Ender’s Game Movie Review, with minimal spoilers.
It’s time for another movie review with me! As you can see by the title it is Ender’s Game we will be talking about. Now, for those of you that don’t know (and if you are reading this then surely you do) this is a movie based on a book written by Orson Scott Card. For me, I was well aware of the book but didn’t read it until the movie was in production and finished reading it two weeks before its release (I had to stop reading for a while because of school) and I can say this, the movie does not change the overall life of the book (which is good! I hate when hollywood does that!) and the slight changes that do happen when going from the page to screen are not that bad.
To start off, in the movie Ender pretty much stays the same age throughout where as in the book he went from age six to age twelve. Who he interacts with doesn’t really change but the frequency of which he interacts with them does. Then there is the relationships he has with many of the characters. This is where I am kind of on the fence as a good thing or bad when comparing the book to the movie. In the book, Col. Gaff (a.k.a. Harrison Ford) was trying to keep Ender isolated to the point of being a pariah which, in the movie, started that way but then it looked like he gave up trying to do that. Now, I could put the reason for that on it being a movie because (and this is where I really had my issue with the movie) it moved at such a fast pace or at least that is how it appeared to me. However, it still followed the book when it comes to the order of events.
Visually and the overall feel of the movie in relation to the book when it comes to tech, living in space, and the inner struggle of Ender I do believe they were able to capture. The one thing I was truly looking forward to seeing was the ‘Game Room’ where the ‘Armies’ would train and have their war games. It look almost exactly as I pictured it right down to how the ‘Stars’ looked. The down side is that they didn’t show quite as many of the ‘Battles’ as there were in the book which emphisized Ender’s brilliant mind for strategy but what they did show in the movie still gave him the air of a superb tactician.
Now, as I said a moment ago, the movie was pretty fast paced when it comes to the order of events but it starts to slow down (not in the dull sense) when Ender heads for Command School. I don’t want to say anything more. I gave away a lot of spoilers on my review of The Wolverine because they screwed it up (in my opinion) but this one I actually do give it praise and suggest you do see it in theaters.
I shall end this review now with this: If you haven’t read the book (and I don’t normally recommend this) don’t! This is a movie that I feel you could enjoy more by seeing it first then reading the book. I pride myself by saying that I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie but feel, in some way, I would be doing you a disservice if I tell you to do that for this movie. You will find yourself comparing to much of it instead of watching it. So, see the movie, read the book, and let your mind be at peace.