What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie's content is just right for the target 'tweener audience. It has its scary moments, with several scenes featuring dark woods, eerie wind, abrupt violence, big battles and a frightening evil wizard with red and black makeup. Swords, arrows, and spears produce some bloody wounds and several dead bodies, and one-on-one fight scenes include kicking, punching, swordplay, and falling. Eragon confronts and feels guilty about a family member's death (the corpse is visible, with a bloody face).
- Families can talk about how the movie differs from the book. What worked better in the book and what in the movie? Why?
- Those who didn't read the story might talk about Eragon's response tobeing "chosen" by the dragon.
- Why are dragons such fascinating creatures in fiction and legends?
- Families can also talk about the movie's similarities to (anddifferences from) other fantasy and sci-fi classics, like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. What elements of Eragon's story areunique? Which ones have you seen before?