This is my very first movie review here on the blog! Even though I saw it weeks ago, I decided to start with this movie because it was one I was super excited to see. I’m sure this review is a bit scattered since it’s my first one, but bare with me.
I was lucky enough to see this movie for free on September 4th at the last screening on The Maze Runner tour, which included a Q&A with the cast after the movie! I’m a HUGE fan of Dylan O’Brien (stars on the show Teen Wolf) and Will Poulter (best known as Kenny from the movie We’re The Millers), so of course I had to see this movie and see them in person in what will likely be the only time they ever come to Texas (unless they do this again for the sequel).
I haven’t read any of the books, yet. I have them on my ridiculously long reading list, and I plan on reading the first book next (I have this problem where I keep shuffling books to the top of my queue)! I felt like the promos and trailers gave away WAY too much of the movie though, for those of us who didn’t read the book(s), which is why I steered clear of them. I’m so glad I did.
The story is about a boy named Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, who wakes up inside of a cage in the dark. He is soon transported to The Glade, where he meets the other boys. He and the other boys have no recollection of their former lives or how they got there. All they know is that they are surrounded by a huge maze that is inhabited by creatures they they call Grievers, and they have no way out. Soon after Thomas arrives, everything starts to change.
This movie was AWESOME. It was action-packed and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was never a dull moment.
Visually, it was so beautiful to see on screen. The colors, the scenery, the action scenes, the grievers (and the guys!)–they all looked great. All of the actors were on-point with their performances. Like I said, I’m a big fan of Dylan O’Brien and Will Poulter, so it was great to see them in a different type of role like this. I loved the dynamic between the characters. From the behind-the-scenes features I’ve seen, the actors really bonded while filming this movie and it really shows through their performances. Dylan was great as Thomas, and I love how bold and brave his character was. Will gave a great performance as Gally, who was the antagonist of the story. He was harsh and arrogant and even though we’re supposed to dislike him, I really loved his character. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, and Chris Sheffield (a North Texas native!) among others, were all amazing in the film, too.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but there is a scene that may make you cry. It was intense, and I was honestly surprised by Dylan’s brilliant performance. Or maybe it was just my fangirl feels that made me want to cry?
I really like the idea of younger people starring in action-type roles like this and I really hope we get to see more. What was really interesting about this, though, was that there was no romance like what we’re seeing a lot of in other franchises. I don’t know if romance will come into play at some point, but it was interesting that it wasn’t in this one at all.
The Q&A after the movie was, of course, the best part of the screening and totally worth the time I had to wait in line to make sure I got in. I sat in the front row, right where the actors were for the Q&A. They came in and answered a bunch of questions from the audience. They were so hilarious and I feel so lucky that they were able to make an appearance here in Dallas!
I loved the movie so much that it pushed the book to the top of my reading list. I really want to read more about the elements that were left out of the film. I really enjoyed it, and although I hate to compare it–if you liked Divergent and The Hunger Games, you will love this. Go see it! It’s in theaters Friday, September 19!