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:

Divergent: Movie Review

Divergent movie poster

 Movie: Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Writers: Evan Daugherty & Vanessa Taylor

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

 Stars:
Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley as Tris

Theo James Theo James as Four

Kate Winslet Kate Winslet as Jeanine

Read the book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Tris lives in a society divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When children come of age they have to pick a faction to join, they are free to choose any faction they want but once you pick a faction there’s no switching. And if you pick a faction you weren’t raised in, you’re likely to never see your family again. No big deal.

After Tris’ Choosing Ceremony, she begins her initiation and meets Four who is a major babe. Because there’s always a major babe. Major Babe is a mysterious, strict and intimidating trainer/coach for the initiates. His job is to teach the newbies what they need to know about their new faction and look beautiful while doing it. Tris struggles at first but she’s determined to be successful and she just might make it with Major Babe’s help.

What did you think?
Shailene and Theo’s beauty combined is brighter than the noontime sun. I love looking at pretty things, so I was pleased anytime Shailene Woodley, Theo James or Kate Winslet were on screen. But I loved the whole cast for more than just their pure beauty. They were all close to how I imagined them to be when I was reading, which impressed me.

But, Divergent was the tinsiest bit cheesy and predictable at times; mostly concerning a few cookie cutter characters. There was the all knowing mother, the stereotypical arrogant punk who was a jerk for the sake of being a jerk, the endearing speaks-before-she-thinks best friend, and of course the beautiful and strong heroine who doesn’t realize how strong or beautiful she really is and the dangerous, mysterious and beautiful love interest. While not necessarily the most original characters, they appear in movies/books all the time because they work. They make make for a fun and exciting story that people want to immerse themselves in.

The biggest flaw was the music. There were certain scenes that were going well, I was really getting into it and then Ellie Goulding would start playing and it totally took me out of the zone. It was distracting and felt very out of place.

Was it a good adaption?
Yeah, there definitely some things missing and some changes from the book but no movie will ever be exactly like the book. I think the changes were all justified and the movie still stayed true to the book. The only thing that really bothered me adaption-wise was that some things felt a little rushed. Certain things took a lot longer to develop in the book than in the movie but I know that there’s not much you can do about that. The movie is already 140 minutes long, if anything was any less rushed no one would sit down long enough to watch the whole thing.

Should I watch it?
Was it ground-breaking and Oscar worthy? No. Was it fun and did I enjoy watching it? Absolutely. It won’t be the greatest movie you’ll ever see but you should definitely watch it. Find a showtime at a theater near you here.

Here’s the trailer:

The Spectacular Now: Movie Review

The Spectacular Now movie poster

Movie: The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Writers: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Rating: ♥ ♥ ½

Stars:
Miles TellerMiles Teller as Sutter Keely

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley as Aimee Finicky

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Remind me what it’s about…
Basically Sutter Keely is a pretty cool kid but he has no future. He loves fun, parties, drinks, girls and not much else. After his girlfriend dumps him, he drinks too much and ends up on a stranger’s lawn where Aimee finds him. She’s his classmate but they’ve never met because she’s a bit of an outsider to the social scene. Sutter decides to help her out by taking her to a party but things don’t quite as he planned.

What did you think?
I liked it. It was really well cast and I especially loved Teller as Sutter. Teller and Woodley were really cute together in the movie and I loved their chemistry. They’re even an adorable couple IRL (see: #17). But other than that the movie was only okay. Much like the book, it was a pretty average but not unenjoyable.

Was it a good adaption?
Yes. There’s always more details in the books that movies can’t capture, but overall the movie was very true to the book. There were of course things that happened in the book that were cut out of the movie, but that’s expected; if the movie included everything in the book, it would be way too long. I think the writers did a really good job of deciding what to keep and what to leave out of the movie.

The biggest difference between the book and the movie is Sutter. It’s always hardest when the book is written from the first person perspective. It’s so much harder to convey Sutter’s motivations and reasoning in the movie, whereas in the book he straight up tells you. When you can get inside Sutter’s head, he’s a much more interesting character. While he’s unguided and frustrating in both, he felt a lot more vanilla to me in the movie. Even if I didn’t always agree with Sutter, when I was reading I at least understood where he was coming and that wasn’t always clear to me in the movie. But maybe I’m just being nit picky.

Should I watch it?
I wouldn’t try to dissuade you from watching, but I wouldn’t urge you to watch it either. Not worth a big investment but not a waste of time either, it’s on the fence.