Movie Review: Ender’s Game – 3.5/5

Based in the near future, the visually striking movie, Ender’s Game, tells of a young boy going from the lowest rung to being the admiral of an interstellar fleet. This story is based on the book by the same name, written by Orson Scott Card in 1985.

The film was well produced and the visuals were, in short, amazing. There were many moments, such as the recreation of the zero-gravity sparring arena, the Battle Room, that was reinterpreted from the book.

Unlike most book-to-movie interpretations of a story, Ender’s Game stayed extremely close to the actual plot of the book.

Most distinct is the Colonel Graff’s haunting phrase, with which he opens the movie, “I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one.”

That being said, there were many major issues both for fans of the series and those who had yet to read the book.

For the casual viewer, the movie felt rushed, and those who had not read the books could tell that many parts of the plot had been removed for the sake of time. The character’s were distant and almost humorous, with no connection to each other.

For the reader, some characters were not the same in the movie as in the book. In the book, commanders Rose-the-Nose and Bonzo Madrid were combined into Colonel Graff in the movie.

The plot was also rushed, but for the reader, it was enjoyable just to see the book put on the big screen.

While the movie was amazing for any viewer, I do advise reading the book first. Reading the book will not ruin the movie.