.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFVHsjzDEQQ&feature=plcp&context=C4f2fdc5VDvjVQa1PpcFPPnqgUQm3Rz75wAjBhiK6s3KYHmEMsqIM=
         
        I’ll just leave you with this. You’ll know what I mean when you’ve finished watching.(seriously, this guy puts it in a much better way then I could have)

  • jrdaher

    March 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I think Mike opens the door to the discussion: “Can we forget about the Myth of the Hero, and do something different for God Sake, the formula is to old, from ancient Grece, please!” … I think that is the message. But I always think about a quote whell known here in Brazil: “Arte é saber copiar”, or in good english: “Art is TO KNOW how to copy”. See ya!

  • Banath1986

    March 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

    My main irk against the entiry movie is that the dragon has FUCKING FEATHERS!!! That makes it a freaking bird, not a dragon!

    • LukasSprehn

      March 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

       @Banath1986 Technically both yes and no, ’cause they’re not real :)

    • JoshuaLeshner

      March 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

       @Banath1986 Uh, dude. there are types of dragons with feathered wings. Its a classic type of dragon that supposedly lived in the west coast of north, central and the upper portion of south america, called a Amphithere.

      • ShockzGlodekova

        March 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

         @JoshuaLeshner You mean there would be types if dragons were real :DAs to the first guy posting, Banath… it´s a dragon. Anyone can imagine a dragon and it will always look different…

  • Chris Boisseau

    March 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    If you look at those film that are ripped off from other films. Take for example, Little Audrey is a ripoff of Little Lulu, and Mighty Mouse is a ripoff of Superman. That fits for the time being.

  • LukasSprehn

    March 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    @Banath1986 No, ’cause they’re not real :)

  • Thegreatklaid

    March 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I really hate to be this guy, but I get what you man if you just watch the movies, but even then this is all really nitpicky and kind of ill informed. I’m sorry, but this is unfair.

  • bigmark268

    March 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I directly blame the guys who directed and produced the movie. They completly warped and twisted this kids story. The movie was a pile of crap that used ohhh maybe 3% of the book in it. They only thing consistant from the book to the movie was the characters names. Oh and that his dragon was blue. My friends and i walked on this crap. But we all enjoyed all 4 books.

  • MenyKU

    March 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Any chance for a review of Krull or Dune next?

    • Yair

      March 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

       @MenyKU StarTrek was inspired on Dune, and StarWars was inspired on StarTrek, so Dune is like the grandfather of StarWars, not a ripoff

  • March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This Film was actually a book before it came out as a film as you can see here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_3?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=eragon&x=0&y=0&sprefix=era%2Cstripbooks%2C240
    and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eragon
    this book was first published in 2002 so it shouldn’t have any rip offs from lord of the rings the final film!

  • Pickles89

    March 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Although the movie was undoubtedly bad, I cannot place the blame solely on the directors, as the source material, too, had a lot of heavy influences from Star Wars.  Since MM pretty much ruined the plot of the first book, I’m going to go ahead and mention some spoilers from books 2/3 (so don’t read further if you don’t want it spoiled!).  Basically, Eragon, the main character, gets “visions” from Brom to go to the Degoba Sys- I mean Du Weldenvarden, an elf forest, where he gets trained to become a better Jed- I mean Dragon Rider by an ancient Rider who has gone into hiding.  The elderly Dragon Rider later dies, and Eragon is forced to go and battle the evil Empire that has taken control of the land from their new Rebel base (since the last one was found and destroyed) ‘mostly’ alone.  I read all four books (they split Episode 6 up into two books) and they’re just mediocre fantasy filler for teens (IMHO).  The ending of book six was predictably disappointing and did not fill in enough plot holes to even be compared to Star Wars.

  • ShockzGlodekova

    March 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I have to say… if there is a hope for humanity… it´s not me. I never noticed this stuff before… I guess I´m just dumb, but I really didn´t. I´ve seen Eragon once and I´ve read the first book, which is basically the focus of the movie. I can´t say I hated the book, but I didn´t particularly care for it, so I didn´t read the others later on. The same with this movie. I didn´t hate it, not did I care for it. My viewing was mostly “blah blah, cute little dragon, talk talk, dragon!, talk talk, Jeremy Irons… ^_^, dragon!, talk talk, fight, end, okay…”

  • DudeDude

    March 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    All the people who jump on the bandwagon of calling this movie unoriginal need to come up with a criticism that’s more original.

    • Tzimishy

      March 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

       @DudeDude No, not really. If there already is valid criticism that wasn’t refuted, there’s no point in coming up with a new one. Criticism has to be logical and factual, not original.

