"What I didn't realize going into Eragon is that its legends aren't really its own: It's an insane Star Wars rip-off. And I don't mean only because it's about a farm boy who doesn't know his mysterious father and lives with his uncle. And meets a mysterious bearded stranger who, it turns out, is a member of a secret fraternity and wants to teach the boy about the ways of a mystical force. And who has to make his way to a group of rebels, and then lead them against an empire led by a king who viciously took power. And whose mysterious friend dies teaching him the ways of this mystical force. Eragon even dresses like Luke Skywalker, and in one scene, the Darth Vader character (played by Robert "Begby from Trainspotting" Carlyle) kills one of his own underlings with mystical powers, then gives the underling's job to another underling standing nearby. Remember that scene from Star Wars? Of course you do.
To be fair, Eragon lifts a ton of shit from The Lord Of The Rings as well—orcs and Uruk-hai are represented as, I don't know, two different names I couldn't be bothered to remember. The Eragon people cheaped out, though—their orcs are nowhere near as badass as Peter Jackson's."--from Josh Modell's AV Club review
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