Tonight I went to the theater to see a movie that was twenty some years in the making. I saw the movie adaptation of the 1985 novel, Ender's Game.
|Harrison is finally starting to show his age...|
Anyways... lets cover a quick synopsis.
|My god... it's full of stars.|
|Ok. Now I wanna play zero-G laser-paintball too...|
|Battle Sphere earth rise.|
Ender is promoted to Battle School.
|Audi, sci-fi car makers. Again.|
And that is where I'll end the synopsis.
|Ben Kingsley looks very stern.|
One of the more impressive things about Ender's Game was how well it was paced. This movie had an amazing pace, important events occurred at exactly the right time. I never felt a lull or pause that went too long, and the breathers between action were just right.
Now that is not to say there were not faults in Ender's Game, there were. The more noticeable ones were a pair of minor qualms, and one major qualm.
|It's like Galaga or R-Type on the silver screen.|
|He's conducting a Space Opera. Episode VII anyone?|
But the larger issue is Asa Butterfield's portrayal of Ender Wiggin. He starts off great. His portrayal of a third child, one bullied by an older violent brother and doted on by an older caring sister. He plays socially awkward Ender very well. However as Ender grows through the story, Asa's performance does not grow as much. Ender's character suffers a lot of change, but it just does not always come through. It's not a bad performance, it's just not really a good one either. It misses the mark, but just slightly. Of course in the book, you are seeing everything from Ender's perspective and that is just not something that can be done in a film. So, the performance is just too nuanced to fully communicate across the screen.
So many issues, so little time (only 114 minutes), nothing is really covered too much. The biggest ones are over-population and the ends justify the means fallacy. Both the humans and the Formians are suffering from over-population, and this is what has spurred the inter-species war. Since the whole 'ends justify the means' fallacy (also known as the Pious Fraud fallacy) is a running theme, I'm going to lay off discussing it in depth. This one is covered pretty well in the movie.
Now remember I said that the movie was less fun than Escape Plan, but it was also overall a better movie than Escape Plan. So here is my rating:
To say the least, I actually think that I agree with producer Roberto Orci who says (in that link above), "It didn't occur to me to do background checks on anybody." According to Entertainment Weekly R. Orci said that "the movie should be judged on its message, not the personal beliefs of the original author," who had minimal involvement in the film.
|The movie is not O.S.C., O.S.C. is not the movie. Do not get sucked into a False Equivalence Fallacy.|