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Lionne posted 11/10/2013 11:04 AM

I broke my long standing movie boycott and went to see the this movie. I LOVED the book series, got my two DSs hooked and wanted to see how well it was adapted. I never like movie adaptations with few exceptions. There were a few things I did like, but obviously, the necessary condensation of the story didn't allow proper character development.
What did you think?

[This message edited by scaredyKat at 11:04 AM, November 10th (Sunday)]

TrustNoOne posted 11/10/2013 14:41 PM

Probably not a fair review since I never read the books.

My husband read them; had been looking forward to the movie for many many months - and we both absolutely loved it; probably me a bit moreso than him ~ because as you said, movie adaptations rarely live up to the books.

Take2 posted 11/10/2013 15:16 PM

I can give a pass for condensing the time line, and all that involved ... but the graduation battle scene and the way they played it with the observers - was totally blown for no reason I can discern... Beyond that it was pretty good! I suspect much better if you hadn't read and analyzed the book last month with a group of teens!

Clarrissa posted 11/10/2013 17:39 PM

Just saw the trailer, not the movie but read the book which I thought was excellent. As far as the trailer, I admit to being disappointed and a little ticked. According to the trailer, they completely changed a major plot point. And the kids are much older than described in the book. Ender was only 5 or 6 when he started at the school and 8 or 9 at the climax. In the movie, he looks at least 12. I know they condense/change things from book to movie, usually because of budget/time constraints but to change a *major* plot point, I think is just wrong.

Lionne posted 11/10/2013 18:00 PM

That's true about the age issue. It's also true that the ending is substantially different, not in the outcome, but in the state of mind of the main character.

In my opinion, it's nearly impossible to convert a book to a movie and maintain integrity to any substantial degree,unless that book is clearly WRITTEN to be sold as movie material...I adore both The Polar Express book and movie but neither resemble one another.

The early talk of a sequel to Ender's Game have me confused as well...surely they aren't going to follow him to the land of the Pequeninos? Or are they going to follow Bean, Petra and the rest of the Earth bound warriors?

caregiver9000 posted 11/10/2013 18:11 PM

I read the book many years ago. DS just finished the book. DS had plenty of issues with the inconsistencies, but for me, with the distance between the reading and the movie, I enjoyed the movie a lot!

I thought that the camera action that made the body feel disoriented was effective. The handling of the bully/violence was handled sensitively.

DS liked the movie but insisted that the book was much better. All in all, I appreciate that outcome.

ladyvorkosigan posted 11/11/2013 07:51 AM

Ender's Game means so much to me that I don't think I can take it.

Seriously, Orson Scott Card and Lois McMaster Bujold are pretty much my spiritual parents. They got divorced about 10 years ago because she couldn't take his relentless negativity any longer, but he's still my dad, and the lessons he taught me are still valid, even though I can no longer have conversations with him for the same reasons mom divorced him, and also because he constantly bitches about mom, who never bitches about him, only looks sad when the subject comes up. Briefly sad. Then she goes on another cruise.

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