Ender’s Game (2013)


Dave’s 3Word Review:
Fascinating for juveniles.

Oh, to be young again. Can you remember the time when everything you ever saw was awe-inspiring? Such an innocent time, our childhood. With time comes knowledge of what makes a movie award material, and that innocence we once held loses its traction and films just stop becoming so special. When I was a kid, I loved movies so much I inspired to be an actor myself, so I could create such stories of captivation. Of course, I learned my true gift was swallowed more with writing than acting. So with my writing ability, I turn your attention to Ender’s Game, a movie that back in the day, you might have really enjoyed, but further in life…not as much.

In the far, far off future, children (through the use of realistic video games) are trained in combat for an eventual battle. You see, back in the day, aliens attacked earth. We were able to destroy them, but for years they have waited for their next attack. So children are trained, and Ender is one of the smartest kids anyone has ever seen. His ability to make choices at the spur of the moment and to stop a threat from further attacks wins him a spot in outer space, where his training continues to heighten until the eventual true battle in the stars.

Man, when I was in my early teens or late childhood, I kid you not, Ender’s Game would have instantly been my favorite movie of all time. This film is filled to the brim with an element of epicness that kids would absolutely love, mixed with high-flying space adventures, video game fun, and friendships to last a lifetime. Plus, the very character of Ender is one that many kids could connect with, as he is the small, dorky underdog type. Something we’ve seen several times before, but that’s because it works. There’s little to nothing a youth wouldn’t like about the movie, the characters are in their age range, what can I say? However, the magic that this film clearly sets doesn’t work as well for the adults.

Adults just can’t connect with many of the characters. In the scheme of things, there is two men and one woman in the “adults” category. They are all really amazing characters to be sure, but it doesn’t reward the audience with enough personality to connect with everyone. Some people will connect with Harrison Ford while others don’t. Either way, it’s pretty awesome to see him in space again, directing orders. Now don’t get me wrong, just because adults can’t really connect with any of the characters doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the film at all, because they can. The story in itself is a very intriguing one all around, and one I’d be very interested in continuing watching with sequels that are clearly planning to be made. Beyond the premise, the film is mysterious and action filled enough to never feel long or dragged out. So there are things about this film that appeal to all ages, with an obvious nod towards youth.

This is a very futuristic sci-fi oriented film, so if what floats your boat is typically realism, then this film isn’t for you, then again you probably knew that. I’d say the target audience for this film was “the whole family”. Not a lot of kids’ movies are enjoyable by the whole family anymore, and this is one that fits that description rather well. I just wish I was kid again. Oh the joys to look forward to movie- adapted toys.

The Good:

Ender’s Game is an amazing film for young adults as it holds a tremendous amount of action, adventure, character development all geared around people in their age-range for one epic ride. The story itself is one that feels original, fresh, and very intriguing.

The Bad:

Adults may find themselves having a more difficult time connecting with the characters, but they will still have at least a significant percentage of the fun while watching.

Memorable Quote:

Ender Wiggin: In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.

2 thoughts on “Ender’s Game (2013)

  1. Good review Dave. I still don’t have a clue who this movie was actually for. However, it was quite interesting to see where it went with its story, and what exactly it was trying to say.


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