My hubby and I went to see the movie Ender’s Game and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read the book or books, but I do know that there has been some controversy about the author and his views about homosexuals. I didn’t see anything controversial within the movie, instead I found that Ender was a very sympathetic and compassionate young man, I found his character to be riveting. During the movie I couldn’t help but think that someone of Ender’s caliber did not belong in the army or the military, that he would make a poor soldier because he wouldn’t simply accept orders and at the end it seems that my opinion was vindicated.
The movie also brought to mind our nation’s mindset after 9/11. How we brought a war to “them” and how we live militaristically and in fear. It struck me because Ender threw the fact that the initial attack was 50 years ago and then nothing from the enemy and yet Earth’s military was actively building up for another attack. The movie brought home to me that we as a nation maybe need to move back away from our oversized military and our oversized fear.
I was absolutely charmed by Petra and her relationship with Ender. I also enjoyed Ender’s evolution as a leader and how he brought the other’s into his decision making and his strategies. But Petra definitely was my favorite, she provided Ender with something indispensable, something that made him a better leader for it.
I don’t want to give anything away, I just know that I really liked it and it made me think which all good movies should do, it is their purpose after all.