  • fringser22

    March 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    About the name Eragon… The author din’t even copy a cool character – he took the word dragon, cut the d off and thaught… Aragon? No… Bragon? No… Cragon? No… Dragon… No, me retarded… Eragon… Eragon seems cool!

  • March 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    All these comparisons have given me the urge to watch all the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings. 

  • DarthKaal

    March 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Interesting video. But let’s not forget that many plot elements in Star Wars are very common plot elements from old stories, legends and myths.
    I mean the first Star Wars is basically a young farmer boy dreaming of adventure, who will encounter an old wizard, and will save the princess from the villain’s lair. How many stories before Star Wars have this basic plot? A lot.
     
    I’m not saying SW is unoriginal, I love it, mainly because it’s a great tribute to those old stories. But I see a lot of comparisons bewteen it and many other films that have just picked up common fantasy plot elements, as if Lucas had created something that was absolutely new. He has not.
     
    As for Eragon, never been interested by it. Posters and trailers back then seemed already uninspired.

    • Richy Krimmel

      March 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

       @DarthKaalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces
       

  • March 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    All I can say is: Read the books!

  • March 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    All I can say is: Read the book series!

  • Sakura4anime25

    March 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I was dragged to see this before I read the book (I usually prefer to read the book first) but even then I though that it was not a very good movie. My brother had read the book and he said that the movie was much different and far superior. So I read the book and he was right. While the books are still not the most original things ever, they have many elements and aspects about them that make them very enjoyable reads in my opinion. The movie on the other hand pretty much takes all of that away, butchers what’s left, and what resulted was crap.

    • Limrasson

      March 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

       @Sakura4anime25 
      You’ve mixed it up, I’ll hlep you out, you clearly meant the books were far superior and I didn’t even want to see the movie, because they told me about it and how crappy it was.
       
      I’ve read the books and I’ve loved them at the time. I have to admit there were strong resemblances with the Lord of the Rings and perhaps StarWars, and the rules of magic doesn’t make much sense…however as far as I know there was no 4th book yet, so we don’t know how the story ends.
       
      The relationship between Sapphira and Eragon are really good, but there is more to it. Hey, thanks I’ve almost forget to pack in the second book, my friend jsut asked for it a few hours ago :D

      • Richy Krimmel

        March 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

         @Limrasson  @Sakura4anime25http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces

      • bigbug92

        March 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

         @Limrasson
         The rules of magic are pretty simple, if explained properly. Not really enough space/want to explain it, although I could

  • Richy Krimmel

    March 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    i dont know how anyone could sit through this? even to review.

  • redbattle

    March 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Can I just say first of all, Mike I love your work and hope to see it continue :). Second of all, to all the people reading waaaay too much into this review and stating the obvious like there’s no tomorrow STOP TAKING IT SO SERIOUSLY. We all know that the comparisons Mike is making can be found throughout the history of film and story telling but this entire review was done for entertainment and a bit of comedy value.
     
    That’s what cinemassacre has always been about, as well as providing a bonus educational element when it comes to film making and history. Stop posting ridiculously over the top statements about things that really aren’t a big deal. 

  • bbradley84

    March 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    They messed up the plot of the book in the movie….it would have been hard to make another movie…. However at the time of the movies release only 2 of the 4 books had been written and released. 
     
    In the 3rd book it talks about Arya taking on a “human disguise”…. IE hey this is why you didnt see any elves.
     
    In the 4th book they mention they had more eggs of the creatures that were killed in the 1st movie…. because those creatures had a huge part in the second and 3rd book.
     
    IE the author tries to make it possible for more movies in his other books…. However only the 1st and 2nd book are any good…. and the series has a whole isnt worth reading 

  • March 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Not defending the movie but the movie actually got me to read the books, much like the percy jackson movie got me to read those books. I think though that you’re being a little to harsh with the review calling it a rip off, everything is a rip off of something, it might not be a blatent rip off but if you look hard enough you can connect pieces.
     
    That said even Star Wars ripped off things from other films.

    • Richy Krimmel

      March 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

       @mendric the movie was crap written by a prepubescent   boy.  Hollywood should understand by now why life experience is important.

      • March 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

         @Richy Krimmel The book was written by a prepubescent boy yes, but you can’t blame the screenplay on Christopher Paolini, that falls directly on Peter Buchman

  • TheGunflyer

    March 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    For those who still think Star Wars ripped off The hidden fortress, I think after watching this video I have a better understanding now of ripping off versus inspiration. Eragon was a blatant rip-off, while The Hidden Fortress was the inspiration for Star Wars.

