May 31, 2010
Eragon (2006) (part 5 of 13)
Meanwhile, Eragon is sitting outside somewhere, and looking at the scar on his hand. For some reason, it’s become a lot smaller in the interim. Maybe the swelling went down, or something. Or maybe this movie just has shitty continuity. Who knows?
The dragon wanders up, and Eragon starts talking to it. He asks it where its mother is, as if it can answer him. He also asks whether she abandoned it, like his did. “Did she leave in a great hurry?” Okay, somebody’s bitter.
You know, I’m actually glad they made him be angry about his mother running out on him. If nothing else, it’s realistic, and a great improvement over the book. There, he never really got upset about anything that mattered—which is why some have made a case for Eragon having sociopathic personality disorder in the book. For the record, we’ll see some pretty sociopathic behaviour from the movie version later on.
The dragon, obviously sensing his distress, snuggles up to him. Honestly, this is one of the most effective scenes in the whole movie. Hardly any dialogue, but you can feel the bond forming between them. It was the same in the book, too—the dragon starts out tiny, mute, and extremely sweet, and you really connect with her. Now, in both the book and the movie, the “kernel” of the story is the relationship between Eragon and his dragon. Here, as in the book, you can see the tiny seed of a beautiful friendship, just for a moment, and I really, really wish that you couldn’t. Sadly, this only serves to make the movie even more painful later on.