Ender's Game Reviews
This was a grave mistake (not watching it immediately afterwards, watching it at all).
What Gavin Hood has done to Card's literary masterpiece is comparable to defecating in one's own hand, and using that to paint a picture similar to those done by cave men on walls many millennia ago. Art? Maybe. Good? Depends how long you can stomach the smell of sh-t.
While the movie shares the same general plot as the novel, the same characters, and some of the lines, that is where the comparison ceases.
The casting was pretty bad. Ender is supposed to be small for his age, but he's much taller than Bonzo, which completely changes the dynamic of their fight scene...
Let's talk about that fight scene. This scene is one of only a handful of times where Ender uses his superior tactical ability to overcome a more capable opponent, and so thoroughly defeat them to prevent further attacks, either from said opponent or others.
In the book we read about Ender tactfully disabling his (much larger) opponent, and then ravaging him to send a message: "this is what I do to those that try to hurt me". He only leaves the unconscious, and possibly lifeless, Bonzo alone when Dink drags him out of the shower.
In the movie Bonzo (who is much smaller than Ender) loses his balance after being pushed away by Ender, and cracks his head against the floor. This doesn't prompt Ender to beat him (even more) senseless, but rather to call out for help for the fallen Bonzo, which is so completely against his character that it was more off-putting to watch than the violence would have been.
While I think this movie isn't worth watching, there are some major differences that I actually agree with. While the Demosthenes/Locke story arc is an interesting part of the book, I don't believe it would have translated well to the screen. The final "simulation" was done quite well, and gave the sense that the adults knew more than they were letting on.
If you've read Ender's Game, and enjoyed it, stay away, because there is nothing but disappointment and
If you haven't read Ender's game (and don't want to/plan on it), and are only looking for a good Science Fiction movie, you would be much better served by almost anything else in the genre.
Though visually stunning, this retake of the 1985 novel is preposterous.
Completely lacks unity or coherence, fucking mindless.