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Tony Hicks Underwhelms With “Ender’s Game”

In response to Tony Hicks’s 539‑word review of Ender’s Game on San Jose Mercury News

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Tony Hicks’s “Review: ‘Ender’s Game’ a stunning success” is a salad in a land of steaks. If this sounds like an insult, that’s because it is.

In all fairness, this is a decent salad; it’s got a few ripe ideas, some verdant points, and it’s well proportioned—there’s not too much of one thing or too little of another—but, in the end, it’s just not very filling and will leave you craving more.

The empty calories here come in the form of criticisms that feel banal or even unnecessary. Yes, Hicks deserves credit for making sure his review is packed with critique, but none of it matters when those critiques feel mundane: “Where some films spend too much time with computer-generated graphics, “Ender’s Game” gives you just enough, and they get better as the film goes on.”

The real problem here is that the critic’s writing lacks the descriptiveness and creativity to bring his ideas to fruition in a meaningful way. He’s got insights, but they are expressed too conventionally and ultimately lend the work a feeling of vague dullness.

In the end, Hicks’s creation here won’t win him any new fans and the commonplace execution will turn some readers off entirely.    

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