Hey guys! Again, I am so sorry for being absent recently. I think I might do a post solely about why I’ve been away but I think for now, I’m just going to get back into the swing of things and talk about one of my favourite franchises ever. Maze Runner. I’m so sad that this franchise is now coming to an end and I cannot wait to review it!
So, the story follows on from the second film in the trilogy, Scorch Trials. Something I love in an action film is no fluff at the beginning. I hate when they just try and fill it up with as much as they possibly can before getting into anything. But this film automatically starts with a train chase as the immunes try to get Minho back from WCKD. This bit made me kind of sad at the same time because it was when Dylan O’Brien had his accident on set and he’s my bae. Poor thing. But at least he’s recovered now and he could finish the film! The opening scene is action-packed and perfect for the rest of the film. It also gives you an idea of what they’ve been through in the time since the last film.
Throughout the franchise, I’ve really enjoyed the handling of the different elements of the film. Each film feels separate even though it is from the very same story universe. From the original Maze Runner where you’re not entirely sure what the scope of the world is, what time they’re in or even why they are there in the first place to Death Cure where it really throws it back into a modern world. It’s so much more than a zombie film which is what I think sadly, the writers lead themselves to make the films into. There was so much more to the story that they could have focused on but I’m pretty sure they just saw how well things like The Walking Dead have done and saw the dollar signs from cashing in on the zombie trope.
My favourite character in the whole franchise will always be Thomas. I’m biased because I love Dylan O’Brien so much but I genuinely find his intentions and his motives to be so interesting. I love the way you can never quite predict what he’s going to do. I loved him in the books, too, for the very same reason so I think they translated him well onto screen. He’s the perfect mix of action hero while also holding onto his humanity – he’s really determined to save everyone he can but he also doesn’t try to be something that he isn’t which I like.
The acting in these films is so good. I think Dylan O’Brien (again, I’m biased but I’m not the only one to have said it) is truly going to be one of the big actors in the industry and I’m glad to see that he’s getting bigger and better roles. But I think someone that really stood out was Ki Hong Lee who plays Minho. He had a Peeta-esque torture in this film and while we were used to seeing him as the confident boy who took on everyone and anyone, it was really strange to see him as broken and sad as he was. But Ki Hong Lee didn’t over-act (which I felt Kaya and Thomas did in some scenes) and his scenes were truly mesmerising. It’s merely a shame that he didn’t get more scenes.
Next, onto the villains. I think this is one of the most interesting parts of the franchise as we obviously are siding with the immunes because we are following everything from their side of things. But if the film was shot from WCKD’s point of view, I think we would struggle to see who was really in the right. Janson was genuinely just horrible but the doctors and the scientists – while, admittedly, they should have found another way to go about it – were just trying to do their part in curing the world from a disease. I really found this to be one of the most interesting conflicts I’ve seen in a film in a long time because both of the sides are in the right.
Finally, let’s talk about the ending. I think that it was right that they killed Teresa off because even though she and Thomas had that moment, she wouldn’t be able to be trusted again. You can see that she has the right intentions but she’s just carrying them out wrongly and I think the plot called for her to be punished for what she had done. But of course, it was so sad that Newt died the way that he did. That was spoiled for me before I even finished the books so I was expecting it for a long time but I think that Thomas and Dylan did an excellent job of portraying it on screen – even if some of Thomas’ crank noises were interesting. The ending was poignant, if not a little rushed. I think they could have done with showing what happened to the world – did they get cured? Are the cranks still there? I have so many questions!
Overall, I thought it was a perfect ending to a perfect franchise. I really enjoyed it and I’m so sad that there’s not going to be any more films to look forward to. But it’s made me look forward to seeing what all of the actors are going to do with their careers now and it’s also made me want to re-read the books!
What did you guys think? Do you want me to review more films? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll be back with a makeup post next time!
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