When I saw The Maze Runner in the theaters one year ago I had 3 main thoughts:
1. I enjoyed that.
2. Dylan O’Brien is FIIIINNNNEEEE!
3. That was pretty on point with the novel.
After seeing The Scorch Trials on Friday I can confirm that 2 out of 3 of those thoughts are still true.
Spoiler Warning: There are some loose spoilers about The Scorch Trials movie & book. Nothing major but a few small changes between the two medias and a few vague details of plot points. It won’t ruin the movie. Promise.
So which enjoyable ‘pro’ of The Maze Runner is no longer true for The Scorch Trials? Well, (spoiler alert for the ending of this post) the film is still going to get a good review, so I obviously enjoyed it. And based on these stills from the movie the second point is even more true than it was in 2014:
So that just leaves the third. The Scorch Trials was definitely not in line, plot-wise, with James Dashner’s popular YA novel. Some of the changes, such as dropping Thomas & Teresa (& Aris)’s telepathic link, carry over from the first film. But those were minor, or at least easily forgivable. The example I laid out would have been hard to portray on screen without resulting to cheesy voice-overs paired with meaningful/too intense eye-contact. The Scorch Trials takes things not just a step further, but runs a whole length off base. Admittedly, it’s been years since I last read The Scorch Trials. I didn’t remember the gritty details, but between myself & the remainder of the My Fangirl Life team, we were able to piece together the story laid out in the novels. The film follows a loose basis on the book. The characters follow a similar path. They meet similar people. They come to similar conclusions. But it all happens very differently.
That being said, it didn’t hurt the movie. If you are a book purist, you will obviously be unhappy. But if you are someone who can accept that books & films are separate media which must be held separately & evaluated on their individual merit, then I think you’ll enjoy The Scorch Trials. I sure did. Just because it strays from the plot of the book doesn’t mean the storyline of the movie is any less compelling. On the contrary, the characters are brought to life by the changes. The deviations provide excitement & intrigue… and a rating that far exceeds the original novel written about a 12 year old for 12 years olds. This movie has some mature moments, including Cranks (zombie-like creatures) that are straight out of a truly horrific horror video game. Yikes.
But just how good was the show? I’ll quantify it using My Fangirl Life’s handy fangirl-appropriate rating system. Here’s my rating for The Scorch Trials film:
7 out of 10 Feels: ?ﾟﾘﾕ?ﾟﾘﾯ?ﾟﾘﾵ?￢ﾚﾪ️⚪️⚪️
Love & Luck,