I loved The Maze Runner movie. It changed a lot of things, sure, but I still really enjoyed it. Which is very unusual for me. Normally, when things I like about a book get changed, I start to get mad. One of the things that makes me most angry in this world is a bad adaptation. Don’t even get me started on Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, The Host… I didn’t even completely like the first Hunger Games movie. I refuse to even glance as Insurgent, but I loved Divergent. I take adaptations seriously. So a bad one makes me pretty angry. But for whatever reason, I loved the action packed feeling of the The Maze Runner, and I like the books, so I couldn’t wait for The Scorch Trials. Especially more Dylan O’Brein narrowly sliding his way through tight spaces….
Here is the part where I have to tell you that if you are looking for a good ADAPTATION, then this is not that. Nope. As far as adaptations go, it changed basically everything. Sorry. BUT if you are looking for a good sequel to The Maze Runner just as a movie, playing before you, asking to be enjoyed, then that is what you will get. YES. That is right. It is a good movie, totally action packed and exciting, if you can separate yourself from the idea that this is supposed to be attached to a book.
You might be thinking, “But Portia- you just told us about how much you loathe bad adaptations! How could you possibly like this at all?!” And you are right, and I don’t understand it myself. I have no idea how I walked out of this movie and only felt the slightest bit disappointed. But somewhere among all of my thought on what was different and how they changed things, I just found myself wrapped up in the movie and totally enjoying it. When I separated the idea of expecting it to be the book, I easily found enjoyment from the film. Crazy, Right? I am shocked at myself. I feel so mature (yeah right). BTW, not all people feel this way. My roommate loved the movie and thinks it’s a good adaptation (he is wrong, as usual), and I know for a fact that the lovely lady pictured to your right, Stephanie, absolutely HATED this movie. Like, wanted and maybe got her money back level of hate.
I honestly can’t say much about the plot. For those of you who have read the books, you know what goes down. Since things are so different from that, it’s hard to know what to say without angering or confusing anyone.
So lets talk for a second about what I really LOVE about this movie:
I absolutely love Thomas through the books, and I adore the way Dylan O’Brein portrays him. He is the perfect choice, in my opinion. Also, SWOON.
OH OH AND:
Minho is such a great character! BTW, has his hair even changed since the first movie? Totally looks awesome all the time.
Newt, the voice of reason. I also love his portrayal, it is so good. Most of the casting for this movie was good….
OKAY! Now let’s talk about what I freaking HATE (from both the first movie and second, actually):
I mean, I hate her in the books, too…. but she is infinitely worse in the movies.
I chalk this up to the TERRIBLE ACTRESS. I won’t spend too long talking about her though…. don’t wanna waste my time. UGH. Also, I don’t really care for Brenda in the book, but also don’t like her in the movie. Maybe James Dashner is just awesome at writing dudes but creates terrible female characters?
So anyway, if you can separate book and movie, and you enjoyed the first movie, then definitely check this out. It is a good follow up. But if you can’t handle that, then stay away, for you will be angered. That is my warning for you. Plain and simple.
Check out the trailer below!: