Considering this science-fiction blockbuster was based on a best-selling book and all-time genre favourite by Orson Scott Card, it’s amazing how little Ender’s Game seemed to trouble the box office when it came out last year, instead disappearing without trace in a mist of indifference from cinema goers, despite looking perfectly placed to benefit from the current mania of Young Adult dystopia thrillers such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. What was it, exactly, that put people off?
It might have been some highly provocative and controversial comments that Card himself made to the media about same-sex marriage just before the film’s release that saw him become something of a persona non grata in liberal arts circle and certainly made life difficult for the film’s PR team. I only know about that storm third- or fourth-hand and don’t know the details, so I’m going to avoid adding my ill-informed two cents’ worth about any of that; and I will also say that I have never read Card’s original novel so I’m not able to provide a compare-and-contrast between source and adaptation. This is going to be a basic ‘what it looked like on the screen to me with no baggage’ review. Read the rest of this entry »