The fatal flaw of the 'Ender's Game' movie

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  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Some liberal critics panned this movie because of Card's "gay" comments. However it seems to be doing very well at the box office. It has been #1. I enjoyed the story and see from the comments that the story and ending are somewhat different. I will have to wait until Netflix gets it.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 11, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    Like I said, no Ouch when Hollywood is your standard and your voters put Bad Grampa and the Millers on top.

    Excellent movie for the non-book fans. Now I will get the book and see how well Brother Card writes.

  • Contrariusiest mid-state, TN
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    @evansrichdm --

    "It wont make a profit, the gay community made it so with this movie. "

    I doubt the "gay community" had very much to do with it.

    I think the call for a boycott was a good thing, because it led to a lot of public discussion about homophobia and political action in general -- but there was no great consensus amongst the "gay community" or its supporters that staying away from the movie was an important thing to do. For instance, as I've said before, I personally encouraged everyone to go see the movie because Lionsgate is a great supporter of gay rights -- and many other people thought that Card's political views were irrelevant to the movie.

    The fact is that **most** movies aren't blockbusters. Hollywood is a tricky business, with lots of losers. A movie can very easily fail at the box office without being the victim of any nefarious plot.

    According to yesterday's Variety, Lionsgate won't decide about a sequel for another week or two. They are also considering a TV spinoff.

    The movie cost $110 million to make. So far the box office take has been $32 million in the US and $9 overseas.

  • JO2 Wetumpka, AL
    Nov. 8, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    I've been a big fan of the book for years. If there is any flaw in the movie adaptation it's in the need for everything to feel rushed. The book's narrative spans years while the entire experience of Battle School in the movie seems compressed into what make have been only months, weeks or even just days.
    Ender's Game was a fun film and I'd like to see more films from Orson Scott Card's bibliography make it to the theater. Unfortunately Hollywood politics is likely to make this our only chance to enjoy a great author's work translated to the screen.

  • Georgie Baby Denver, CO
    Nov. 8, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    Leaving this detail you call a "fatal flaw" out of the first movie it a great opener for the second movie. It's how the story transitions. The last scene with Ender shows him traveling and sleeping. Those of us who know the story, understand that he can hear and communicate with the queen. I bet you ten bucks that the relating of this story to Ender is the opening scenes of the second movie.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    I loved the movie and the book. I don't know what a "fatal flaw" for a movie is. Will it cause the death of the movie? How? Will people get up and walk out? Will they not go based on your review? Is "fatal flaw" just a figure of speech for movie reviewers? I guess I'm questioning whether your headline was just a teaser to get someone to read your random thoughts about the end of the movie.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    It wont make a profit, the gay community made it so with this movie. I saw and enjoined the movie, of course books are always better.