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I watched The Maze Runner movie a few days ago and held off writing this up because I needed to process all of my feelings towards it. So after a lot of thought I can safely say that I liked it. But I think the fact that I read the book kind of ruined it.
 
Allow me to explain.
 
I really fell in love with the books: the characters, the relationships and the writing. Honestly, the story is very silly– I feel this way even more since I started the sequel– but it is still an entertaining read. Hell, one of my favorite things about the book was the relationship between Newt and Alby and the relationship between Chuck and Thomas. I simply don’t think the movie delivered on that.
 
Now, the movie did a lot of things wonderfully. I think most of the interactions in the movie work. Dylan O'Brien is a very talented actor and the rest of the cast was wonderful as well. There was a lot of chemistry there. I think Will Poulter was a real stand out in the movie. My favorite was the dynamic between Gally and Thomas.
 
Acutally, Gally in general is much better in the movie than in the book. I understand his feelings and motivation a lot better than in the book.
 
But other rather important  characters felt a bit lack luster. Like Alby and Chuck. Simply didn’t hit me as hard.
 
That’s my main criticism of the film.
 
The set and sound design were wonderful. The maze looked huge and impossible. They way the doors moved and the maze shifting were amazing and gave a them a great sense of weight!
 
The designs of the Grievers were terrifying. A mixture of spiders. scorpions and some king of weird gelatinous monster. I actually jumped a couple of times.
 
I felt like the story, for all the changes they made, was tight and concise. I’ve seen fans of the books complain about aspects of the movie so it’s really up to each person to decide if the movies worth it or not.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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