The Maze Runner
Directed by Wes Ball
Based on the book by James Dashner
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Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
Wow. I was really impressed with the way this was pulled off! The movie was way, way better than the book. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, it just didn’t wow me. It was meh. But the movie adaptation was spot on! (At least for bringing the book to life…I don’t remember the little details about the book, so if anything changed I wouldn’t know.)
The casting was great. Dylan O’Brien was perfect for Thomas! Will Poulter was perfect, too; he is awesome at being a tool! When I first saw Kaya Scodelario, the only thing I could think is: Holy crap, she reminds me of Kristen Stewart. Thank heavens she didn’t act like Kristen does! She ended up being pretty good too. I also really liked who they picked for Chuck, Alby, and Minho. They did a great job!
What I was most impressed with was the Maze itself. WOW! It was very well done, and was totally creepy and convincing! The only complaint I have? The Grievers. I was so not sold on the design. The face was way too tiny, which made them look ridiculous! And I pictured them much different. I pictured them more of a metal bot-spider thing than looking like an actual spider with metal legs.
As a movie, I gave this 4 stars. But as a book adaptation, it is hands down 5/5. I think this is one of the best movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. (Mainly because I thought it was better than the book! That doesn’t happen very often!) I think even if you hadn’t read the book, it would work. There was nothing left out that I can think of, and everything was explained enough (as much as the book was, since you basically don’t get answers til the end) for someone to watch the movie by itself.
If you read the book, I highly recommend you see the movie!
True to the book: 5/5
Visual Effects: 4/5