Ender's Game (2013)
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If you're wondering if this is faithful to the book, the answer is: Yes, very.
That said, it all moves too quickly. This is a film that really needed an extra 30-40 minutes in order to flesh out the characters and plot. If you've read the book, you know why. There's simply too much going on to be covered in its already near 2-hour runtime. Key scenes are presented back-to-back with very little in-between, and no time for the plot to simmer. This isn't the movie that long-time Ender fans will hope it may be, but it is perhaps the best we could expect. Most of what you could want is up on the screen, minus the subplot that would require its own film, but it just feels a little empty. Glad to see it on the screen after all these years, but as the measure of any good book-to-film, I doubt this will make people want to run out and read Ender's Game.
Contrary to what KuroSawWhat said, this movie actually DID make me run out to grab a copy of Ender's Game and I love that I'm getting a deeper look into the characters and plot that I became quite enamored with in the film. For someone who had not read the book beforehand (sacrilege, I know) I found the movie easy to follow, incredibly intriguing, and I was blown away by the cinematography! I felt I got a good grasp of the characters and basic plot, but I'm glad I'm expanding my knowledge on said things by reading the actual novel. Movies aren't supposed to be exact copies of the books. (Actually movies and books can never equal each other for they are completely different art forms with different insights and expression.) Regardless, as soon as authors hand over the rights to their story, it is the director's job to make it something that reflects the original story and yet make it their own. If it was exactly like the book, including characters being able to fully develop (hard to do in any one movie), there would have been no need for someone such as me to rush to the bookstore for a copy. They would have gotten everything they needed out of the film. That would be awful. Needless to say, I loved the movie and am flying through the wonderful book!! I proudly celebrate the similarities and differences between both forms of this story. :)
The CGI is very good and you can sense that the book behind Ender's Game is a fantastic Sci-Fi story. Unfortunately it's not unravelled in this movie. Everything is going to fast, and there isn't time to dwell and breath in, or time for character development. Should have been an hour longer or so. Too bad, because this one could've been fantastic. Instead it ends up being just another drop from the, at the moment, very Sci-Fi productive Hollywood.
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