Written January 11, 2014
This was a great movie for older kids (over 10) because the content was too mature for my 6 year old grandson or his 8 year old sister, but my 11 year old granddaughter loved it!!
Written January 06, 2014
With the idea that The Hobbit could be expanded into three movies (with the help of other written materials and just some good old directorial imagination), I feel they should have taken a chance on making Ender's Game a two part movie.
I generally don't read the book that is a movie, as I feel the movie representation often ruins the original source material's intent.
For this one, I listened to the audiobook whilst driving across the country, I enjoyed it so much I listened to another Ender's universe book.
I really feel they did it a disservice of not breaking the book into two movies.
But I can also see that it would have been hard for them to take the chance on two movies.
If you like Ender's Game the book, you probably will be just 'ok' with the movie.
If you like sci-fi movies, then this is probably a good one.
I was disappointed.
Written November 01, 2013
This was the worst adaptation of a book to the big screen that I've seen in a decade. There was absolutely no character development and if you hadn't read the book I would be surprised if the movie even made sense.
I didn't feel any of the moral dilemmas conveyed by the book. None of the tension between characters.
It seemed like they just had a checklist that said they should mentioned at least one thing from every third chapter.
The special effects were great, the actors did a fine job, but nothing could such a poor screenplay and direction. So disappointing.
Written May 29, 2016
The book Ender's Game is excellent. However, there is SO much information in the book, I can completely understand why so much had to be edited out. Unfortunately, with all the editing, I feel like the movie lost its heart and soul. I enjoyed the movie, but not as much as I hoped to. I found myself restless, and even bored in parts, and the conclusion wasn't really as dramatic as I thought it would/should be. I will go see the next one - if they decided to do one.
Written January 06, 2014
The short version:
It's not the worst thing I've seen but there are legitimate cinematic criticisms that can be made. As a generic sci-fi action movie it is average/mediocre at best. I suppose it succeeds at what it tries to accomplish. The CG was alright, the swarming spaceships looked like they accidentally got lost from the set of a cooler, more earnest film. That's about the best thing I can say about it, otherwise it's kind of a mess and the acting is surprisingly bad, and not just from the kids. It should probably go without saying that "the book is better". Ultimately its biggest problem (read: crime) is that it's just lazy.
I'm going to be particularly harsh on it though because as an adaptation it is a complete betrayal to everything that makes the book worth reading. Unfortunately, there's not enough room for the long version on Fandango.