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Ken Hanke Confuses Rambling With Critique in “Ender’s Game”

In response to Ken Hanke’s 686‑word review of Ender’s Game on Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Ken Hanke confuses poor humor and annoying sarcasm with legitimate critique in the unbelievably vague “Ender’s Game (PG-13).” All the critic does is pout without properly breaking down the film, and refuses to offer the reader examples of what exactly makes the film a “shitstorm.”

Hanke does not lack effort in Ender’s Game, but it is misguided. Rather than exploring the performances, character, and plot, the critic rambles on and attempts to be cute rather do his job. Oh no, a character is named “The Chosen One!” Hanke can’t seem to get over this fact, and is unable to drive his points home with sufficient analysis.

Speaking of “The Chosen One,” it would have done Hanke some good to critique the lead performance of Asa Butterfield in or even the supporting cast. Instead, the critic produces a collection of vague statements in the final paragraph that come across as lazy rather than informative.

To make matters worse, never once does Hanke acknowledge the director Gavin Hood by name in Ender’s Game. This is a perfect example of mailing it in. The critic is obviously not interested in producing a big-boy critique for his audience.

Ender’s Game is a massive critique fail.    

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