Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Maze Runner: Book to Movie

So, finally, The Maze Runner movie, the one that dystopian bookworms have been waiting for, has been released. And since I am one of those dystopian bookworms, I feel an obligation to put out my criticisms of the movie as in comparison of the book. Here it goes: The movie was surprisingly well made. It captured their lifestyle and the characters pretty well, except maybe Chuck who I had always imagined as a skinny, sort of underfed, twelve year-old. I missed the almost brotherly relationship that Chuck and Thomas have in the book. In the movie this relationship was not depicted to the extent that it is shown to you in the book. Another thing that I missed was the typical glader vocabulary. "Skank" and"Greenie" were used but not that often. "Shuck face" unfortunately never made it into the dialogue. The Glade was far more immense than I had imagined or even preferred. The Grievers were completely off. But considering the fact that it would be very hard to build the slimy green spiked monsters, most of us imagined, with today's technology, I will let it go. Which brings me to my next point. The Maze. The Maze was supposed to be crumbly and on the verge of falling apart. In the movie it was not so. The entrance to the Grievers "home" was not described the way it was depicted. But once again I believe that was because of the technological limitations. Last but not least: The Code. This was the one thing I hated about the movie the most. They changed it. It was too easy in my opinion for Thomas and company to crack the code in the movie. In the book it took them some time.Which in turn brings me to an itty-bitty detail that I really wanted them to include, the everyday recording of the maze runners.
Signing off: Book to movie rant.

Here is the Goodreads link for The Maze Runner:

Here is the IMDb link for The Maze Runner:

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