This weekend David and I got to see Ender’s Game and for me it was not bad, but it was not particularly good either. Now, I did finish reading the book for the second time probably about an hour before I actually watched the movie. This means that the book was extremely fresh on my mind and I had recently gone through the emotional roller-coaster that the book takes you on. So I openly admit that my opinion might be tainted. I do think there are decisions that they made that worked due to the fact that they had a limited amount of time. The biggest thing is that the movie felt sort of meh to me, but visually it was gorgeous so you really cannot go wrong there.
The other part of re-reading the book right before the movie is it reminded me how much I love the book. There are so many little intricacies that cannot be translated to a movie. Most of the book is told through Ender’s internal thoughts, which is really difficult to show in a movie format. At the same time that is the best parts of the books, thus making it almost impossible for that movie to actually exist. When I originally heard about Ender’s Game becoming a movie I was excited, but I did have the question about how they were really going to pull it off. So there are really too many things that I could talk about for how they translated the book to the movie, so I am going to list a few items they did well and a few items that I felt was missing. (Extreme Spoilers for Ender’s Game after the jump – which is to say, I am treating things as though you know what I am talking about.) Continue reading