‘Electrifying’ and ‘rousing’ are just a few of the words being used to describe ‘Ender’s Game,’ opening Nov. 1. Will YOU go see it?
Big-screen adaptations of young-adult novels are always hit or miss. For every Twilight, there’s a Mortal Instruments; for every Hunger Games, a Beautiful Creatures. But it sounds like Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card‘s tale of a futuristic world, in which children are trained for a war against an alien race known as “Buggers” — is a direct hit, and a safe bet to top the box office this weekend.
Top critics are raving about the sci-fi flick — starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford — and HollywoodLife.com rounded up our favorite reviews to give you a taste of what you’re in for, should you choose to play Ender’s Game:
At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
Ender’s Game is more than a parable about bullying, or a disquisition on the concept of the ‘just war.’ It’s also a rousing action film, especially in Imax. You may come for the candy coating, but you’ll ruminate on the chewy nougat filling all the way home.
Written and directed by Gavin Hood and starring Harrison Ford and young Asa Butterfield, Ender’s Game gains a lot from the ability of its story to touch a nerve. A film for young people to which adults can eavesdrop if they are so inclined, it’s not any more sophisticated than it needs to be. But its strong special effects make its simulated battles effective and, echoing the book, its story line touches on a number of intriguing issues.
— Andy Swift