  • Richy Krimmel

    March 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    my dad and I walked out of the theater on this one.

  • likalaruku

    March 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Haven’t seen it, but I was expecting it to be a ripoff of Dragonheart.
     
    Arwen sure was in the movies alot. She was BARELY in the books.
     
     

  • bhennen

    March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    the book was a whole lot better than the moive and the moive let out a lot of important plot points that would become important later on so yeah they messed up

    • OdieMikes

      March 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

       @bhennen But the book still ripped off Star Wars and LotR. Period. You can’t debate that. It’s not inspired by them, or an homage, it’s flat out copying. Paolini is the most successful self-insert, crossover, fan-fic author of our time. J R R Tolken was the greatest before him.

      • bhennen

        March 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

         @OdieMikes i can see that i am just saying that they messed up in more than just the the blantit copying they messed up the whole entire oirinal story to
         

      • JustinRobideau

        March 30, 2012 at 12:12 am

        This is funny if you want to go the rip-off route then star-wars itself was a rip-off and so are many other movies/books the series is honestly great so what if you can be a ass and try to nitpick it to death grow up. Btw great review love the books movie was horrible on all levels.

  • dykk

    March 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    why is it that the older generation likes to see it self as the all knowing and thus always correct authority? just blatantly stating that “oh this was written by a 19 year old? hah its shit”  as a viable argument alone shows how out of touch of logic and ridiculous the older part of society has become.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aside from the fact that yes Christopher Paolini probably did get lot of inspiration from LOTR and SW only bolsters my respect and love of his work showing that it is possible to having a great passion for writing and making a career out of it unlike most of the commentators who probably rather blast someones’ then have then own crap critiqued and shat on, oh wait they never took it upon themselves to do that out of fear or own lack of inspiration. there it is inspiration not copyright infringement… 
     
    Furthermore its about what you find in a book rather than what you rip apart from it. Within this saga some of the most powerful themes hidden within that maybe simple to some and come off as what should be common knowledge and i am right there with them on the basis that everyone should know this and follow it but more so because i believe in free trade of information to better the human race rather then point out its faults and get wrapped up in my own self-righteousness. one being to truly thy self with reference to knowledge of the true name of things/people, simply put if you really understand who or what something is you have a sense of power over that thing/task/person you can manipulate it to your own will design. along side of the true names you have the ability to change who you are so if you don’t like what you’ve become CHANGE speaking towards the older folk who probably have some angst for letting themselves go down a path of corporatude (real original there hur hur) its never to late to find the childlike whimsy that once flooded your thoughts and imagination. being different, many of the leading characters had their interests vested in differing areas, Eragon cared not for power or control over people he only wished for all the races to be free to conduct their business as they pleased without the unspoken authority of the dragon riders to over ride the law of the land so he left the continent to raise the dragons free from corrupt governments who would seek to use them for their own will, he wanted to preserve the understanding of magic to be used to better others not enslave them. roran (eragons cousin) cared for his family and kin more than anything else he fought for their lives and right to live in harmony and he showed that cunning and understanding of one’s enemy can overcome sheer strength (or magic) showing that even we arent as gifted as say a dragon rider we too can rise to become people of valor and to not let our short comings be our downfall. i could go on but most people will write this off saying “oh well that can be found in this, this, and that” but that’s the idea this isn’t for everyone its for the demographic that loves fantasy and elves and dragons just as starwars is for people who dream of drifting among the stars. its just another medium to bring forth a message that all should hear.
     

  • Rithan Nocturnal Vios

    March 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

    At first I thought it was a book to movie film…I never bothered to watched it anyways.

  • ChristophStadelmann

    March 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    There are a lot of fans to the books and I never understood why. I read the first Book when it was relativly recent and pretty unknown because a friend recommanded it to me.
     
    I tried not to be too harsh because I did not want to hurt my friends feelings, but what I said was, that it felt like an internet fanfic some 16 year old boy had come up with. She then told me a 16 year old boy actually wrote it which was pretty funny to me at that time.
     
    Honestly the first book had little to no original ideas and I would not cite Star Wars or Lord of the Rings as the most influential source but Dragonriders of Pern. It was particular similar to those books but sadly devoid of anything what made them interesting.
     
    The saddest part is, that there are so many magnificent unpublished works which are far superior in both concept and execution but pose a risk to high for most publishers, as they are just not similar enough to other things that have proven to sell in the past. In the end it is always the bland and predictable that is reaching the masses. This is pretty much what dictates the modus operandi a fair amount of high budged film studios engage in to stay save.
     
    Long story short the first Eragon book, in my honest opinion, was a poor product. I cannot say anything about following issues as I, you might have guessed, spent no time in reading them.

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    These movies are so bad and/or exagerated they are funny! :D here’s a small list of some you may want to check out and review:
    Digital Man
    Master of the Flying Guillotine
    Ninja Hunter
    TC 2000
    Fatal Flying Guillotines

  • GabrielLopes

    March 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I found that the books are actually good though.
    The movie is horrible I give you that.

  • dbgtinfinite

    March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Mike, I first want to say that you’ve been a big help to your friend James by doing all this stuff. However, I don’t think you did this review very well, because you made a lot of mistakes. Now I’m gonna ignore the mistakes you made that if you had read the books you couldn’t have made. Instead, I’m gonna to focus on the mistakes you made that a quick search online could of fixed. In fact, it seems you did do research on it (though I don’t know how much), as you were right about Christopher Poalini being 16 when making the story, which something you would’ve only known if you did research. However, you got this wrong by stating Chris made the story for movie when he was 16, or at least implied it. He wrote the first novel when he was 16, in 2002, meaning by the time this movie came out he would’ve been around 20. Also, he SOLD the film rights to Fox, effectively giving Fox free reign to do whatever the hell they wanted with his story, including change it. This is something Christopher regrets doing (I’ll excuse on this point because I didn’t know myself that Christopher regretted sell the film rights until I read the comments for this video). I know of a couple of movie adaptations, and I’m sure you know more movie adaptations, where the adaptation has little to do with the book its based off of. Also, as you could see from the responses by fans of the book, the fans despise this movie. You could of probably found this fan opinion by looking at the reviews on IMBD or such. if you did, you would’ve been thinking, “why would the fans of the book despise this adaptation?’ to which you could of easily come to the conclusion that it wasn’t a perfect adaptation. Also you said that if the rider dies the dragon dies and vice versa. I pretty sure the character Brom, (the character you called the Obi-wan which by the way is a common movie trope) wouldn’t be alive, because he was a dragon rider who lost his dragon. I’m pretty sure they mention his motivations in the movie and thus kept that, I think you didn’t pay close attention to the details in the movie (albeit severely cut details but I digress) you’ve wouldn’t have made that mistake. Finally, the story elements you claimed it ripoff of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, most of them were pre-existing common story elements way before these works. Also, in today’s media, most, what you would call “ripoffs” are based on earlier stuff, which were also based on even earlier, and so on and so on. Your friend, James, makes mention of this a lot in his movie reviews, like his review of the Indiana Jones series.  
     
    P.S. for the fans of the book who hate the movie and the video game…the GBA adaptation is FAR MORE accurate to book than the movie, and even kept such things as the fact Eragon grew up as a farmboy and thus didn’t know how to read, and having the character Angela be in the game (even playable) for longer than she was in the movie (which was less than Venom from Spider-man 3).

    • gamez

      March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

       @dbgtinfiniteThese long-winded postings are too much, These are comments not essays people

    • TheShamster

      March 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

       @dbgtinfinite
       Paolini does indeed regret selling Fox the rights.
       
      I know, because I have written to him, twice!
       
      You see, I’m studying to be an author, and I’m in my third and final year at university. He is actually a friendly guy who went out of his way to personally reply to me; he have me 4 pages of helpfull information, recommended books that help you improve writing skills and told me how to make characters believable (i.e, dont make the main character unkillable or win every single fight)
       
      I also told him about this website and thatguywiththeglasses. he likes both sites, as well as their ‘partners’, stating people like James and Doug are very entertaining and extremely creative.
       
      But yeah, he regrets selling the rights to Fox, and sadly, until fox either sells the rights back or remakes the film properly, he can’t do anything….and he’s the fricking OWNER of the story for heavens sakes!

      • dbgtinfinite

        March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

         @TheShamster Yeah, I know that. Your previous comment is what informed me about that. 

  • Wheeljack2k

    March 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    So you say, the title is uninspired because Eragon sounds like Aragorn. And here I thought it was uninspired by doing +1 to the first letter of “Dragon”.

  • NeilHammond

    March 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The sequel wasn’t going to be Eragon 2. It would have been called Eldest.

  • Chingaling

    March 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Read the fucking book before saying it’s a complete rip off, I know you haven’t read the books but you still can’t say it’s a rip off when it’s based on a fucking book, it’s like saying The Hunger Games film is a complete rip off of Battle Royale. Mike, you suck.

