Paul Katz
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eragon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/15/06
performer
Edward Speleers, Robert Carlyle, Sienna Guillory, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich
director
Stefen Fangmeier
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Jesse Wigutow
genre
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

This sword-and-sorcery fantasy adapted from the Christopher Paolini novel finds the farm boy Eragon (Speleers) guarding the last living dragon (voiced by Weisz). They fly, they fight, they overthrow a despot (Malkovich). The aerial CGI scenes soar, but like dragons, Eragon is filled with hot air.
EXTRAS Everything but a doc on craft services: more than a dozen making-ofs. Director Stefen Fangmeier sheepishly comments on why a baby dragon must be cute and cuddly: ”I don’t want people to squeak and run.” C

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