A few weeks ago 20th Century Fox released a second trailer for it’s new teeny bopper, summer wanna be Hunger Games sequel. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. However this does classify as nerdy material. So I feel the necessity to address it.
Maze Runner actually did pretty well in the box office, and many of my high school students quoted it as their “favorite movie ever!” It’s no surprise why. It’s targeted at youthful teenagers who don’t know good cinematic gold. Perhaps it’s that I’m getting old and crotchety, but the movie was absolute garbage. Mostly because it failed to address some very important and clarifying parts from the book– namely Teresa and Thomas being able to communicate telepathically. Seriously, this is an extremely important plot point. Like picture a Spider-Man movie where he can’t climb walls. It also had multiple plot holes and poor story telling technique. Here’s a great video if you’d like an in-depth dissection of it’s flaws.
Let’s be honest for a moment though, it can’t be held to a crazy high standard. I mean James Dashner, the author of the YA series, is no Hemingway. In all honestly, he’s a pretty crumby writer, but the story is actually very interesting and captivating. He has a good way with characters and drags you into it nonetheless…so maybe he is a good writer?? Regardless, this series is far from being a classic, so it’s hard to rip into too much.
With the new addition to the film series coming out this September, I have been very interested how the filmmakers are going to adapt the text. So let’s look into what they’ve shown us so far. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t look good. Have a look for yourself first though:
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Trailer 1
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Trailer 2
- I’ve never watched Game of Thrones (go ahead, stone me) but everyone keeps telling me that Aidan Gillen is some god of acting ability and plays a debonair sly fox on the show, but I’m really not seeing that in this trailer. In fact, I’m seeing the exact opposite. This is most likely due to the fact that his American accent is atrocious. Seriously, if you missed it the first time, watch it again and laugh till you’re blue. It’s really bad, like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins bad. I feel like Doc Brown asking, “Does everyone talk like an American Irish hybrid in the future? Or is that just you?” Not to mention that he looks nothing like Ratman is described in the book. Maybe that’s unfair, but it bothers me.
- What’s with the scene with Thomas and the rest of Gladers escaping into the Scorch…. In the book they are sent by Ratman as the second phase of their testing hence the title Scorch Trials. There isn’t a whole action sequence with a man with a hybrid American Irish accent screaming, “You’ll never survive in the Scorch!!” I hate it when movies add completely unnecessary action to try and spice up the film. Whatever happened to allowing the plot to be the selling point of your story? Citizen Kane anyone???
- This last point is the most annoying to me because it completely destroys the most integral plot point of the book. Teresa is freaking with them!! What the crap!!?? This completely destroys the whole “There was another maze” plot point as well as the way WICKED toys with Thomas at the end of the book. I’m trying to address this as spoiler free as possible so if you haven’t read the book, trust me, It’s really important. There has to be another Maze though, because they bring it up in the trailer and Aris and several other integral characters are in the cast. Adding Teresa to the main group just ruins the whole plot. The only possible reason that I can think of including her with the rest of the guys is that they failed to bring in the telepathy part into the first film. Wow, that’s really destroying this entire series isn’t it?
Well there isn’t much, but there are a few things that I found somewhat exciting.
- The Scorch looks perfect! In fact pretty much every setting in the trailer looks really awesome! They didn’t spare any expense on detail for sure (maybe they should have gotten some better actors, but hey it’s a kids movie).
- The little bit we see of Brenda is pretty good. She at least looks well cast. She fits the description pretty perfectly. Really the Cranks look pretty good in general. I’m excited to see what they do with the rest of the Crank characters and hope that they’re developed well. Especially Brenda, but I have low expectations because Teresa is there….but moving on.
- The second trailer appears to follow the book better than the first. So maybe they learned their lesson from the first film…most likely not though.
Overall, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials looks substandard. I have very low expectations for this film, and don’t worry, I’ll be reviewing it here for sure. Keep your eye out for it! But until then, What do you think? Am I off my rocker, do you agree with my student that The Maze Runner is the best movie ever and see the second having success? Let me know in the comments.