Last night, David and I and our nephew (he’s only a few years younger
than us) went to see Ender’s Game. I was greatly surprised when we
were not handed 3D glasses. But, you know what? I really enjoyed the movie without 3D!
The special effects were fantastic, and the child actors did really well at their parts. Asa Butterfield did a great job of capturing my attention with his Frodo-esque features. And Harrison Ford… I mean he is Han Solo AND Indiana Jones!
When Orson Scott Card wrote the book in 1985, video games and video game culture were still relatively new. Now, almost 30 years later, I think the story resonates more.
I have to confess, I have never read the book. And I’m sure that the book does a better job with secondary and tertiary plot lines, and overall character development. Relationships between the main character, named Ender, and the other characters seemed rather one dimensional. There is a thought game that Ender plays that I think could have been delved into deeper. Trying to write this review – like always – without spoilers is not easy.
The movie was visually stimulating, and the story was told well enough to draw you in. There is enough hardship and manipulation to make you sympathize with Ender. I thought the movie was one of the better ones I have seen lately. Especially in comparison with Gravity. Though pacing wise, Gravity may have had a faster pace, and definitely kept you on the edge of your seat more often.