A movie review this time :)
Title: Ender’s Game
Director: Gavin Hood
Writers: Gavin Hood (screenplay), Orson Scott Card (based on the book Ender’s Game by)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
Release date: 8th of November 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formecs, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
I’m not really a huge Sci-Fi fan and as embarrassing it seems, I had no idea what the original book was about or that it had such epic status. Needless to say, I haven’t read it and went to see the movie adaption because the trailer seemed cool. And, if I’m totally honest then I really really really enjoyed this movie, enjoyed is the key word because, I didn’t like it as much. If this even makes sense.
This movie had so many faults even without me not having read the original material to figure that out. The main issue was that Ender was just too brilliant and successful in every way. Whatever he did, it was calculated and always managed to show his superiority compared to others. There were ugly incidents, but overall, it all played to his advantage. I like underdogs or heroes who come from nothing to gain a lot or at least face more obstacles in their path to greatness so that all achieved has a more deeper meaning. Ender just came, saw and conquered.
The beginning was also somewhat dull in the sense that I didn’t feel that there was enough character development and most of all, Ender’s journey was like going up steps you’ve already ascended a million times: this school, next level school, higher establishment, etc etc. BUT, I didn’t even notice when it occurred that I was highly anticipating the next level and was completely lost in enjoying the journey.
All the issues may be due to the fact that something always has to be sacrificed, because every scene and all information simply can’t fit into a 2h movie. And, as far as I’m concerned, I think they managed to make the best of it and the movie come out action-packed, gripping and, simply, super badas*. And despite the dense plot, I still understood what it was trying to tell me (at least I think I did) and have me think about and those weren’t simple questions.
The steady and at first totally unnoticeable rise of tension and excitement was a real treat. I became so engaged in the battle simulations, which were awesomely intense and you know that they were leading up to something, but I didn’t anticipate THAT at all. Not to mention, visually they were just cool and action-packed and fun to observe. This also leads me to my favorite part of the movie, the climax and twist at the end, it blew my mind and it succeeded because I couldn’t see it coming.
I have to admit that Ender was difficult to like, because he was just so above everyone else, not to mention several steps ahead. There isn’t really much you can connect with in his character, but then again, he wasn’t supposed to be someone who you could simply relate to. Of course, there were softer spots to him and instances where he caused a lot of unintentional damage, but I still felt that he was out of reach in too many ways. That, however, doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good hero who fit into the role he was provided in this book and excel at it as he did with everything else.
Acting-wise I can’t really complain or even highlight any superb efforts. It was decently acted and worked well for what it was intended.
If you’re a fan of the book, I can’t really say if it will meet your expectations even a little, but to someone who hasn’t read it, I encourage you to go and give it a shot, you may be surprised as I was. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.