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Colin Convert Has Poor Intro Game in “Just Glum”

In response to Colin Covert’s 530‑word review of Ender’s Game on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Colin Covert offers the basic goods in his latest work “Review: Ender’s Game is just glum.” The work isn’t bad nor necessarily memorable, but does enough to get by.  

Readers will notice that Covert jumps directly into plot summary in Just Glum.  There is no introduction or opening thesis to warm the reader up, and the critic just gets right at it. The style does not convey an understanding of finesse or proper care for the audience, and one may feel that Covert’s approach is somewhat aggressive.

There is nothing for one to grasp on to in the first three paragraphs of Just Glum other than Covert’s statement that the film “is merely glum.” The critic describes the film with force, but one may be yawning by the time Covert says something interesting.

Just Glum relies on references in the second half, which is an easy way to not have to think too much. Covert does provide a bit of intrigue with his statements on the bullying, but there is little actual analysis of Asa Butterfield’s Ender.

Covert closes out Just Glum with a solid paragraph of vague statements, and fails to take the work to the next level. The review feels like something that was written out of compulsion, rather than a work that was created out of time, love, and effort.

Just Glum is satisfactory, but ultimately just another review that is easily forgettable.    

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