No, I'm not talking about The Hobbit, I haven't seen that yet. I have faith in that one.
What I'm referring to is the upcoming Ender's Game movie.
Don't get me wrong, anything with Harrison Ford in it is going to be awesome. Also, I totally haven't read more than a little of Ender's Game, but by its premise alone I think it sounds fantastic - in fact, come to think of it, I'm gonna grab it at the library tomorrow.
Ahem, anyway. Really confused by the early footage clearly depicting far older kids than should be in the movie. Although I hear they're trying to condense the book into a single year (uhhh....), it still is a little absurd to start off Ender's Game with older teens and just phone it in like that. As I recall, the story starts with the main character about 5 or 6, and ends with him being a diminutive 15 year old - although the actor playing Ender is supposedly 15, he looks older for his age.
The first released picture makes me think more about Dog Pound meets Full Metal Jacket after being violently abused by Tron.
Hopefully it'll be a fine movie by its own merits - I'll read the book all the way at last regardless. I'm just raising eyebrows at the possibility the producers did another fantastic derp and decided to use older teens again because they're idiots and/or don't want to work with child actors. Or they think it'd be "inappropriate" given the subject material.
Remember how Let The Right One In/Let Me In succeeded and had awesome performances because the producers/directors flipped the executives the bird? When using child actors it's not only possible to make fantastic productions, but there's an entirely different spin on things. Let The Right One In would've failed utterly in every way had Oskar been merely 5 years older. This isn't just a "youth rights" rant or some bollocks, it's a valid point: will an Ender's Game movie function with that entire element excised? Any fans want to weigh in on it? How about the possibility that they're going to shoot for a PG rating?
Just saying. I mean, if they really want to cram everything into one year, then I suppose it makes sense. But I'm very dubious.
Aww, heck, who am I kidding? It has Ford in it. I'm going to catch this in cinema as soon as it comes out. Wait... no, a week after the initial rush. Screw that, I'm not squeezing into a packed theater.
PS: apparently the kids in the book sleep in the nude.
One, no surprise that's not in the movie. Two, uhh, that's kinda... um... riiiiight. Three, eww, you're gonna be washing those sheets daily I hope. Eww.
Also, as for the dude playing Ender being "big for his age"? Wasn't it sort of a theme that Ender was very small when he grew (the size of an average 12 year old) but compensated for it with his wit?
-- Addendum --
I know Orson Scott Card is anti-homosexual, and a Mormon. I have serious reservations about Mormons and the CLDS. Please do not feel any need to remind me. -.-
5 years, 9 months ago
06 Dec 2012 14:56 CET