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Ed Whitfield Stands Firm Against the Fanboys in “Ender’s Game”

In response to Ed Whitfield’s 620‑word review of Ender’s Game on The Ooh Tray

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Poor Ed Whitfield. He writes a hyper intelligent, gorgeously written piece of film journalism in “Film Review: Ender’s Game” and his reward is an all out offensive from nitwit fanboys who must protect their sacred book at the cost of all decency (perhaps they’ve never read anything of real import).

Yes, Orson Scott Card’s political views have zilch to do with Ender’s Game the film and yes, Whitfield’s disdain for the author does appear to blur his vision here and there, but he doesn’t belabor the point and, really, who can tell how he would have reviewed the film had he not been privy to Card’s views?

The answer is no one and it doesn’t matter. Bias is an unavoidable ingredient in the critical process and, while critics serve their readers better by making an attempt at objectivity, true detachment is not achievable.

Whitfield’s points are pertinent; “the insincerity’s compounded by Hood’s workmanlike direction and an indifferent cast” who “cut mono-dimensional figures in a film that desperately needed some weight to bring it to life.”

The critique could have been more prominent and there’s some unnecessary tangential straying here (don’t worry fanboys, points are being deducted for that), but, in all, this is a thoughtful, well-reasoned review whose prose makes it a cut above.    

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