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Roger Moore’s “Movie Review: “Ender’s Game”” Grabs the Point

In response to Roger Moore’s 484‑word review of Ender’s Game on McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Roger Moore’s “Movie Review: ‘Ender’s Game’” is complicated because you expect it to be written by James Bond. And it’s not. It’s almost better.  

Sparing no time, Moore gives readers a good dose of clear plot analysis, and then smacks into a comment about the source material being “humorless”, stumbles into a rather funny comparison with Starship Troopers, and gets full marks for including The Last Starfighter as part of the whole shebang.

Then things get serious. Moore does not wish this piece to be a nostalgia bomb, or a fan letter. The deadly theme of kids and violence is given the review’s full attention. The challenge of being grim and military without being “flat” is addressed, which others have seemed to ignore. Huzzah.

However, the lack of humanity expressed in these themes seems to Moore to be the tool that sucked the heartfelt, thrilling,and fun elements out of the range of possible options the film had before it. It begs the question: what fun, heartfelt, thrilling story of children learning to commit genocide against crazy ant people did Moore wish he was seeing, and where does the line start? Because it may be the greatest idea ever.     

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