I agree that the story was very skeletal. After spending a few days thinking it over and listening to the movie's soundtrack, I've determined that my least favorite thing about the movie itself was that it pretty much skipped over Dragon Army. Dragon Army is my favorite part of Ender's Game, and was the one part that I was most looking forward to in the movie. Obviously, I was really disappointed that they only got one quick game in the movie and everything else was essentially brushed over.
And it did annoy me that for that one shown game for Dragon, Graff allowed Petra to transfer into Dragon so that Ender wasn't short a soldier. Which struck me as odd because I thought Graff wanted Ender to not figure he'd get help? Having him be short a soldier would be more of a test to see how well he'd do strategically rather than giving him help from an adult.
Speaking of Petra, while I do enjoy that her character was given more time, a few of the scenes she was in should have been done with Alai or Bean or even Dink. (Someone on an OSC fanforum asked why Dink was in the jeesh in the movie. They understood why in the books, but felt that Dink wasn't given enough development in the movie to show why Ender could trust him.) Though Petra was given more screen time in an effort to bring in the young female audience, which I can believe. (Seriously. Some of her scenes reminded me a little too much of self-insert fanfiction. Given the fans that Asa Butterfield has, I'm not surprised that I could walk away with that interpretation.)
If you'd still like to read my first impressions, I have them posted here.
I like the ending message as well. That really is a good way for Ender's character to go. Being forced into an "innocent xenocide" is an interesting thing to think about.
Also, I'm going to be going to see the movie again later this week. I'll let you know if any thoughts of mine do indeed change on a second viewing.
I definitely want to read impressions; impress away.
My main complaint is that it felt kind of skeletal--everything seemed so underdeveloped, especially Dragon Army. And of course, Bean and Peter got shafted. Thought the emphasis on the morality of using overwhelming force to guarantee no future attacks was a good decision, and it gave a good focus for Ender's character.
I've only seen it once, last night at the last showing at my local theater. I'm still kind of "meh" about it. Don't know if you want to read my long first impressions on it. Still hoping to see it again though.
I haven't played the Wonderswan games yet. I'm trying to get through Y still, but I just haven't had the interest in playing it. Nothing against the game though! I love it, and all the extra features that they've added or changed are great. I just haven't had the interest in playing through it. I'm probably going to sit down this Sunday and just play through the game.
Oh, haha. You signed on. I wasn't expecting you to return, and wondered if you would come back to a lot of notifications from me constantly sending you VMs.
The final trailer for the Ender's Game movie was released, and it's still stuck in the same "let's have massive explosions" rut. The trailer showed very little of anything but action, focusing way more on the final battle than on anything else.
Fortunately, I have heard news that there more character interaction than what the trailers show, and that the friendship between Ender and Petra is more explored. Also, apparently Bernard gets redemption and goes to Command School?
On a Digimon note, I will soon be playing the Wonderswan games that were never released in America! This is all due to that wonderful 02 rewrite and the great question of "What about Ryo?"
...Just a heads up though, it wouldn't have placed any other year, especially not with its ending--I ran out of time. :P I didn't want to point this out in the thread, but I was the only vet in the bunch. Is there any way of saying that without sounding like you're trying to slight the other entrants? Sorry to be a downer, I'm just kicking myself cause I think I could have written a better story. :( Really want to revise it, now...
For those who don't know, Asty and I are in an unofficial contest to see who can keep the other waiting for their Digimon stories longest. No victor is in sight, but if I end up winning I may be disqualified for writing too few total words--unfair advantage.
I finished the first chapter! :D
But I have to go back and rewrite the ending because I quickly worked through it. I haven't done any writing for over a week now, and I just wanted to get somewhat back in the groove. I only wrote nearly 1200 words today.