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Alan Scherstuhl Lets Personal Feelings Cloud “Ender’s Game”

In response to Alan Scherstuhl’s 1066‑word review of Ender’s Game on Village Voice

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Alan Scherstuhl mounts a high horse and rides it until it dies of exhaustion in “Here’s Everything Wrong With Ender’s Game.”

Scherstuhl decides to launch a personal attack on Orson Scott Card, author of the book on which Ender’s Game is based, and regardless of how you feel about Card’s statements (in case you missed it, Card expressed his disdain for “flagrant” gay sex), this is not the forum for Scherstuhl to moralize or air his grievances. It’s a film critique and, as a critic, Scherstuhl has an obligation to judge films solely on their artistic merits.

In Scherstuhl’s reviews of Woody Allen movies, there’s no mention of his dalliance with his own step daughter. Same goes for Roman Polanski’s doping and rape of a 13 year old girl. As disagreeable as Card’s opinion may be, it doesn’t alter one frame of the film in question. In other words, if the criteria for a film’s worth becomes the personal beliefs of the filmmakers or actors, the integrity of the entire profession of critique will crumble.

What’s the point of all this? The point is that Scherstuhl lets his personal beliefs cloud the most important tool in his critical belt: his judgment.    

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