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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Looking For Alaska: Book Review

Looking For Alaska book coverBook: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Publisher/Year: Dutton Juvenille/2005

Genre: YA

Pages: 256

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Very good

Is it going to be a movie? Yes! But it’s in very early stages. All we know is that Sarah Polley will be directing.

What’s it about?
Miles “Pudge” Halter leads a very boring with life with no friends until he attends Culver Creek Boarding School searching for a “Great Perhaps.” There he meets Alaska Young, Chip “The Colonel” Martin and Takumi Hikohito who changes his life for the better (and the worse). Pudge falls for Alaska upon meting her; she’s smart, funny, beautiful, screwed-up and draws him in completely. He goes from reading biographies and memorizing people’s last words to smoking, drinking, pulling pranks and having the time of his life. But then something happens that completely changes his world again.

What did you think?
Looking For Alaska reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. There’s the socially awkward yet lovable boy (Pudge/Charlie) that gets pulled into a new circle of friends consisting of a beautiful, charming and self-destructive girl (Alaska/Sam) and the girl’s best friend who is more stable but just as fun (The Colonel/Patrick).  But I loved Perks so I didn’t entirely mind all the similarities. Even though I probably prefer Perks, I still really enjoyed Looking for Alaska. I am becoming a huge fan of John Green (I know I’m a little late to the party) as I mentioned in my Fault in Our Stars review. He has an infinite amount of great quotes and his style is perfection. Basically all hail John Green forever and always.

One thing I really like about Alaska is that it’s split into two sections: Before and After. Every chapter starts with a countdown (X Days Until…) to After. It’s a simple but effective way to keep me even further enthralled in the book. The story and characters were enough to keep me reading but the countdown made me feel like I had to know what was going to happen.

Should I read it?
Yes! Especially if you are a girl in the preteen-young adult age range. Even if you’re not, it’s a great book. You can get a copy at Thriftbooks or Amazon.

They Did It With Love: Book Review

The Did It With Love book coverBook: They Did It With Love by Kate

Publisher/Year: Plume/2007

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 336

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ – Above average

Is it going to be a movie? Nope.

What’s it about?
It’s “Desperate Housewives meets Agatha Christie.” Sofie and her husband leave their nice Manhattan apartment and move to the suburbs of Connecticut. Struggling to find her place in the suburbs, Sofie joins a mystery book club with Bree, Gaby, Susan and Lynette Priscilla, Susan, Ashley and Julia. Perfectionist Priscilla is the queen bee, host of the book club and everything happens the way she deems it will. Sweet Susan is Priscilla’s oldest friend most dedicated follower. Attractive Ashley is the youngest and strives for the acceptance of the other girls despite her young age and second wife status. Jaunty Julia appears to have it all: the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect job, perfect looks, and an overall perfect life. But is everyone’s life as it ~*seems*~??? (No.)

But things get flipped turned upside down when one of the girls turns up dead (oh noOoOOooO). Now the women of Wysteria Lane some random street in a wealthy Connecticut suburb have a real life mystery on their hands and Sofie is determined to solve it. As her investigation deepens, the secrets of suburbia quickly start unraveling like a sweater off the clearance rack in Forever 21.

What did you think?
Short and sweet and a decent read. Intriguing enough that I kept want to read to find out everyone’s secrets and whodunit, but not as exciting or shocking as other mystery books (like Gone Girl). It’s a lot more Desperate Housewives than Agatha Christie which didn’t thrill me. I was hoping for more of a mystery thriller with a jaw dropping twist ending, but instead got a lot of suburban gossip with a mediocre ending. I love Desperate Housewives, so I probably would have liked it more if I knew that going into the book (but even so, it’s still not nearly as good as DH).

Should I read it?
Sure, I would recommend it but not emphatically. You can get a copy at Thriftbooks or Amazon.