Ender’s Game finally made it to our theater out here. Ender’s Game is in my top 5 favorite books of all time (so long as we can count all of Harry Potter as one book – otherwise, things get complicated). This was the book I gave to Terry to read when I started having a crush on him way back in the day. (Clearly, books are my love language. “Oh I really like you and have strong feelings inside me. Here – take this book.” Terry, bless his heart, does not share this love language, but read it anyway. He loved it too. 🙂 )
You guys, I have been waiting for this movie for . . . a very long time. I mean, I’ve been waiting for it so long that I wanted to audition to play Valentine. Clearly I’m too old to play Valentine now. That’s how long I’ve been waiting for it. So you can understand my excitement when the movie finally came out.
Despite all that, I went in very hesitantly and with much trepidation. I mean, there was major potential to screw this up with those kind of expectations. And when the first preview for the movie came out I was . . . underwhelmed. I waited all day by the computer for it to be released and then felt disappointed when I saw it. This weekend then, I was worried that the movie would suck and I would be sad.
But you know what? I actually really liked the movie! In fact, I’d go so far as to say I LOVED it! Granted, the book is still better. Really, stories just tend to work best in the medium they’re first created in. The book gives you so much more details on Ender’s struggle for friendship and the stress, oh man the stress that he feels through the whole thing! And the loneliness. Not to mention Valentine’s and Peter’s whole Demosthenes and Locke subplot.
But it was sooo cool to see Battle School and the war games and simulations played out on screen. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at picturing in my head the things I read – it all comes out kind of blurry and I pay more attention to the emotions and character dynamics than the play-by-play action. So seeing it on screen – with rumbling sound – was amazing.
I think they did a fantastic job of getting across the importance of each of Ender’s friends, even if they each only got limited screen time. And in getting across Ender’s motivations for everything – whoever that actor is that plays Ender was perfect. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but they picked exactly the right person. I absolutely believed in both his kindness/understanding and his logical ruthlessness.
Also, the soundtrack. Awesome. So awesome. I’ll have to purchase that one. I love movie soundtracks. 🙂 It sounded so epic!!
And that ending outburst – knife to my heart! Poor little used and abused Ender! I cried. 🙁
Suffice it to say, if you haven’t seen it yet then shame on you, because it’s been out for months in your country, and go see it immediately. I can’t wait to find it at the video store. 🙂
As a side note, all the movies here are, naturally, shown with Mandarin subtitles (at least, I think they’re Mandarin. I suppose they could be Cantonese. I really would have no way of knowing). Usually subtitles bug me cuz I can’t help but try to read them. But when they’re written in Chinese characters I don’t even notice them! They’re so far beyond what I could even try to understand that I seriously don’t even register they’re on the screen. More than once we’ve been at the movies and I’ve asked Terry “where are the subtitles?” and he has to assure me that they’re there even if I haven’t been paying attention. (Obviously this conversation takes place between lines. I’m not such an idiot I can’t see the characters while they’re on the screen.)
Did you see Ender’s Game yet? What did you think of it? I’m dying to talk about it with someone and you’re all on the other side of the world!! Someone humor me, please.