Originally Posted by mvrk10256
Saw enders game last night. They did a pretty good job staying true to the main ideas of the book, obviously they had to cut some stuff but it was a great rendition over all.
Militarism with a human face? Heh.
Critics seem to have given a cold shoulder to the movie ( 61% on RT - pretty average?). I found the movie good enough to be as successful as overhyped Hunger Games for example. But for some reasons it isn't doing really well.
A talent for computer simulation on the galactic battlefield has become the modern equivalent of military prowess, and Ender himself is viewed as messianic. Gavin Hood’s film, in other words, is not just aimed at teen-agers but solemnly dedicated to their apotheosis; its implication is that they should be urged to stay in their bedrooms and burnish their online skills, in the interests of civilization. Parents, have you considered a boycott?
Ah!! Got it! I just now got remembered an article on the Verge where people were trying to boycott Ender's Game because the author was a homophobe. Did their tactics work that the movie is not as hyped as it could have been?
It’s an odd week when you follow up a review of a movie about a homophobe—Jean-Marc Vallée’s excellent Dallas Buyers Club—with a review of a movie by a homophobe, or, rather, based on a best-selling book by a very prominent one. Before the release of Ender’s Game, an adaptation by writer-director Gavin Hood of the sci-finovel by Orson Scott Card, I knew of Card primarily as an anti-gay-marriage crusader and vocal right-wing crank.
I can understand wanting to skip Ender’s Game as a matter of moral principle, but you can also feel free to blow it off just because it’s not that good.
Interesting that some critics decided for us that this movie is not good for everybody. Here is an extract from another review:
However, I will say this: the movie Ender's Game is so-so, and will probably be so-so for just about everyone, whether they've read the book or not.
What is up with critics insisting that this movie is not good for everybody? As if they are trying to convince us to not watch it in the first place. Not everybody is in almost sheep agreement of Card's boycott people including editors of different mass media pushing reviewers to write in negative tone about the movie ( kind of censorship in democratic world):
Edited by mutabor - 11/4/13 at 3:10pm
Even if you don’t necessarily agree with the politics of the film or its writer, it exemplifies the best of blockbuster filmmaking. Ender’s Game is a truly beautiful film, in which even minor shots (such as a ship transporting Ender to command school) are breathtaking.