November 20, 2013 by rachelcmann
It’s been a long while since I read the book. All I really remembered was that adults were using the malleable brains of children to play war games. Somehow Ender is the second coming of war generals who can save humankind. And I wasn’t far off the mark, but I had completely forgotten about the alien bugs and how much Ender gets screwed.
The movie was probably a fairly faithful adaptation considering how many eyes were on this. But since I wasn’t one of those eyes I had a couple of nitpicky problems.
a) Harrison Ford and a very distracting scar on his chin. Is that always there?
and b) Dude’s ears wiggled way to much!
1) Why on Earth (why on Space?) would you build a massive zeroG practice battlefield with glass walls?
and 2) Even if it is glass, Harrison Ford can’t see you and your maneuvers from a 500 yards away through a space port hole.
i) The very long and sort of extraneous CGI scenes. If it’s a mind game/dream land than why don’t make it more illustrative?
Finally (SPOILER) if he has this precious cargo of the last Formic…doesn’t he need two of them? Like to pro-create? Pretty sure ants aren’t asexual reproducers. But I suppose aliens that strongly resemble ants could be just about anything.
Props to newcomer Asa Butterfield for doing an outstanding job with a very complex characters. If you like scifi films with more spaceships than fantasy elements (or if you’re a fan of the book) I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.
- Controversy and mixed reviews orbit ‘Ender’s Game’ (therunneronline.com)