My Thoughts on Gavin Hood’s ‘Ender’s Game’

Posted: November 3, 2013 in random thoughts on film and stuff
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Let me begin by saying Enders game is possibly my favourite book of all time and i was expecting to truly hate the film after seeing all the trailers. even after attending a Q&A with the director Gavin Hood and the cast I still had a lot of fears about the film. but to be fair when i watched it I thought It’s not too bad.

there are massive faults with some of it but most of this comes down to the fact that they had to squish the film down to 2 hours (which apparently wasn’t Hood’s choice.) I can understand why they stripped out some things such as the politics on earth and pretty much all of Valentine and Peter (which kind of nullifies Enders fear of becoming like him) and I understand they probably couldn’t put in all of the battle room battles but that’s not to say that I agree with them..

Valentine and Peter are arguably as important in the book as Ender is as they are the ones who Ender compares himself to (well Peter is) so by getting rid of most of their story time we no longer feel anything for them or Enders love for his sister. The battle room bits also annoyed me as you never really understand how he builds the respect of the other battleschool students which was a pivotal part of the book. He seems to gain friends very easily throughout the film which again kind of goes against everything that made Ender such an interesting character in the book….

I’m happy that they didn’t include a proper romance between Ender and Petra. There is a close friendship but nothing more. I was worried they would put in a relationship after seeing the photos of them holding hands but I think they handled it pretty well. They have that friendship that one forges when both parties are essentially alone (although Ender is very rarely alone in the film).

By far the weakest link for me was Harrison Ford who just didn’t seem to be bothered with anything at all. He simply was there for the money. He was very much a ‘What’s the point’ character in the film mainly down to Ford’s non acting.

I though the rest of the cast were great (although some characters got nowhere near enough screen time, namely Bean) 0

but overall I did enjoy the film. I think the film worked as a kind of ‘Best Of’ trailer for the book and I think it worked better for me after reading the book as the blanks were filled in. It could have been far far better, but in these days of child friendly blockbusters I doubt a better version would have been created by anyone.

It should be commended if only for presenting a sort of sci-fi film that you don’t regularly see nowadays in amongst all the political thrillers, clichéd horror films and comic based movies (not that there isn’t a place for all of them)

those are just my thoughts……

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