Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Maze Runner

This will be vaguely spoilery, but I think a lot of people by now have seen The Maze Runner....

Let's experiment on people! Is that a thing with dystopian movies (novels)? I really enjoyed The Maze Runner. It was better than expected, which is always good. I like the way that Thomas, the main character, was introduced into the Maze. Of course, he immediately made friends but also had his detractors. And of course, one of those friends happened to be the most innocent looking of all the boys in the Maze. Immediately I felt that something was going to happen to this kid (Chuck). My hubby looked at me and said, "awe poor Rue." I told him to shut up. There were other aspects of the movie that reminded me of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner also reminded me of Divergent. The Maze Runner was published two years before Divergent, though, so I feel like it's a bit of a backwards comparison.

I haven't read The Maze Runner novels, but now I want to. I don't need to read every book that's being turned into a movie, right?

I kind of loved how shocked all the boys were to see a girl. Some of them have been in the Maze for over three years. That means seeing only boys for a long time. Not that it looked like these boys needed a girl (or even an adult), but just having one around or more than one, would have made for a different and more diverse three years. Though I suppose the introduction of a girl at the end was representative of the change that the community of boys was about to go through.

One thing I didn't like was that The Maze Runner does not feel finished. At least at the end of other first movies in a series, the film is complete, it is a story in itself. The Maze is over and it does look like the survivors are possibly going to a better place, but that is only from their point of view. We all know as viewers that there are more trials for them in the future. I wonder and kind of suspect that the book ends in a similar way. I don't know if I would have liked that in a book. I like my books and movies, specifically the first and last in the series, to feel like they're done. I think the helicopter bit was fine, it's the part with the doctor that changed it for me. 

I'm glad I finally watched The Maze Runner and I'll be looking out for The Scorch Trials.

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