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Richard Edwards’ “Ender’s Game REVIEW” Dares to Be Similar, and Different

In response to Richard Edwards’s 388‑word review of Ender’s Game on SFX Magazine

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Remember when movie reviews started with an analysis of the author of the source material’s views on marriage equality? They’re back! And Richard Edwards’ “Ender’s Game REVIEW” is sure to remind you why we love such strange points of entry into film analysis!

Amazingly, Edwards appears to be among a handful of film reviewers who have actually read the original book. Sadly, this means there are also lots of book/movie comparisons, all of which suck energy away from the heart of the story. But the pertinence of the themes that tie the two together are examined well. Sadly, there’s also discussion of the director’s previous film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which never fully ties back in to the narrative. It’s an unnecessary subplot that pads the word count and little else.

Curiously, the plot isn’t explored, and the usual cop out of “they rushed the film” is juxtoposed against the insight of there being “too much stuff” to film. This kind of counter-punch of one’s own argument makes it hard to take any of the rest of Edwards’ points seriously.

An average review of an average film with above average expectations… it begs the question of whether or not this is life imitating art, and if it is, is it on purpose?   

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