    • RobertJohnson1

      March 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm

       @Chingaling “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.”
      How the fuck do you manage to even breathe?

      • Chingaling

        March 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

         @RobertJohnson1 You can’t criticize a film for being a rip off when it’s based on a book. Criticize the film for being crap but don’t criticize it when it has a source material . Criticize the source material for being a rip off.

      • luisconceicao

        March 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

         @Chingaling  @RobertJohnson1 Then we can criticize it for taking elements from the lord of the rings blatantly with regards to cinematography. Further the book was published in 2002 by a 16 year old. Pretty sure Star Wars and LotR were established when the guy wrote the book. I can’t fault him for that since he was young at the time but when the filmmaker and script writer focus on the parts of the books inspired by established franchises and also apply similar cinematic moments in the film such as vista’s and camera angles etc. its a blatant rip off.

      • Chingaling

        March 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

         @luisconceicao Ok I will give you that but you can’t criticize story and characters. A lot of it is basic fantasy formula and like a young boy and an old man or teaches the young boy.

      • AVGNFaN

        March 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

         @luisconceicao correction: the kid was 15

    • TheShamster

      March 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

       @Chingaling
       I dont think Mike is bashing the actual Eragon franchise (the books), but rather what impression the film left on him.
       
      If only Fox gave the rights back to Paolini, or sold them to another(competant) company, like WB or NewLine, then we can see a remake that repairs the damage done and change the way people view this series (which is actually quite well done)

    • ChristopherRice

      March 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

       @Chingaling Except it’s not a faithful adaptation of the book at all and does, cinematographly atleast, steal alot from LOTR, without even trying to hide it. If they’d actually tried to keep it more faithful to the book it would of been ok.

    • DarnelOselJackyJoyce

      March 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

       @Chingaling 
       
      I can speak on Mike’s behalf when I say both the book and film were shameless plagiarism and are actually worse than twilight

  • RoperFDF

    March 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    kinda stretching the comparisons a bit. you should review the game instead. it’s the worst

    • bhennen

      March 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

       @RoperFDF
       i know i own the game unfounataly and once you get to a certian part it you can’t contiune playing it because it’s impossable to pass it

  • shintokamikaze

    March 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It is very hard  in this day and age to come up with a flesh story , most new movies are ripoffs . Star wars in its self is a rip off of lots of movies and books, including lotr ,  lucas even riped off star wars him self with his movie willow . But i have to say Eragon was a big steaming pile of cat shit

  • gamers_love_sprite

    March 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    The problem comes not when filmmakers copy, but when they don’t do anything but copy.  Which Eragon does, basically.  So it’s actually similar in spirit to the other Star Wars knockoffs.

  • ChristopherRice

    March 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

    The biggest problem with eragon is they took 6 pages from the book and tried to blend that in Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, when really it woulda been fine as a proper book to movie adaptation

  • doresh

    March 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

    You’d think if this whole country was an empire, that the evil dictator would call himself emperor instead of king. Well, I guess he liked the name “empire” so much, but thought calling him emperor would make this Star Wars analogy too obvious…
     
    It actually surprises me they ever adapted this book into a movie. I mean, it’s not like it was written by a 16-year-old who stole from LotR, Star Wars and the Dragoniders of Pern (namely this dragon bond thing), had his book published by his own parents AND dares to claim that he invented a whole language as the base of his inconsistent magic system (without actually telling people the specifics), something which took even Tolkien himself YEARS.
    Oh wait, it friggin’ WAS.

    • Megistrus

      March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

       @doresh Exactly. Not to mention he stole scenes from the Belgariad by David Eddings. Literally changed the names and just inserted them into his own books 

  • azepromidi

    March 29, 2012 at 5:51 am

    mike does not know how to read , Read the book then comment on the movie

    • RyanSanders

      March 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

       @azepromidi It would seem that you don’t know how to read either. “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.” He doesn’t need to read a book to comment on a movie.

    • DarnelOselJackyJoyce

      March 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

       @azepromidi 
       
      theres no need
       
      both the book and the movies suck cock

  • IronGiant

    March 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Man, people take these shit to seriously…!!

  • bastrulo

    March 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

    drakengard also comes to my mind

  • Kvantitet

    March 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Mike didn’t review the movie, but the films. He compared the movies not the books.

  • Kvantitet

    March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Mike didn’t review the books, he did the movies. When he compared with LOTR he took the movies to compare not the books.

  • AndrewDePoorter

    March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Yeah. except the books are direct copies of LOTR/SW, and steal scenes from a series of books by David Eddings
     

  • Megistrus

    March 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The books are just as bad as the movie is. All he did was take every element from LOTR/SW and combine them together while stealing scenes from several books by David Eddings.
     
