Wednesday, May 08, 2013

"Ender's Game" Trailer

And so, the countdown begins: Orson Scott Card now just under six months to find his way in front of a camera, microphone or keyboard and create a "sugar tits"-level public-relations nightmare for Summit Entertainment. Smart money says he'll find a way...



I'll admit, there's a certain incredible finality to finally seeing one of the more influential Young Adult scifi novels of the later 20th Century finally get its movie; but taken on it's own... wow this is kind of a bland, lifeless trailer, isn't it?

Apart from fans of the book/series, who is this trailer for? Almost no sense of plot, no context, no real clue as to who the characters are outside of their genre stock-types, not a single piece of action, line of dialogue or even sliver of design-aesthetic that might differentiate it from a thousand other generic scifi pastiches. It's way too dour and nonspecific for the Ender-aged kids who ought be the target demo, but it also dwells too much on the child characters to fool older audiences into thinking this is "Harrison Ford Barks At Middle-Schoolers: The Movie." I'd say it calls to mind the "Wing Commander" movie... but nobody remembers that well enough to call it to mind.

Also... I could be mishearing, but I'm reasonably certain nobody said "Buggers" once. Willing to bet they decided to just not bother trying to make that work. Probably a good decision, overall...