My rating: 3 reels out of 5
I’m one of those people who have never read the book. To my understanding, anyone who has read the book, loves it. Even if I had read the book, you’ll never see me compare the book to the movie (if I have done so in previous reviews, my hypocrisy knows no bounds, haha) . Movies and books are different forms of entertainment that affect you in different ways. Movies are a visual medium as made by the creative group who made it. Books are a medium where the visuals are internalized by you. What works in a book, doesn’t necessarily work in a movie. And with that being said, Ender’s Game was aesthetically pleasing but falls short of my expectations and left me unsatisfied.
Set in the future, humankind searches for a leader in the world’s youth, to lead forces against an alien species. Starring Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Ender Wiggin, who Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) believes is the leader they have been looking for. It is a star filled cast, filled with oscar nominees and winners including Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help), Hailee Stenfeld (True Grit), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), and Ben Kingsley (Shit loads of movies!). Despite the great cast, there was a lack of character development to most of the characters and I felt the actors were underutilized.
At times, it felt like the movie was explained rather than shown to me. Although visually appealing and technically well made, there was no moment in the film that blew me away. No moment where I thought, “hey, that was awesome.” My attention was kept through the whole film but when it is all said and done, I felt unsatisfied after leaving the theater. This is a case where I was expecting something specific from a movie and that’s not what I received.
My expectations: Medium, not met.
Recommendation: A little hard to recommend a film that I didn’t think much of. I did not find it a complete waste of time. Perhaps those who read the book might enjoy it more. Go judge for yourself if you are interested in watching it.
Re-watch value: Despite my disappointment, I could probably watch this again if I was channel surfing and there was nothing else to watch.
Memorable: It kind of felt like the movie was trying to force sound bites on me.
P.S. Dolby Atmos is awesome!