20 Year Member
- Dec 25, 2002
Felt like watching Ender's Game again just for shits and giggles and yeah, it still sucks.
I can get some of the changes like Ender being around 12 or so rather than 6 like in the book. You're not gonna really find a 6 year old who can act the way Ender is portrayed in the books, so I get it. That said, they didn't develop any of the other characters apart from "hi, Im Petra" or whatever. side note: I had forgotten Haley Stienfeld played Petra in the flick. She looked like a baby.
They showed maybe 3 battle room scenes, and very little of that showed any of Ender's strategies. It also completely telegraphed the 'twist.'
When I first read Ender's Game I was in 5th grade, I believe. I remember getting toward the last few chapters and thinking "wait a sec how are we at the end, they are still training. Are we not gonna see any actual battles with the buggers?" And then when it's revealed that the last few months of 'simulations' were actual battles it was kind of a mindblowing thing for some kid in 5th grade. I honestly didn't even know there were sequels (or a Bean quartet) until sometime in the late 90s.
I looked at the run time and it was just under 2 hours. I have no idea exactly how much film they cut out for the released version, but at the two hour mark, Ender should have maybe killed Bonzo or gotten his own army. They sped through and cut out a lot of the story WAY too much.
This is me just picking nits, but I don't like that they called the aliens "Formics." They didn't call them Formics in the books until later in the Ender series. They just called them "Buggers," at least for the entirety of the first novel.
What a shame. Terrible movie. It made me want to read through the Enderverse books again but then I remembered that I read the final Ender book (The Last Shadow) a year or two ago and it was absolute garbage and didn't end the actual story. Complete bullshit that Card pulled out of his ass over a weekend. It was literally what the last season of Game of Thrones was to that story.
I bailed on the Bean books, what does is the last Enderverse series even about?
Speaker for the Dead still stands, to me, as Card's masterpiece. It's fundamentally a book about compassion and empathy. How can a man who is such a piece of shit even write such a book?