It's been a few years since I've read Ender's Game. 6 years in fact. I love that book so much though. I didn't ever read past the first book in the series... though my husband has read them all. We have been talking for years about there being a movie based on the book. I remember reading about many attempts at making it but failing. I am glad it didn't get made until now. This movie needs a lot of CGI. I think it was made at the right time.... had this been made in the past it would look like that crazy movie Tron (the original) and though most people love that movie I was totally confused. Now the remake I get.
Back to Ender...I do think there was a lot in this movie. To put that entire book into this movie was a big undertaking. I suppose too if you haven't read the book you would probably think this movie is going to be all about aliens... it's not. This book/movie is supposed to be about the dynamic of the group of kids put together and made to become military members. This is not a new story. This has been done many times... most recently I read about it in the The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey... kids becoming military. So it's hard to bring that type of comradery to the screen.
Otherwise I thought this was a fun film. I did see it in IMAX and thought it was worth it. I even got dizzy a few times in shots from space. The movie does follow the novel to me pretty well. There were a few stories left out of the movie but that had to be done. I hear that Card is writing another Ender's Game novel that will follow right after this book. This is because the 2nd book that is out now takes place way after Ender's Game.
I think I will give this movie 6 stars out of 10. It is a really fun movie and great for an escape but the story does go super fast. And of course.. who doesn't want to see Harrison Ford???