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'Ender's Game' trailers concern: Why so little Ender?


Ender’s Game is released in two weeks. And we’ve been seeing trailers since May (below). There’s something missing from them, and it’s a pretty big deal: The film’s main character Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield). Oh he’s there all right, brooding and waving his arms a lot. But somebody who is completely unfamiliar with Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel would be forgiven for thinking that Harrison Ford was the star.

When the first trailer was released many moons ago, stuffed with Ford’s growling narration about space invaders and this amazing young potential leader, I thought: Oh, they’re using the iconic Star Wars actor and a lot of special effects to sell this sci-fi film at this early stage instead of focusing on Ender’s story, I suppose that makes sense.

But now that the film opens Nov. 1., and we’ve mainly seen adult characters like Ford’s battle school Colonel Graff and Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham talking about Ender rather than Ender’s perspective, it’s a little worrisome. The movie is about Ender Wiggin. It’s his journey through Battle School training to fight alien invaders. The film is called Ender’s Game.

Yet from Ender we have heard four beats of dialogue: “So I’m not the first?” …”Track them from below the ice. Shoot straight. Stay calm. Here we go. FIRE!” … “I’ll do everything I can to win this war” … And: “In 3, 2, 1, NOW!”

And that’s IT in the trailers (there is more Ender in online clips, if fans seek them out). Nothing else about Ender’s journey, and nothing about the other kids in Battle School. There is a whole supporting cast of key young characters in this film who largely haven’t been promoted at all, such as comrade Petra — in the photo above played by Hailee Stenfeld — his loving sister Valentine, and his bullying brother Peter, and the villainous Bonzo. In the trailers, Ender’s only apparent adversary is arm fatigue. READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game' and Spider-Man: Pop Culture's Big Gay Panic

Most artists and writers instinctively dislike the idea of cultural boycotts, and for good reason. The scales should always tip toward freedom of expression — even disagreeable expression — and when we fight over pop culture, our arguments should stem from knowledge rather than from a flat refusal to engage with questionable material. Besides, most cultural boycotts are strategically ineffective; it’s hard to tally the number of people who don’t see a movie or watch a TV show, and impossible to determine when staying away constitutes a statement and when it merely indicates lack of interest.

As a manifestation of anger or disgust, boycotts are extreme and, appropriately, rare. So it’s noteworthy that talk of an organized protest against the sci-fi drama Ender’s Game, which opens Nov. 1, has heated up enough to provoke responses from both Orson Scott Card, the author of the novel on which it’s based, and the movie’s distributor. Card is an outspoken opponent of marriage equality whose decades-long history of antigay public commentary is well documented; now that he has a movie to sell, he is saying that in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the issue is “moot.” On July 8, he gave a statement to EW in which he urged gay rights supporters to show “tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”

It’s hard to know where to begin to dismantle the smugness and intellectual dishonesty in Card’s words. His assertion that gay rights are now “moot” in a country in which 37 states still consider my marriage unworthy of recognition is weak enough, but I’d rather move on to his self-serving appropriation of “tolerance.” No group of people is required to tolerate those who would oppress them, but beyond that, Card is using calm and temperate language to disguise the extremity of his position. He’s not simply against marriage equality; as recently as 2008, he publicly called for straight married Americans to unite in an effort to “destroy” their “mortal enemy,” by which he meant a revolutionary overthrow of any U.S. government led by “dictator-judges” who support same-sex marriage. He’s an off-the-spectrum hatemonger cloaking himself as a voice of principled opposition, and he richly deserves to be shunned. READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game': Who else is ridiculously excited?

Ender's GameA few years ago, when I was visiting home, I found a copy of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game lying outside of my room. “Mom, what is this book?” I hollered downstairs.

“Oh, I bought it for you,” she yelled back up to me. Somehow, she must have known I was balking at the sight of a smiley little boy astronaut on the cover. “Everyone says that’s such a great book,” she quickly added.

“Mom, this literally looks like it was written for a third grader,” I complained as I reluctantly shoved the paperback onto my already overcrowded shelf.

Well, the following summer, I found myself lying around my apartment one weekend with nothing to do. For some reason — probably the fact that I’m a great son — I had shoved Ender’s Game into my suitcase before I moved up to New York City, and since I had nothing better to do, I decided to give the book a try.

Well, it took all of 20 minutes for me to understand why my mom had heard so many good things. Ender’s Game was amazing! READ FULL STORY

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