Friday, November 15, 2013

Movie Review: Ender's Game

Movie: Ender's Game
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield
Rating: PG 13
My Rating: Two thumbs up

I'm a pretty big fan of this book, so I've been nervous and anxious about the movie. I know the reviews haven't been the best, and I haven't read them enough to know why because I wanted to decide for myself if I did or didn't like the movie!

And? So? Yes, I liked it! I think they did an awesome job turning it into a movie! I mean, there was a TON left out and time was very very compressed and there were oh so many more battle room scenes that would have been fun. But for the movie, it had to be that way I suppose.

Speaking of the battle room... how awesome was that? I loved seeing it come to life! It was just like I had imagined, only much much bigger.

The battle room

Well, I guess if you haven't read the book or seen the movie you might like a little summary? Ender is this young genius kid who lives in a world after a war with some pretty nasty aliens. They are preparing to fight them again, and they want to use the most brilliant kids to help. Of course, Ender is that kid. And what they put him through is pretty ruthless and the ending of the book (though some say it's predictable) blew me away. At time I read it years ago, I had never read anything like it. So yeah wow. The movie did a great job with the ending. I was worried.

The movie did not portray the emotional anguish that Ender experienced as well as they could have. And the mind game on the little computer? There was so much more of that! But still they did a pretty good job with that ending and we got the gist at least of what the computer game was all about.

By the way, do you think the "game" of Ender's Game is the computer game, or the war game?

This kid an awesome acting job. Spot on for Ender.

Interesting side note, I must be getting used to the 3D thing because seeing it in 2D was actually weird. Funny, yes?

Bottom line: Great job! I really enjoyed it!

Trailer for those interested:

And now, I'm very excited for both The Book Thief and Catching Fire. I only wish The Book Thief was getting released in this area! So far, no news on that front. Sadness.


  1. Did you like that there was no Valentine/Peter Locke/Demosthenes subplot? I did!!! I made the movie infinitely better for me, lol.

  2. I loved it, I actually like that the movie was compressed and moved through the events of Enders life in a readers digest version. But I guess that's because I just finished the book again this summer. I thought the battle school was awesome. I thought Ender was awesome and hey any movie with Harrison Ford in it is good--right?

  3. I really enjoyed the movie too, though it did make me a bit dizzy hehe :) I actually thin i put that in my review heh. I was worried but they did a great job.

  4. This is another movie I want to see, but I don't think I will get to see it in the theater. :( Ender's Game is a book that really opened my eyes and I loved it!

  5. I loved the Battle Room too! I didn’t envision it being made of glass with a view of Earth so I thought that was awesome. I think they did a great job adapting this book to a movie.

    Oooh awesome question. I had always thought about it being the war game, but now that you bring it up it’s probably both. The mental and physical games that he goes through.



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