Well, I finally saw the Eragon movie. We bought a used copy it at the local DVD rental place and I snuggled up with my daughter who loves the movie.
I do not love the movie.
First, it was derivative in the worst sense of the word. If you've read Lord of the Rings, Dragonriders of Pern and watched Star Wars then watching Eragon is something like watching clips from all those but simply recast and smushed together.
Second, they filmed the book, not a movie. Or at least it felt like they did. Someone flipped through the book and told the actors that, "Okay, now we've got a scene where Eragon races home to find his dead uncle. Do that one."
Now he's got a talkie bit with the crusty 'Obi Wan' dude. Do that one now."
There's little attempt to translate the story into a different medium and as a result it felt like I was being told about the story rather than being told the story.
Third, it was derivative. I know, I already mentioned that but heck, in every scene there was the poor shadow of a character I'd seen or read elsewhere. There was Wormtongue, here was Obi Wan, there was the fortune teller (I can't place where she's from as everybody and there dog inserts her in their movie and/or book. I figure the actress who played her was someones girlfriend. Most fantasy or Scifi flicks seem to have the one character who's played - barely- by the blonde the producer or directer is currently boinking.). And it wasn't simply the plot and characters that were derivative, it was even the way they shot and lit the story. Mysterious foreground light on a night riding scene, circling helicopter shots...Blech.
Lastly, it had John Malkovitch. Now, the guy is a fine actor but whenever he's cast in a movie where he's surrounded by accents his own voice is jarring and ugly. He's strictly meant for contemporary films. Thankfully, he's only in the film for a few minutes as they just stuck him in to tell us about this bad guy we're supposed to be afraid of and then forgot about him for most of the film.
I am not going to eagerly await a sequel. I am not going to read the books. I am going to introduce my kids to much better fantasy so that they come to understand that they can do much, much better than Eragon.