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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Is Keen in Excellent “Ender’s Game” Review

In response to Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s 371‑word review of Ender’s Game on AV Club,104933/

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is on his A-Game in “Ender’s Game (B-),” a review that delightfully balances the frustration of wasted “emotional potency” against the heroics of a director whose middle name is Momentum.

This tight-as-a-drum work doesn’t waste a word, launching into a story that delights in philosophy but cautions its readers not to go too deep: there’s idealism, ideology, and intentionalism, but readers will take Vishnevetsky’s advice and just enjoy the ride.

Where an opportunity to dive headfirst into plot appears, Game (B-) defers to the knowledge of the reader and offers them a few things they didn’t know they could look forward to: “efficient and purposeful” effects, a twist handled “without patronizing.”

Vishnevetsky, amused though he may be, is extremely judicious throughout his work, a move that readers will appreciate against the ego-driven opinion-peddling many reviews this season have descended into.

In fact, one of the best things about Vishnevetsky’s piece is its refusal to shrink into solipsism—it’s a self-contained work, but one with a debt to both the film that inspired it and the book that inspired the film. Unlike those reviewers make much of themselves, Game (B-) makes much of its audience. It’s self-aware and intelligent.

Vishnevetsky deserves every bit of the credit for this fine work, which audiences will fall in love with from the first sentence.    

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