This post is going to be horribly biased because I have been a little bit in love with Dylan O’Brien for three and a half years. Don’t expect me to hold back on my borderline creeper tendencies because that’s not going to happen. There will be spoilers.
I came out of the cinema a little bit overwhelmed because this movie was SO. GOOD. I had promised myself to keep my expectations from sky rocketing because while we have had some great YA adaptations, we’ve also had some really shitty ones, and I was desperately hoping that The Maze Runner would fall into the first category. I didn’t want to be disappointed, and I wasn’t! I left the cinema feeling relieved and ecstatic. Dylan was amazing, the direction was great, the other characters were mostly fantastic, and the maze itself was phenomenal.
DYLAN. DYLANNNNNNNN. Thomas wasn’t my favourite character in the book because he was really bloody dull, but in the movie O’Brien really brings him to life. He actually has a personality and he gets passionate about things and he wants to help his friends in the maze. I am so glad that I was finally able to warm up to him because I was very worried that movie!Thomas would be too similar to book!Thomas for me to adore him. Although pffffft, as if that would ever happen with that casting.
There was only one character that I didn’t like, and that was Teresa. She didn’t have much to do in the book, and she didn’t have much to do here either, although at least she wasn’t comatose the entire time. I would have loved it if the movie had expanded upon her character a bit more, but that just didn’t happen. I also have other reasons for disliking her, but I’ll discuss those in a moment.
I did, however, adore the other boys. Gally was a fantastic character, and they managed to write him very well to show that, yes, he’s an aggressive idiot at times, but he also wants to keep everybody alive. That’s his main goal, and if he has to get aggressive to do it then so be it. I also loved Newt, who took Thomas under his wing, MINHO, who will forever be my favourite, Chuck, and Alby. In fact, by the end of the movie I had developed a bit of a crush on all of them except for Chuck, since he’s about 12. The way they banded together and looked after each other was brilliant, and they totally loved each other. *sobs*
I think the crew struck gold when they cast Dylan O’Brien as Thomas. Not only is he bloody gorgeous, he’s also a fantastic little actor who has a pretty good range considering he started out on Youtube and then moved onto TV work. For his first main role in an action-packed blockbuster, I think he did a marvellous job. Even in Teen Wolf, you notice that Dylan completely slays the emotional scenes, but in The Maze Runner he amped those up to an entirely new level. He’s fabulous and I think he’s going to have a great career. I can’t wait to see more of him now that everyone is realising what a great actor he is!
Okay, enough fangirling. Let me tell you about Kaya Scodelario as Teresa. First of all, her attempt at an American accent was horrific, and this is coming from an English person who can’t do accents to save her life. Scodelario could have done with more voice coaching, because she would sometimes start a sentence in an English accent only to end it with an American one, or she would over enunciate, or she wouldn’t enunciate enough. It really threw me off. And while I must admit she wasn’t really given much to work with, her acting left a lot to be desired. She didn’t dominate the screen at all, and her scenes were very awkward in a “I can tell you’ve memorised a script” kind of way.
Will Poulter as Gally was phenomenal. I was totally captivated by his character. I’m definitely impressed! I wish Aml Ameen (Alby) and Ki Hong Lee (Minho) had had bigger roles (that’s not to say that their roles weren’t important, but I just wanted them on screen ALL THE TIME), because I really liked those two. And, of course, Thomas Brodie-Sangster was wonderful at Newt. He’s always lovely to watch. OH, and Blake Cooper as Chuck! <3
Obviously the entire thing was wonderful… Okay, maybe not. The was a little bit of a slump in the middle when they were explaining the maze and everything to Thomas, and I just wanted the movie to get a move on. However, I think I felt this way because I had read the book and I knew what to expect. I knew what was coming up and I wanted to get to the good stuff. I went to the cinema with a group of friends and the ones who hadn’t read the book beforehand thought that the pacing and action were amazingly balanced, leaving just enough explanation in for the new audience without bogging down the story.
I’ll be honest, I read the book four years ago when I first started book blogging, and while I did recap it for Recaptains, I didn’t remember the finer details of the story. Despite that, I thought that the movie stuck very closely to the book, almost as much as The Hunger Games did. There were bits and pieces that were left out, and in my opinion the writers made some great decisions there because I feel like it would have been too much. For example, there was no telepathy between Thomas and Teresa, THANK GOD. Thinking back, that was cheesy as hell and I’m glad they didn’t try to depict it in the movie. They also left out a lot of the puzzles and clues to do with the maze, and the final answer was a lot simpler than it was in the book. This is probably a good thing because to add a complicated puzzle piece on top of all of the new world-building and character development would have been too much.
- Thomas and Galley’s argument because I felt that sexual tension. FELT IT.
- Thomas and Chuck’s relationship was adorable.
- The ‘Save Alby’ mission in the maze at night. That scene was really well done and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. When the walls were closing in… *shivers*
- Chuck’s death scene because Dylan’s acting was on point.
- Kaya’s acting and fake American accent. Kill me now.
- The opening scene purely because it felt very awkward.