I always thrilled for LDS authors when their popular books are made into movies! Congratulations to Orson Scott Card for making it on to the big screen with his beloved Ender's Game
Here is my review of the film I posted on my movie review blog. I thought it would be good to share here since the movie is now out on DVD!
- I love Harrison Ford, even if I have to see him as a grumpy, aging man.
- I’ve also adored Ben Kingsley ever since he won an Oscar for Best Actor in Gandhi many years ago. The design on his face was very cool and supposed to represent a way to speak for the dead. His father was a Maori. I have a friend whose ancestry is Maori. He plays the ukulele and sings songs in Maori for his students.
- You feel like you get your money’s worth because the film is long, but moves quickly.
- I thought Ender’s squeaky, pubescent voice was perfect because it constantly reminds you that he is still just a boy. Asa Butterfield does a terrific job. I loved him in Hugo. Ben Kingsley was in that movie as well. It was simply stunning in 3D.
- I liked the cadets’ white casual wear and would like one for myself to wear at home when I’m just kicking around.
- I hadn’t read the book, so I had no idea what was going to happen. I love twists.
- The zero gravity room looks super fun! I went Indoor Skydiving in Las Vegas recently and had a blast…literally! A giant fan blasts air at you so that you float. I highly recommend it! This is a picture of my husband, son, and I after our indoor skydiving experience, which is probably the closest we'll ever get to a zero gravity feeling:
- So, it only takes 3 adults to run that entire spaceship?
- I was surprised at the amateur-looking credits at the end of the movie.
- It takes itself a little bit too seriously and could have been improved with more peppering of humor.
- The way we win matters.
- “Let us train our soldiers so they can be gifted at war AND peace.”
- “This is basic rocket science, people!” - teacher
- “Game over.” - Ender
- The button on the back of their necks that is used to monitor them reminded me of The Matrix .
- Hailee Steinfeld plays a character whose name is Petra. Petra means rock in Latin. She becomes Ender’s rock throughout their experience in the training experience in the International Fleet.
If your tween loved the movie, you can find the box set of the book series here: