Movie: The Scorch Trials
Director: Wes Ball
Writers: T.S. Nowlin
who only skimmed the book
Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller
Length: 2 hours 11 minutes
Rating: ☆☆☆☆ – Very good
Read The Scorch Trials book review and The Maze Runner movie review!
Ki Hong Lee
Remind me what it’s about…
At the end of The Maze Runner, the Gladers get out of The Maze and think they finally escaped WCKD. But we know that The Maze was only Phase I and our poor Gladers are still in WCKD’s hands and about the enter Phase II. That’s about where the similarities between the book and movie end – before the movie starts. In the movie, the Gladers try to escape from WCKD into the Scorch to reach a rebel group in the mountains, the Right Hand.
But really both The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials books and movies can be summed up in these two gifs:
What did you think?
I really liked The Scorch Trials (speaking strictly as a movie, I’ll talk more about how it’s vastly different from the book later) and not just because
my boyfriend Dylan O’Brien makes looking dirty look so good. He also makes getting clean look so good. Also I will love any movie that features my angel baby prince Newt and my bad-ass best friend Minho.
But I promise I liked more than just the cast/characters. The movie was exciting, suspenseful and fun. Is it going to win any Oscars? No. Is it entertaining and a good way to spend two hours? Yes! There’s a good mix of exciting action sequences and less intense, plot-driven scenes. I hate when movies are just action action action and there’s no lull for me to catch my breath. While Scorch Trials is far from slow-paced, it’s not so fast-paced that it’s overwhelming.
Also cranks are scary. 😱
Was it a good adaption?
LOL no. Here’s what I imagine happened:
Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *reads The Maze Runner*
Wes Ball: What a great book!
T.S. Nowlin: Let’s make a movie!
Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *makes The Maze Runner movie*
Wes Ball: Boy did that go well! We should make the sequel!
T.S. Nowlin: Yes! Have you read the book?
Wes Ball: …
T.S. Nowlin: …
Wes Ball: No.
T.S. Nowlin: Me neither!
Wes Ball: Great, let’s do it!
Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *jumping high five*
The movie is such a departure from the book that I didn’t know what was going to happen next for most of it and I read the book twice. I said in my Scorch Trials trailer breakdown that I thought the movie would be different, but I didn’t anticipate quite how different it would be. There were pretty much only two scenes in the movie that stayed fairly true the book. After watching the trailer (hundreds of times) I thought the movie would start very differently but meet back up with book my the middle/end. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was so incredibly different that it astounds me. I don’t even know what’s going to happen in Death Cure. Everything is different.
One of the things that bothered me most about the changes was Brenda. While the book and movie were both really different, I still enjoyed both of them (maybe even the movie a little more?). But one thing I definitely liked more in the book was Brenda. Soon as I saw the way Brenda was cast and styled I could tell I would be disappointed. Rosa Salazar was bad-ass and tough, but not as flirty and sassy and book Brenda.
Should I watch it?
Yes! If you haven’t read the book (WHY HAVEN’T YOU?!) you will love it. If you have read the book, pretend you haven’t and that the movie is something brand new that you don’t know anything about.
Find Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials playing at a theater near you!
Here’s the trailer which still looks dope AF even after seeing the movie