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Sat, Nov. 2nd, 2013, 08:44 pm
Ender's Game (SPOILER ALERT)

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook:
So, tomorrow I'm going with Anne to see Ender's Game.

We're going to make a day of it: iMAX, lunch at Uno Chicago Grill. I've never read the book, and it's one of Anne's favorites, and we're both EXTREMELY aware of the issues (including Orson Scott Card's various issues), and are going to follow up with donations to LGBT causes.

I am going in with no prejudice against the movie itself. I will let you know if I think it's actually a good movie or not. And, bluntly, I'll spoil the hell out of it, unless I think it's such a must-see that I think you, erm, must see it.

Suffice it to say, I'm rather relaxed about this one. As opposed to THOR: THE DARK WORLD, about which I am SO FREAKIN' JACKED....

What upcoming films have you revved up? Obvious choices include THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, and THE HOBBIT 2: DRACONIC BOOGALOO.
And today I posted this:
Okay. Spoilers ahead.

Ender's Game.

I liked it a lot.

If you like the book, you should definitely see it, as it's apparently as close as we're likely to get to a good adaptation. Anne says some things were compressed or truncated, but it's largely all in there.

Casting: excellent. Acting: excellent. Special effects: really really good. Script: tight as a drum, neither dumbing things down nor explaining any more than necessary. Direction: solid. Themes: covered concisely and mostly completely.

Ben Kingsley: very good. (These things are always up in the air with Sir Ben. It's about a one-third chance for disaster: For every Gandhi and Dave, there's a The Sound of Thunder.)

Harrison Ford: extremely good. You watch him slide into Jack D. Ripper-hood, and the confrontation between him and Ender is brief and perfect.

Asa Butterfield: In the grand tradition of Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Haley Joel Osment, and Christina Ricci, the kid had to carry a movie, and he shrugged, hoisted it up on his shoulders, and that was that. Just marvelous. Thanks to him, I was invested in the movie in the first two minutes, and easily rode that to the end.

If you want to protest the movie, make a donation equal to your ticket price + popcorn to your favorite LGBT organization. Because, as much as I despise Card's sanctimonious hatred and uncut bullshit, the movie of his novel Ender's Game is pretty darn good.

Okay. Da Rules: first, normal Friends Of Tom rules -- be polite, link if ya got 'em. Comment ONLY on the movie -- not on why you decided to see it or not see it, not on OSC's mad homophobic rantings, not on how anyone who sees it obviously sucks as a human being. I will block FIRST OFFENSES -- no messing around on this one.

(Oh, and, Uno Chicago Grill. We had a Prima Pepperoni pizza and salmon with a barbecue sauce, and we decided to split everything, and the waitress brought the portions out split for us, and the farro side salad was excellent, and it was all really great.)

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1642047.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)

I can understand what you are saying about making a donation as amethod of protesting, but in my opinion the value you provide to Card by going to see the movie is more your contribution to the success of the movie and therefor the likelihood he will get another movie deal. I did like the book. But I am gay, and having learned what he has said about me, I will not contribute in any way to anything that might benefit him until he apologizes. (unless, of course, he is homeless or needs lifesaving help).

Edited at 2013-11-03 01:22 am (UTC)

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)

OSC has received all payment he will receive for the rights to EG. He has no backend deal involving royalties or anything else. Lionsgate has already said that, due to the controversy of OSC's homophobia, there will be no sequels to EG and thus no franchise.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)

That's kind of a shame, because the best Ender book is the first sequel, Speaker for the Dead. I'd have liked to see that film, in which a protagonist gets to choose what happens to him rather than having it happen at him.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)

Are you 100% SURE about that? You don't know how Hollywood works. No one does. With the different roles OSC has in the film he could very well get a share of the take. Also who's to say that another studio won't pick up the IP and make it a franchise?

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)

We can't be sure of the payment OSC has gotten and will receive in future for the film. However, John Scalzi, who has a fairly good understanding of Hollywood both as a critic and an author who's had books optioned, opines on the possibilities. It seems to me, from his analysis, that OSC has already made good money from the film, and is less likely to make significantly more with its box office success.

Mon, Nov. 4th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
kinsfire: Scalzi's review

I rather like Scalzi's comment about hoping that the movie does well, and exactly why. It's part of why I like him - his honesty about things like that.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)

One of the best and most insightful reviews I've read to date. I read Ender's Game (and it's sequels) and the author of this article points out things that never occurred to me. Every other sentence was an "oh, yeah" to me.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)

I'm kind of partial to this critique, which clearly articulated the reasons behind a lot of my discomfort with the books.

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)

From the commercials I think Ender knew full well what he was doing. He has that look in his eye. The adults knew he was going to blow up one day so better it do it to THEM as opposed to us.

In the book Ender got a message from the aliens saying that the war was started by a misunderstanding on their part and apologized. Did they do that in the movie?

Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)

Only A Little White Boy Can Save Us - Again. Seen it a billion trillion times, in every freakin' medium. I'll skip, thanks.

If it's that good? I can wait till OSC stops hurting my nephew and friends - either by him renouncing his activity, or by his death - before going to see the film (with my bucket of Soylent Green).

Fri, Nov. 8th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)

Actually, one of the points of the story is that one little white boy *can't* save us.

Fri, Nov. 8th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)

Okay. So he's not scruffy-looking.

My second paragraph still stands: When OSC stops hurting my nephew and my friends I'll consider checking out the film.

Tue, Nov. 5th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)

Slight aside - I think Hobbit 2 should use your full title, because nothing they will ever come up with will be half as awesome as "Hobbit 2: Draconic Boogaloo"...

Fri, Nov. 8th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)

Hobbit 2: Two Hours of Listening to Benedict Cumberbatch Growl. Life Is Good.