In the second instalment of the ‘Maze Runner’ saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brian) and the Gladers are finally out of the Maze, but does that mean that they are out of WCKD? Their journey to uncover WCKD’s true plans takes them to the Scorch, a devastated land where if you’re not infected by the flare you’re most definitely running from it. In there, they team up with a resistant group called The Right Arm, and together they plan to face WCKD. After all…is WCKD really good?
As a big fan of the books it is hard to abstain from comparison. After all this is based on the book, not a visual copy of it. Sometimes we get so attached to the books that we find it hard to see for what it is. However – like I said – it’s very hard!
There are some changes, all to be expected since the first film got some changes to it too. Normally changes are made so the story can move forward in a quicker and smother way. But do they work? I’m afraid that in this one, they failed a bit. I felt that it was lacking a lot of explanation. I know what drives the characters because I read the books, but I wonder if for the ones who haven’t read if they actually got any more new information about what has happened, why is happening, what is the flare, or even what drives them to keep going.
The film has a great cast, I do personally believe they all did a great job portraying their characters, especially newcomer Rosa Salazar who plays Brenda (She seriously kicks some butt!). Also aesthetically the film looks beautiful, we have some very stunning long shots around the Scorch.
The thing is, these kind of films are always harder to review because I already love the story, I already know the story. All I want as a fan, is that the ones who haven’t read the books love it as much as I do. So, when things are missing I do worry if they would ever fully comprehend the story and if not if they will lose interest.
It’s still a pretty great film, especially for all who love ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’ series. It’s still a must-see because the third instalment is going to be pretty awesome (fingers crossed!) and without this film you won’t really understand much of the next one.
In the end, what they’re going to figure out is that “Life is a klunk but at least you’re not a shank!” (I came up with this quote last year and cracks me up all the time. I know…I’m weird!)
Xoxo Wandering Ana