Written November 26, 2015
The film is well done, the cast is well chosen, but don't expect to see the book on the big screen. There are a lot of areas left out, changed and the end is very different from the book. Consider it a movie and not an exact translation of the book and you should enjoy it. I enjoyed the visuals, but was expecting more than I should have from a movie
Written March 27, 2015
Very fast paced and tightly condensed but good movie. Asa Butterfield was great but a little taller than expected. Ender's growth as commander was too quickly glossed over. Visuals and sound were fantastic and what you expect from explosions in space you couldn't really hear! But if you detach your brain and enjoy the show you'll like it.
Written November 30, 2014
This movie is packed with action, emotion and great special effects that really pop on the IMAX screen. It was faithful to the book, though not as good of course due to the need to condense or omit many of its events. And the characters are portrayed about 5 years older than in the book, which dilutes some of the impact, but face it, this was never going to be made with 6-year actors. Asa Butterfield is in just about every scene and gives a fine performance. Hope they make more films in the series.
Written September 04, 2015
I'm a big fan of Orson's work. But given his his Fundamentalist Mormon leanings regarding gays and blacks its hard to be a fan of him personally. He wants to make being gay illegal. And some recent racist rants are not fun... Moving on...
Good = Acting, cinematography,
Medium = Not sure IMAX really added much maybe in the war room a little
Bad = beside the author being a jerk, the problem with the movie is if you have not read the books you are going to be a little lost or not realize how much you missed out on. The worst part of this is the rushed ending.
Grade = So So
Written May 22, 2015
This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I was scared to death to see it brought to life on the big screen. It was almost everything I hoped for. At times it felt rushed, but I attribute that to my thorough knowledge of the source material. It was a faithful adaptation, and where it consolidated material, it was justified. It was very well acted, and the tone of the book is there. The violence between the children was toned down, which was a disappointment. However, it was an extremely beautiful movie. I can't remember a film LOOKING that good. The effects and the way it was shot are gorgeous. Highly recommended, but not everyone will get it. Fans will be proud that it mostly succeeds, but people who do not know the source material will see it as heavy handed, I think. I loved it, and I can't wait to see it again.