The Maze Runner: Movie Review

The Maze Runner movie posterMovie: The Maze Runner

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin

Length: 1 hour 53 minutes

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ – Great

 

Stars:
Dylan O'Brien Dylan O’Brien as Thomas

Kaya Scodelario Kaya Scodelario as Teresea

Will Poulter Will Poulter as Gally

Thomas Brodie Sangster Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt♥

Read The Maze Runner book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Thomas (love of my life O’Brien) wakes up in some kind of cargo elevator (called The Box) that takes him up to an open field and he is greeted by Gally (Poulter) who is surrounded by other young/teenage boys. Their leader Alby (Aml Ameen) tries to tell Thomas that he is in a place called the Glade but Thomas is freaking out because he doesn’t remember anything about himself or his past, not even his name. So, they lock him up in DIY prison until he can get a hold of himself. Once Thomas gets his shit together, Newt♥ (Brodie-Sangster) takes him on the tour of The Glade and explains how they keep The Glade running and that each boy does his part. Thomas also finds out that The Glade is actually the center of giant maze that they can’t escape.

The next day The Box comes up again. Normally The Box only comes up once a month, so the Gladers curiously gather around to see what came up so quickly. They were even more shocked to find that it was a girl (Scodelario). ~MyStErIoUs~

What did you think?
I LOooOOooOVED IT. It was spectacular and definitely was worth staying up too late and getting 4 hours of sleep that night to see the premiere. The utterly adorkable Dylan O’B(ae)rien perfectly wears his dirty blue button-up shirt captures Thomas on the silver screen. His curious, rebellious and good hearted spirit was spot on. This glowing review is not affected by my undying love for the swoon-worthy and charming ways of Mr. O’Brien off screen. No, but really. He was a great Thomas. The whole cast was great. Although Thomas Brodie-Sangster is a little littler than I wanted Newt♥ to be, how you can you be disappointed with a face like this?

The Maze Runner runs (hehe) almost two hours long but goes by in a flash. It’s exciting, and thrilling but not overwhelming. There’s a perfect balance of fast-paced action and slower, more-detailed plot advancement. The movie was interesting, suspenseful, funny and wonderful.

Was it a good adaption?
It was a perfect adaption of the book. It wasn’t all directly from the words of James Dashner, but every change made sense for the movie and made it better. Despite the changes the movie still stayed true to the story, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything majorly important. It eliminated some of the more supernatural aspects of the book which helped the story seem a lot more realistic which I loved. One of my favorite changes is Teresea, I didn’t care about her character in the book but she’s a crazy BAMF in the movie and I love her.

All the details and changes were actually improvements to The Maze Runner.  Not to say that I think that the movie is better than the book, you still get so much more from the characters and the story in the book, just that the changes that were made were good ones. The only thing that I feel like I missed from the book, was Newt’s limp. But I’m trying not to be nit picky.

Should I watch it?
Yasss bish yass! Look up show times for The Maze Runner right now and go see it.

Here’s the trailer, if you’ve read the book you’ll see that it’s perfect and if you’ll understand how perfect it is:

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2 thoughts on “The Maze Runner: Movie Review

  1. I think the movie was a pile of klunk…..The book’s “supernatural” parts (ie. Thomas/Teresa telepathy) was to be a display of technology far beyond our current. This is to be expected in futuristic/post apocolyptic films. Grievers not being seen, Ben not being shot by Alby, Chuck being shot, Gally not freaking out and leaving (and actually being at WCKD ahead), the maze code, the maps, on and on and on…..what part of the book was actually left? The movie was closer to Lord of the flies than it was to Dashner’s book……total destruction of good literature….Was Dashner not involved at all? Clearly he gave up all rights….shame.

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    • A couple of things… They did show the Grievers, but they looked different than Dashner described, and Chuck was shot in the book as well as the movie… Secondly, Dashner was involved with the making of the movie and he loved the outcome. There was so much of the book left, they stayed true to the storyline (even though minor details had to be changed) and themes of the book (manipulation, rules and order, identity, etc). A movie will never be able to be an exact replica of a book, they are adaptations. I think if you can accept that it will never be just like the book, you can enjoy it for what it is.

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