Movie Review

By: Jeffrey Bloomer

Posted 01/11/2007 - 10:41:33 AM by badhaircut:
 I haven't read the book but I have seen this movie, and I'm wondering if maybe the entire story was conceived by Paolini as nothing more than personal fairy tale to expound on his unique vision of an ideal girlfriend. I'm not saying all home-schooled kids are sheltered and naive, or that public school really ends up giving every boy an honest understanding of the opposite sex, but I think Paolini would have benefitted from a little extra socialising in his adolescence. Or maybe I'm just jealous that he's a millionaire now. Anyway, I saw the movie with someone who'd read the book and I guess that about half of the story is skipped or quickly summarized (witness the hilariously rushed introduction), and Malkovich's character never actually appears in the book at all, so even including him here in what would seem to be newly-written scenes wasn't even necessary in the first place.
Posted 02/16/2007 - 11:06:05 PM by barbarian:
 I've read pages from the book and have to say the writing is the worst I've ever seen published. I've also heard the story is Star Wars in the worlds of Middle-Earth and Pern. If you want a good fantasy movie you haven't seen or at least seen in a while, try The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, or Willow. If you want a good fantasy book, try George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, Scott Bakker, Stephen Donaldson, Ursula Le Guin, Jack Vance, etc. There's no reason to waste your time on Paolini's book or movie.