I saw The Maze Runner in theaters, and DESPISED it. It wasn’t a bad movie, was visually attractive and for the most part competently-made.
So what’s the problem?
I found it terribly insulting at times–the glade the characters were in was surrounded by a huge wall, but in the very same scene you see a treehouse (implying that they could have built a structure, like a ladder, to climb it)–and just bland.
And that’s only one example of the insults to the intelligence that comes to mind, and that would be bad enough though to top it with the needless, bizarre, labyrinthine secrets of WCKD is just too much.
It’s needlessly elaborate and more than a little bit pointless.
And in case you don’t feel like reading..:
I like this trailer. Sure, it looks like a car crash between The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games movies with a liberal dollop of The Running Man but in its defense it revolves around actual adults, as opposed young adults, and stars Danny Glover and Alec Baldwin.
Which is almost worth the cost of admission.
I haven’t see any of the ‘Divergent‘ movies–and I blame the Hunger Games because all these movies based on Young Adult novels pretty much feel the same for me. And while that’s not quite fair, there’s undeniably a similarity between many of them.
Which reminds me: I suggest that you see The Maze Runner if you haven’t already. Not because it’s a particularly good movie, because it’s not, but because it’s so nonsensical at times that it’s funny, (Though I am reasonably certain that that’s not what the filmmakers were aiming for).
Though this is about Allegiant, so let’s get back to it; maybe it’s because I haven’t seen any of the other movies in the series, but there’s enough ape-shite crazy stuff going on in the trailer that it looks like a lot of fun.
And I am reasonably sure that the movie will bring all the weirdness into focus, taking way the only thing that really separates it from the pack.
I think that the next movie that i am going to catch is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. What’s most interesting about that is that I really disliked The Maze Runner. The story was needlessly elaborate, and often laugh out loud silly. And that’s not hyperbole. What unfolded on screen was so preposterous at times that I literally couldn’t restrain from voicing my disdain.
And that’s unusual for me because I typically can find something that engages me about most movies, even those that I don’t particularly like, though The Maze Runner, while it didn’t drive me to anger, did frustrate me.
So why do I want to see the sequel? It might have a little to do with me being curious if the sequel somehow redeems what came before.
And speaking of The Maze Runner, was there any point to Kay Scodelario’s character? She may be important to the books (I have no idea since I haven’t read them) though she didn’t serve any real purpose in the movie that I could see. She’s nice to look at, but while the males had something to do, she just ran around a bit and seemed entirely superfluous. I could see why the producers would want to introduce a female character, but it would have been nice if she were a little more than a warm body. Besides, Scodelario was pretty good in Skins, so I get the feeling that the cypher that was her character had less to do with her as an actress than with the writers not knowing how to handle the character.
Or maybe i’ll just catch Ant-Man again.
The Maze Runner honestly mystified me. It was pretty popular, and hugely profitable (earning over $340 million on a $34 million budget) yet was stuck with a seriously nonsensical plot that was way more complex–and not in a good way–than it needed to be.
The cast was pretty game, and clearly brought into the entire premise, but when that premise sucks then typically all the enthusiasm in the world can’t help you.
Which leads me to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The trailer looks pretty cool (and what trailer these days doesn’t?), though I am hoping and praying that it isn’t as ludicrous as the first movie.
I haven’t read any of the books that The Maze Runner was based on, but I really, really disliked the movie. Maybe it would have went over better if I had, but should you have to read the book to make sense of the movie?
(The answer is: Of course not!)
The setup behind the entire enterprise was so convoluted, so needlessly elaborate that I found myself laughing at some pretty odd moments.
Which is a good thing if you’re talking about a comedy, not so good if you’re talking about a drama and the scenes in question happen to be deadly serious.
With Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) joining the cast it should add a significant shot of gravitas, though is that really what the series needs?
Even more than just a cleaner, more logical screenplay?
For those of us that aren’t divergent enough, or aren’t into maze running, there’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (and speaking of Part 1, I get the feeling that if Lionsgate could have stretched the last book in the series out into three or more movies they would have done so) where it looks like Panem is falling into revolution and Pitta has crossed over to the Dark Side–or has he?
So here’re the trailers for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, as well as The Maze Runner and Divergent (The Maze Runner appears to be performing strongly overseas, better than Divergent in fact) because I am about nothing if not added value.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The Maze Runner