Maze Runner: Death Cure is the third and final installment of the Maze Runner series, based on the books by James Dashner. To be completely honest, I haven’t read the books yet. I wanted to, but I wanted to wait until the movie trilogy was concluded. That took a little longer than expected, because of the onset accident of Dylan O’Brien. Now that it’s finally here, I was one happy camper.
I know there are not a lot of fans of this movie trilogy and especially the last installment. There is a lot of critique by a lot of different people: from professionals to fans about it being a Hunger Games rip-off (really?) to the young adult hype being long over (yeah right). The last one is a topic I won’t go into. There are a lot of different opinions about that, but I will say this: I don’t think the young adult hype is over, but I believe a lot of people think young adult is synonymous for dystopian and the market for dystopian young adult books is a bit saturated.
Back to Maze Runner: Death Cure. Despite all the negative reviews out there, I really liked it. I liked that we were thrown right in the middle of things and that a lot of things happen. Once again there is a lot of running going on, despite it not being in a maze. There were a lot of things to wrap up and I thought it was nice that there was a focus on that.
I had hoped there would be more focus on the moral dilemma posed in the previous movies. Does the means justify the end? Is finding a cure worth all the misery and hurt done to an entire generation? That is a great big red thread running through the entire trilogy and the reason for Theresa’s betrayal, yet there was hardly any focus on that. The confrontation between Thomas and Theresa also lacked that depth. Though to be fair, there was hardly any time for that as things were a wee bit explosive and not in a good sense.
Once again the theme of friendship is heavily present and it was wonderfully done. It is almost a visible thing between Thomas, Minho, Newt, Frypan and Brenda. Speaking of the last, there was a lot of complaint about there being another love triangle, but romance is heavily absent in this movie, so I didn’t think it was there.
Maze Runner: Death Cure is visibly very beautiful with actions scenes that were wonderfully done.
There are a few things in the movie that were so obvious, I wanted to yell “doh” a few times, but that is par for the course in a lot of movies these days, so I didn’t dwell too much on it. The movie may not be carried by the plot of the movie (leaving the plot of the book out of this), but rather by the characters and their story and the acting.
Should you see Maze Runner: Death Cure? I’m known for my terrible taste in movies. All the movies I like, people around me hate, so I may not be the best person to go by. To answer the question, though. YES! GO AND SEE IT RIGHT NOW! And bring popcorn!