Saturday, 22 March 2014

Enders Game Film Review

Star rating: 4/5 stars

Outstanding! From the graphics, to the acting, it is flawless. Gavin Hood and Orson Scott Card’s work on this movie is commendable (I struggled to find many faults). It all started off with Ender Wiggin, a young boy who is considerably more strategic and intelligent than the other students on the programme. He is chosen to be trained to become a commander, however he finds it difficult to leave his family, especially his older sister Valentine, due to his affectionate relationship with her. As he gets to the training base, he continues to shine brighter than the other students, making friends such as Petra, and enemies such as Bonzo. Repeatedly, he continues to shock everyone, as he is constantly improving and using tactics that lead him and his team to victory in his battles. All of this training builds up to a fantastic finale, which definitely shocked me.

Personally, I thought that this was a great representation of the book, as I have already read it, which I considered to be equally as incredible. Perhaps I would have chosen an actor who was slightly smaller, because in the book I feel like Ender is portrayed as being quite scrawny and a bit of a “wimp”. I found it was the opposite case with Bonzo because in the book, I imagined him being tall and strongly built, however in the movie he was actually smaller than Ender? I had to reduce my rating to 4 stars; the ending felt too rushed and because it was rushed it wasn’t fully explained. I felt quite confused at the end of the film. More time should have been spent on the end, and less time on extra battles.

Overall, I was pleased with Enders Game and would definitely recommend you to watch it. Even if you aren’t a sci-fi lover, it is a great film because I don’t particularly like science fiction, although I really enjoyed this movie. It has an action edge to it with a hint of romance between Ender and Petra. The acting was perfect from Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield; they definitely made the film complete. Honestly, Enders Game is worth the watch.  

By Cheyenne Linsdell, age 13

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