    There are several sites that explain, in detail, everything he stole. Just a pathetic movie and poor excuse for an author. 

    • JustinRobideau

      March 30, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Not really the books are far better by comparison and those who think like you rarely ever read the books just assume off the movie not a mature thing to do.

  • WaitandWatch

    March 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I havn’t seen the movie Eragon, but I do agree with the similarities. But I do also believe this is just the move doing that. The books don’t make it seem like that.
     
    Like the princess he refers to isn’t one and the guy who always save Eragon… I won’t spoil it.

  • newmadhatter

    March 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I remember watching this movie while on vacation and not paying attention to it at all… I was so disinterested that I could not remember a single aspect of this film. This choice was unique for you Mike, usually you choose Horror Trash or Kung Fu Trash, but I guess you just wanted to vent about this lol. 

  • MinorRadiation

    March 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Eragon is actually a book wich this is based of, The book came out in 2003 at around the same time as the last LOTR movie.

  • ZackFilipy

    March 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I have read all the books at this point, and have to say that the people that think the movie is any thing like the books, are sorely mistaken. This movie is one if not the worst movie adaptation of anything that i have ever seen. Not only dose it leave parts out and completely change how the book it s based on ends it also completely change when were and how thing that are pivotal to the story happen. Anyone who watches this and things it is even remotely close to the books really needs to just go read them and see for them self’s.

  • thepieman42

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    just thought i would point out the plot structure you are talking about is something called “the hero’s journey” which is a general plot structure used in lots of literature so it isn’t necessarily ripping of star wars, but is just following the hero’s journey

  • AliDoppke

    March 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Look it is just coincidence. It was from a book

  • link6155

    March 30, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I like all your videos mike, but I have to say this seems to be poorly planed out. The series really is different from Star wars through out and I think it’s just a coincidence your making a connection to other movies. 

    • DarnelOselJackyJoyce

      March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

       @link6155 
       
      the books and movie are a complete rip off star wars plot wise and and are a complete rip of LOTR world wise

      • ZackFilipy

        March 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

         @DarnelOselJackyJoyce  Have you even read the books, they may be similarities but similarities to other works can be found in almost any work made in this last decade. Beside the only similarity is that a young boy has to fight an evil power in charge, which is a plot that can be found in tons of other books of movies yet no one is harping on them.

  • khkyle

    March 30, 2012 at 2:09 am

    i liked this movie  a lot, i dont care if it was a rip off, it kicked ass

  • withche07

    March 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

    eragon (movie) was really bad. and yeah those scenes are rip-off.but don’t forget, star wars was ripoff, too (but it was too exceptional rip-off, it got lots of philosophical elements, it got analysis of democracy and tons of any other. It got high level art sensitivity which its ripoffs never had.)

  • PippinTea

    March 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The books were different that is correct. It was a poor movie adaptation, but the movie was the knockoff. Though the plot structure can be similar, there are many ways to portray it. I think he is getting more at the fact that the visual elements linked way too closely with the LOTR and Star Wars movies.

  • LukynPeterka

    March 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I think they’ve absolutly fucked Eragon film. I mean they did it like the biggest assholes and it sucks like a fuckin shitty deer ass. Paoliny had to go to them and burn their fuckin dicks,because,they did some kind of terrible bitch-film. I read all books and i really like them and i thought film will be amazing but when i saw it i thought i will go kill them and then mysefl,cuz that WAS FUCKIN HORRIBLE

  • fdfgdgsdf

    March 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Comment on these videos anonymously: http://plainboards.com/!AVGN-news/

  • ReneHartman

    March 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Horrible Horrible terrible movie you should get paid to watch it

  • Rabiel

    March 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Just to be clear: The most usual plot in fantasy is about a farm boy(or similar) that ends up being a world hero. Every fantasy book with this plot is a rip-off of eachother. Example: The lord of the rings: Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin. Narnia: Peter, Edmund, Lucy, Susan. Harry Potter: Nuff said.

    There is, of course, other kind of plots as well, but this is the most common.

    • TombKing

      April 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

       @Rabiel LOTR and Narnia’s Chronicle writers were friends in the same Book club back in there days, they were close friends and mostly first to write that kind of fantasy. So yes they were both influenced together with the sharing of their works. And I don’t see where you found you’re farmboys (ripoff style) in Narnia and Harry Potter
       
      My 2 Cents

  • CelestialSunberry

    March 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I fell asleep during that film. 

