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In a nutshell: Some Ol' Bullshit!
I'm really shocked at how positive a lot of the community, and Spill crew, has been with this movie. I recently watched the film and felt confused at how this movie got a pass. The biggest issues I have are with Character Development and basic plot points being either wrong or switched around. I can understand condensing things for the sake of time and trying to get the audience to get get the gist of a 600 + page book, but my god...I would have rather they split this movie into 2 parts; which would have given the Director enough time to explore and properly explain basic plot points from the novel. Everything feels so rushed. To the point where you could not give two shits about any character, not even Ender.
If you have read the book, and have watched this film, you will understand what I am saying. Basic plot points were left out or switched around to where the end of the movie seems silly and weak. The side plots involving Ender's siblings are missing. The pressure to get Ender ready for Commander training is too rushed. By watching the film, Ender doesn't really seem pressured at all. Ender's growth as a brilliant leader and tactician is missing. He is just put in command and the audience is to buy into him being a leader, I guess. There is no sense of him earning his position or any respect from his peers -- its just implied. Ender's relationship with his sister is not developed enough -- nor with his brother for that matter. You see his brother once, and could care less if he was in the film from the start. Where is Shen? Why is Alai, Petra, and Dink so hollow in this movie? Why is everything happening within months of training (as a quick montage), and not years? Why in the final battle, the kids do not seem as exhausted as they were in the book? There is no impact in the "surprise" resolution of the plot, because of the bad pacing. The ending, wtf? Why is Bean part of Ender's Launch group? Why does Bean tells Ender that the gate is down...if the audience doesn't know what that even means??? The battle room stuff is glossed over so fast, I'm sure those who didn't read the book couldn't possibly comprehend the meaning. Why are the fights between Ender and Stilson and Bonzo so bad? I just SMH...
Seriously, this movie is hot garbage. A big Eff you to those that read the book, and a quick cash grab for those that thought this was the next star wars/twilight/whatever-the-fuck-sci-fi movie. Visually, this movie looked pretty good. But as a story, it butchered the novel. Its watered down, incomprehensible, garbage.
The Good: Visually Nice.
The Bad: Pacing is nonexistent. Bad/No Character Development. Needed to be longer to explain missing or just flat out incorrect plot lines. This could have easily been 30 mins - 45 mins longer to at least get things paced better.
The tone of the movie definitely followed the tone of the book. I really liked their portrayal of the Mind Game and Asa did such a phenomenal job at capturing the turmoil of his characters existence.
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First I would Like to say I really enjoyed the film and thought it did a above average adaption of the book.
Problems I had with it are mostly minor, All the fist fight scenes are poorly done, these are highly trained warriors not children wrestling. The results are really watered down scenes that could of been the most powerful. I was a little confused with anderson's position due to things from the book not happening. The kids really weren't treated that badly they don't explain that they did things behind the scenes. Not a whole lot of issues that a reasonable person would care about. I did not think harrison ford did very well at all his acting is the same its been lately, old and raspy. This movie also suffers like the hobbit in that their are too many plot points that need to be hit so character development for all the secondary characters is cut and you don't really care about them or remember their names. I didn't think the kids were much smarter than average there were no real scenes that made you think wow these are smart super kids. Lastly for what I would call mistakes is his final teacher is not explained well enough. He is supposed to be this super smart guy that is going to try to best ender in a simulation as well as train him to be the best in the final steps. Now he explains that he is going to do that in a few sentences and then we never see him again. They really needed to keep pressing the thought that it is ender vs him, ender vs him. This would make the ending much stronger.
Like the spill crew I wish there was more, more battle school first and foremost, more training after the battleschool, more of the mind game which I thought was really cool art design. Finally I know it is a safe thing to cut but I would of loved to see more of his sister and brother so people really understand why he doesn't want to be his brother. It really was so watered down I feel people are robbed of the emotions they should be feeling in certain scenes.
Some really powerful scenes in the movie even the ones that I said could be improved were really strong. Beautiful scenes in the battle room, the mind game and the final simulation room. Great acting from the main guy. My only complaint was that he looked uncoordinated(running/fighting) but its really hard to train someone that so its hard to complain.
I highly recommend the watch giving it a low full price, more importantly this is a must read it will take you a day or two if you rush it. I feel everyone who watches it would find it a beneficial use of your time to read the book and enhance the watered down details of the film.
This is my favorite kind of science fiction, the kind that uses a plausible future to make a point about our modern times. This going to be a tough review to write. On one hand, what makes the story of Ender's Game so significant and powerful is the twist ending to the piece. On the other hand, people (and myself) were hesitant about watching the movie because the author of the original novel, Orson Scott Card, is a wretched piece of scum of a human being. Scratch that, he's such a miserable bigot he doesn't even deserve to be called human as he loudly feels victimized by people for not tolerating his intolerance. But jumping back to the former hand, Card wrote in Ender's Game the biggest counter-argument to his own bigotry. So with that said, outside of your own personal feelings about Card, I say that the movie is worth a watch in theaters. If you're familiar already with the original book, then please read on.For those of you who have read the book, yes the essence of the ending is the same as the novel in all it's horrifying nature. I'm not 100% sure if the film version has the same impact and shock that comes in like you see in the book, but I still think the movie does a serviceable job of handling the material with the maturity you would have demanded to see anyway in such an adaptation. The acting is great all around, especially from Harrison Ford. Honestly, this is his best performance in a very, very, VERY long time. He didn't feel like he was phoning it in, and he was able to handle the complex character of Colonel Graff. As for Ender himself, Asa Butterfield does a stellar job with the material, especially when he has to convey the horror of his own actions at the end of it all. He does come across at points as a Columbine-case-waiting-to-happen, but then again, it's the sort of person Colonel Graff actually WANTS to lead the International Fleet. The other child actors do a great job with their respective roles, even if many of them do not have much time to flesh out their characters.Speaking of which, time is sort of handled bizarrely in this picture. Scenes move at a brisk pace, and it could have used a bit more pause for reflection (especially with the ending), but then again it was in service of capturing the soul of the original story. The soul and gravity of the original piece is all present here for sure. Which is why it's so strange the Card of all people wrote the novel for which this movie is based on. This is a man who joined the board of an organization that has dedicated itself to the overthrow of the U.S. Government in the event it legalizes same-sex marriage and wrote fairly recently a horrific racist theory that underprivileged African-American teens would be "murder squads" in the U.S. under the Obama regime. And yet, the entire point of Ender's Game is summed up by Ender himself: "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him."The whole story is about compassion. Learning to understand someone who is different from you and seeing things from their perspective. The film also accurately explores the cost on someone for their blind pursuit of war, and it becomes one of the strongest anti-war stories in recent memory. It's a great movie to be sure, but not without the problems I mentioned earlier. Definitely worth a watch, that is if you can separate the art from the artist. I won't blame you or chastise you if you can't do that. I have similar feelings about Roman Polanski after all. But if you're a fan of the original novel, I don't think you'll be disappointed. And if you really dig quality science fiction, this is one you should definitely check out.
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