Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Orson Scott Card loved I, Robot?

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
I enjoy reading Orson Scott Card's column on his website Hatrack River. Card is the author of the incredible Ender's Game, a science fiction novel that is so good that it transcends the genre.  In his column, Card reviews everything.  Books, movies, local restaurants.  Sort of like what i want to do, only with a higher literary quotient that i seem to be capable of right now. 

He recently saw and reviewed the film adaptation of I, Robot, which from the previews looks like a big steaming pile or turd laid on top of Asimov's work. Card went in with that expectation but it turns out that he loved it.  Loved.  To quote Card,
"I, Robot is better than the best movie I could have imagined coming out of Asimov's robot universe. It's a relief to know that, in the right hands, a great work of science fiction can be made into a film worthy of the original."
Worthy of the original?  I typically don't agree with Card across the board on movies (and i don't read the same books as he does), but that is an exceptionally bold statement.  I like getting a different perspective on movies, and Card always provides that.  Now i'm torn between seeing it and not.  It was always going to be a rental, and with Spider-man 2, The Bourne Supremacy, and even King Arthur (I'm a sucker for any movie that brushes up against Arthurian legend) to see, I don't think that i'll make it to I, Robot anytime soon. Not unless someone wants to pay me to watch and review it, anyway. Any takers?

Card's thoughts on I, Robot can be found here.

P.S. Orson Scott Card was not very to the historical aspects of King Arthur in his latest column.

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