  • TasosSaroglou

    March 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    A friend of mine have tell me that this movie was a direct copy of the description on the back of the book! Don’t worry you guys in the years to come we will see books like that be created from movie companies by telling the writers to make them so hollywood make more bucks! We talking for lousy storie telling books,and not about good writing that will then go to the big screen.I have hear that hollywood actualy asked rollings to make another book about harry just to make two more movies for more money,if im not wrong and its true the future of great epic novels have come to an end.A two parter movies? what does that mean when i see a film like that one,they almost put TO BE CONTINUED… in the end.

  • TheShadowluigi

    March 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    The eragon books were REALLY good.

  • Conroyholds264

    April 1, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Wow sounds interesting but I watched all of the star wars series and lord of the rings and never thought once that it was a ripoff. Never read the books either. It was entertaining but nothing legendary. When you look at something like that as being a ripoff you’re either rly bored or trying to come up with a review vid like we see here.

  • MartinEkdahl

    April 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Yeah, I also noticed the obvious similarity between Eragon and Aragorn. Who wouldn’t? :)
     
    But I kinda liked the film. Or maybe it was because I had such a heavy hangover that day when I watched it. Well, nevertheless, all kind of fantasy or epic tales are a bit rip-offs of other films-books-legends-whatever. This probably goes way back to the Stone Age cave paintings.
     
    LOTR has a lot of Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglosaxian elements such as the Gandalf/Odin character, the Valar/Aesir and themes from Beowulf and the Arthur legend. Star Wars is deliberately constructed like a classic fairy tale. George Lucas used Joseph Campbell’s book “The hero with a thousand faces” about comparative mythology when he created his own saga.
     
    I guess those classic archetypes (the kidnapped princess, the evil sourcerer, the wise master, the farmerboy who will become a hero, and so forth) is the stuff that legends are made of.

  • Lars Asbjørn Sandnes

    April 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

    the movie sucked

  • Lars Asbjørn Sandnes

    April 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

    the movie sucked

  • Lars Asbjørn Sandnes

    April 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

    the movie sucked

  • Tatsumaki

    April 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The book series is amazing.
     
    The movie is shit

  • timbazi

    April 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The thing is. The people who worked on that movie made it look like a rip-off shit which it is. The books are great, I recommend reading them! Especially if you made the mistake to watch the movie first and never read the books. :D

    And I also read from somewhere that Paolini didn’t even approve the movie or the idea of the movie but that was on internet so… who the fuck knows.

  • Joanne

    April 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

    All these movies follow the same template: http://www.youtube.com/user/clickokdotcodotuk

  • Joanne

    April 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    “All similarities you mentioned are actually incredibly common tropes. ” Exactly. Just checkout Kal Bashir’s youtube videos…same archetypes, same cycle all the time every time,

  • jordandan96

    April 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    granted there are similar things in the film but the delvirence and plot is different star wars itself is a group of different things thrown into one and the eragon film is almost completley different to what the book is they left out key characters and plot points that made the book more original hence barely any fans of the inheritance quadrilogy pay attention to the film because of how bad it was for an adaptation

  • diabolical-sun

    May 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Two things:

    1. It was interesting to see the views from you, a person who didn’t read the book. If you did read it, you would see some more blatant forms of copying and you could make better connections between the copies. E.g. Arya spell to send the dragon egg shouldn’t be compared to Arwen. It should be compared to Leia, who sends the bots to Obi Wan as a last hope.

    2. Sorry to break it to you, but the reason this movie didn’t have a sequel wasn’t because people noticed the difference. This movie banked really well. At a 100 million budget, this movie made about 250 million. The reason that there was no sequel was because the movie was poorly done and rushed. And in that rush, they removed important scenes and characters who progressed the story line and they had no logical way to continue it without taking a budget hit.

  • Kobi123

    July 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    And the whole last dragons and if he dies the dragon dies is taken from Dragon Heart

  • Khaaaaaann

    July 22, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I read the books before watching the movie, and when I watched it I thought it was a poor adaptation. It was done quickly and changed a lot of the plot, making it almost unrecognizable.
    I still like the series though, and hope that no one thinks that this is what the book is actually like. You should at least read the book before judging it.
    As for it being a rip off of star wars and LOTR. Well yes it has elements of both, but it does enough to make itself unique. It’s also hard to blame movies for ripping off something that is already a rip off. Star Wars being the quintessential hero’s journey and stealing scenes from Flash Gordon.
    Nothing’s really original, what with thousands of years of stories. You can dislike the movie, and call it a rip off for cinematography, but you should at least read the book before criticizing the story as a whole.

