Bonzo and Ender

Ender’s capacity for violence is heavily toned down in the movie. In the film, it is never noted that he actually kills the bullies that prey upon him, including Stilson and Bonzo. His competence and desire to thoroughly win anything and overcome any obstacle placed in his path is understated until the final battle with the alien race. Additionally, while he has compassion in the novels, he is even more softened in the film, likely to make him more likeable.

valentine and ender

Ender’s siblings, Valentine and Peter, are almost cut out of the movie completely. We do get the barebones facts about their personalities and Valentine does help to pump Ender up when he is feeling down. Regardless, the fascinating secondary storyline following the siblings’ alter egos Demosthenes and Locke is cut entirely from the film, which is a bit of a bummer, since it offers a political counterpoint to Ender’s military experience.

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