It was worse than I expected.
The list of Cons
Boot camp versus Officer training
A world devoid of life
Another consequence of this faulty perception is that the world on screen feels dead and devoid of life. The battle school environment of the novel Ender’s Game has particular requirements. It requires the creation of hyper reality in which insulation, pressures, and competition manifest into an environment in which the Zero-G Game room and later the simulation space becomes the only real thing that matters. This hyper reality is fueled by children’s’ insecurity and the willingness to go far beyond reason in order to satisfy the needs of their parental figures and find their place in society.
This leads into the second issues of the movie, the acting.
Bluntly stated, no one gave any kind of decent performance in this movie! Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley are phoning it in as they keep coasting on former glories. However, even when they phone it their performances, they are at least decent. It is not the same for the young teen actors.
Asa Butterfield is no Idris Elba!
While some of the major events that really damaged our protagonist Ender is shown on screen, they are relatively sanitized. What is more serious is the fact that there were no proper build up to those incidents. We are not given time to understand the context of those event as the movie speeds past those events. It is like no one in the movie was ever bullied in their life and does not understand it other than seen on screen. So, the events are just events and do not build up to emotional breaking points for Ender which is the point of those events.
World War Z, the movie, at least is somewhat dumb fun.