  • chimpanchu

    August 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Nothing original about this movie… NOT even the title!

  • Leeleeleeleelee

    November 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

    This shit ripped off DragonHeart.

  • DavidARice

    December 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Jeremy Irons wasted his talents in this movie.

  • tzukaza

    March 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    i love this movie :O mostly cause im a huge fan of dragons in general

  • Oliver Axelsson

    March 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I´ve read all of the books, and it would get a lot better later on! Actually, in the second book, many new twists in the plot appears and it gets really exciting :)

  • Toni Burandt

    May 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I think I can cope with the fact that it knocked off the franchises then I can with the fact of it butchering the books. I absolutely loved the series but when I watched the first movie I was utterly appalled at how much they screwed it up. They cut out everything vital to making the second movie and they cut out two of my favorite characters!

  • karel1

    June 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I remember this movie, and being REALLY excited about seeing it. When I did, I was furious. Before that day, I’d NEVER walked out of a movie and demanded my money back. I’m Glad they haven’t made more of these movies. Christopher Paolini should be ashamed of himself. To make it worse, the last novel in the series Blew Critter-Dick.

  • July 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Eragon was actually a book. Then adapted into the movie.

  • Evan

    August 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I thought the SAME exact thing while reading the book. Halfway through I stopped reading because I felt it was so unoriginal, and immediately saw the connection to star wars. Well, that’s what happens when a teen makes a fantasy story.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I’m sure I’m the millionth to mention this, but Star Wars isn’t sci-fi either.

  • ejp022791

    August 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I promise that the books are way better and almost NOTHING like this horrible movie.

  • roboraygun

    August 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Man, I remember when this first came out I REALLY wanted the movie to be good. But yeh 100% all the stuff in this vid o_o

  • Nate Matt

    August 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    You stated that you’re not talking about the books, and that’s good. But it’s incorrect to say Christopher Paolini “wrote this when he was 16.” First of all, the original author had very little to do with this abomination, and it’s important to address that this movie isn’t just a “rip off of everything,” it’s a “rip off of everything that brutally rapes its own source text.” Second of all, it’s true that Paolini BEGAN writing Eragon when he was about 15 years old, but he didn’t get it published until several years later.

    I’m not saying Paolini is a brilliant author or anything, but in my opinion it’s one of the absolute worst book adaptations of all time. The Inheritance series wasn’t particularly original, and IMO it got a bit convoluted near the end, but I still think the first 2 books at least were rather nicely told, and it could have made for a rather iconic series of movies IF it was done well. Perhaps it still can.

  • The Shamster

    August 31, 2013 at 1:38 am

    It’s a shame they can’t reboot/remake this film because 20th century fox owns the rights and they won’t give it away.

    If only Paolini sold the rights to wingnut studios/newline cinema, it would be amazing!

    Ah well, let this be a lesson to all of you who write novels and want a film company to convert it to screen…NEVER trust 20th century fox, they’re like the EA Games of cinema.

  • September 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I have to agree with some of the posts this was supposed to be based off a book series but like one poster said they really messed up the first movie there was no way for them to make a sequel and still follow the book series
    I did like the movie for what it was but after reading the books the movie is garbage compared to the books. I know most movies aren’t going to hold up to a book but there are well done movies based on books like the hobbit or lord of the rings or almost anything written by Stephen king and they could have done a lot better with this movie if they would have just followed the book more instead they threw elements of the book mixed in with lord of the rings and mixed in with star wars and probably more movies but ohh well I wish they would do a remake and do it right the book series was pretty good I enjoyed it alot

  • diddymuck

    October 23, 2013 at 1:05 am

    counterfeit it may be, but everyone seems to be remarkably lenient with Rent-one Tear-a-ton-off’s blatant rip-offs.

  • nammm3

    April 11, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Pretty insane how this movie didn’t get a skyscraper’s worth of lawsuits :-O

  • June 15, 2014 at 6:24 am

    The point of a movie is to be entertaining. Not original.

    This was..so it succeeded. People get to butthurt about their stories being copied. I’ve always found that funny since those movies they hold in such high regard were themselves stolen from previous stories.

  • gamez

    March 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

     @RobertMaresh I see the poor guy didn’t take his medication

  • March 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

     @Mike/Cinemassacre
     

  • March 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

     @Mike/Cinemassacreyou mean chris bores aka the irate game (the guy who ripped of james) its just one of his dumbass fanboys. If it was actually him he’s got some big balls to comment on this website. also this movie is one of the biggest flops ive ever seen and thanks for bashing the shit out of it. my regards to james
     

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