Vulture posted a useful chronology of Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card’s controversy. I haven’t been posting about the film, since Card’s comments have eclipsed the film production. Here’s the deal: I read Ender’s Game, the available sequels, and Enchantment between 1998-1999. In 1999, I would have said Orson Scott Card was my favorite fiction writer.
The Ender and Shadow series incorporate fascinating themes of tolerance, atonement, compassion, and working to understand drastically different cultures. Card’s homophobic and racist remarks offed and shock me because the person I perceived writing the books I most treasured upheld values of justice and equality. So much of the book revolves around bullying and the isolating effects it has on the hero. Card is being that bully now.
I’m going to see Ender’s Game tonight and I hope the film continues to promote the messages of cooperation and understanding over fear and hatred. Card’s personal views are losing against the values apparent in the book. Kids will be able to find a hero in Ender and work to fight bullies like Card.
Walking out of the screening for ‘Kill Your Darlings’ I felt as though I had reached the summit of all my ambition. I have here on this blog, other social media sites, and in life been writing and obsessing about this film for over 2 years. I’ve seen every clandestine and official photo of the production. I’ve read every interview and news piece after every premiere from Sundance to Toronto. And yet this film was a complete surprise to me. It’s a blaring, beautiful jolt of filmmaking. Seeing Daniel Radcliffe, who is so familiar to me from HP, in this role was astonishing. As Allen Ginsberg, Radcliffe takes us on a journey from a loyal son torn between his family and his ambitions, to a rebellious artist. I would definitely see it again in theaters and I’m looking forward to getting the soundtrack. Hopefully I’ll put up a full review soon.
My 4th Chicago International Film Festival journey begins with Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Michael C. Hall.
I’m beyond excited!