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millean 11/4/2013 11:45:45 AM

OK.  Well, back on topic...

Semi-spoilerish warning:

I was a bit disappointed that they did not end up using any of the Ender's Shadow book.  I thought Bean's story was much more interesting.  I understand them leaving that out due to time constraints, but was disappointed as I had heard from several different people/sources that the movie would encompass both books.



I know ignitethepages will be disappointed as none of the Locke/Demosthenes plot thread was used.  I was surprised that Peter played such a small role in the film, with his influence in the books being as significant as it is.


It would have been hard to follow the movie as well without having read the book.  I'm sure that can be said about most movie adaptations, though...


chervil 11/4/2013 5:21:04 PM

Just got back from seeing it with My dad and daughter and all three generations (ages 18-60) who are all fans of the book thought it was great.


They hit all of the high points in the book and the CGI for the battles (both space/earth and battle school) were spot on.

I know some have complained about the pacing, the heavy-handedness of the message, etc., but I just don't see it.
There are a few things I wish they had clarified a bit (why only two children, the fact that Ender's parents were geniuses, and a few others that are spoilerish so I won't include them) but overall it was exactly how it should have been.
The fact that they included the Mind Game astonished me. I wasn't sure if they would be able to "get it across" but they did a great if abbreviated job with it. (he revisits the castle several times before he defeats the snake iirc. )

Bean was fantastic and I really wish they had filmed Ender's Shadow concurrently, as I think that would make a better line of sequels than the rest of Ender's actual saga.

I didn't think they really showed Peter as a sociopath as much as just a bullying older brother, and I don't remember them bringing up that he had killed Stilson and Bonzo, which really explains a lot of Ender himself in a way.

The actor that did Bonzo was dead-on and was able to really show the rage and hate buildup greatly.

Overall those who have read the book should be captivated by the movie, and I would wager that this will motivate a lot of young readers to pick up the book.

I would actually give it an A, possibly an A-.

Great job and while I hope it does well, honestly it doesn't matter since they made the only book in the series I think would translate well to a movie (excepting the Shadow series, of course).
The rest could be made into mini-series for FX or something....


caredskinfan 11/5/2013 8:50:44 AM

       I always find it curious that when someone stands up for Homosexuality they are deemed a hero, but when someone from the other side stands up for their beliefs they are vilified and labeled negatively.  We've actually come to a point in our society where one side is free to share their views while the other is either shut up or badgered so harshly(IMO a form of censorship) that they are name called, labled and out right bullied.
      What else I find curious is when someone disagrees with the pro-homosexuality view, they are a hate monger, a racist or a homophobe. I've seen some people here stating such accusations. Why than aren't these same people who support the homosexual lifestyle hate mongers, christianaphobes or religists for dissenting against those views??



caredskinfan 11/5/2013 8:55:29 AM

 @tevii, If they are fighting for the same rights everyone else has, ask a GL person if it were legal to attain everything married couples have tomorrow(hospital visitation, insurance,wills, ect) only they can only have a civil union, I bet you they would deny it. It's not about eqaul rights, it's about total acceptance nation wide of them, being forced by a movement. They would say, separate but equal. There is large difference between acceptance and tolerance. Most people who disagree with homosexuality tolerate them, however, they don't accept them, which is where the problem comes in.



VTGamehendge 11/5/2013 2:41:36 PM

Headed out to the IMAX 3D show in about two hours!

Wiseguy 11/5/2013 4:08:52 PM

I guess your I-Max is the only one in the entire planet showing it in 3D :)

VTGamehendge 11/6/2013 9:07:41 AM

Yeah...I didn't realize it wasn't in 3D.  I even asked the girl taking my ticket where the glasses were.  Lol!  DOH!

Anyway, I was little disappointed at first by that, but the movie was good and I enjoyed it for the most part.  I can understand why some people didn't care for the pacing, but it didn't bother me too much.  I will say though that I have mixed feelings about the ending as someone who never read the book.  Not sure I liked that final battle scene, not just the end result but just how it played out.  I don't know if "anti-climactic" is the right word (and I kinda figured it was no longer a game at that point), but it seemed like it should have been drawn out a bit more.  It felt a little too abrupt, I guess is what I'm trying to say.  But I did like the actual final scene with Ender "riding off into the sunset" so to speak on his quest to redeem himself for what he and the fleet did.  I look forward to the sequels!

mlaforce 11/13/2013 5:16:54 PM

You know I hated a guy name Corman once, know it has nothing to do with Moremones per say but I thought it was worth mentioning not only because it rymes with Moremones but because Muenster said something about, well, moremones...Oh shit, is this the Moremones thread or a review to a sci fi movie?

As far as the movie goes, here is hoping for the best because I love supporting hate groups, we need more of them if you ask me, hate, hate, hate, hate and hate mother f*ckers...Na, just kidding I don't hate...I dislike, for instance I dislike that that c*ck sucker Zillabitch, no two ways about that sh*t but don't let that effect our relationship my fellow maniacs cause were all cool and what not and so forth, ok? Alright, good talk...

caredskinfan 12/4/2013 10:04:48 AM

 @miaforce, when did the opposing view that homosexuality is wrong become hate?  Wouldn't that logic than stand to reason that those who support homosexuality hate as well?

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