Ender’s Game

Movie Review

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Ender’s Game Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, , . Directed by Gavin Hood. Released by Lionsgate Films.

I’ll admit that when I saw the trailers for the first time, I wasn’t impressed. This is because I’ve read the book and I know that there’s a lot to live up to. However, I was happily surprised to see how well the movie was made and (despite not including tons of book content and context) it was at least coherent and entertaining.

The special effects and visuals were spectacular and very original and the cast pulls off an amazing performance. Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham was a little bit strange – but his performance (as always) was fantastic.

Things that would have greatly improved the movie:

  •  More story and character development – the movie moves way too fast and almost has no time to develop any other characters but Ender.
  •  Colonel Graff said that “Thousands of men died on those carriers” – well, for a space battle, that’s a drop in the bucket. I was expecting “Hundreds of Thousands (if not millions) of men” who died on several space carriers.
  •  More space battles? Because the movie focuses heavily on Ender’s skills as a commander, I want to see more space battles so I can see how he handles a multitude of scenarios.
  • The ending of the movie is a bit drab and brings many questions that the next movie will have a hard time answering.

My final assessment: 4 star

Minor details and a lack of supporting character development doesn’t really derail how fun and entertaining Ender’s Game is. However, I worry that the next installments of this franchise will likely hit several speed bumps considering that the next couple of books weren’t that great.

Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.