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Todd Jorgenson’s “Ender’s Game” Is Smart, but Formulaic

In response to Todd Jorgenson’s 381‑word review of Ender’s Game on Cinemalogue.com 

http://www.cinemalogue.com/2013/11/01/enders-game/

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Todd Jorgenson’s “Ender’s Game” touches all the bases and does it with poise and assurance.  

For the most part, this is a by the book affair, but Jorgenson manages to liven up the proceedings with a colorful vocabulary and a gift for description. He’s a talented and confident writer and this is work that outshines many of the so called big name critics working in the establishment. The laziness that so often crops up in the work of more recognizable critics is nowhere to be seen here.

Jorgenson is clearly a film historian and his arguments reflect that; there’s a firm foundation that informs all his criticism of the film, which he finds to be “more interested in style than substance.”

For all its commanding tone, the piece does feel a bit mechanical, as if Jorgenson is following a checklist and marking items off after each paragraph. There’s nothing wrong with being methodical but here it starts to show at the seams a little too much.

There’s also a complete lack of humor (or even amiability) and that dryness can wear out its welcome when no reprieve is given. Thankfully, this critic knows when to leave the party and he’s kept it short and to the point before any weariness can set in.    

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