The Maze Runner: Movie Review

Hello, young-adult-money-spinning-book-franchise-adaptation-type, we meet again!

Hello, young-adult-money-spinning-book-franchise-adaptation-type, we meet again!

What does one expect from a young-adult movie nowadays? It’s hard to say, really, because to be honest, there’s almost nothing.

One of the toughest things about the genre and the kind of audience it attracts is the very formula it keeps falling back upon. It’s either the vampires, or a futuristic world – both of which (probably) contain an important female protagonist trying to sort out the odds of her life, either romantically or through the issues of the dystopian world she inhabits. Of the lot, the only critically and commercially successful one has to be The Hunger Games as a franchise. Both as an adaptation and as a political voice on pressing issues of the human societal structure, The Hunger Games has managed to hold the audiences brilliantly till the end.

But is that really the end of the kind of young-adult films we’ve got? Of course, we’ve got our share of absolutely important coming-of-age dramedies like The Spectacular Now (directed painfully well by James Ponsoldt), The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower that people have got to see – but for bigger budgeted ideas, is that all we’ve got?

This exactly the point in time when The Maze Runner makes its unceremonious entry as yet another book adaptation that many sane-headed people would be wary about. It really doesn’t help on paper that it stars potential fangirl-magnet Dylan O’Brien (of Teen Wolf fame). There is a twist, however. The first look of the film actually looks ridiculously good. The dark, almost tense and claustrophobic universe the characters are a part of sets the potential audience up for more than just the usual fight-for-good-and-romance-on-the-side dish at the movies.

This shouldn’t surprise us, especially considering Wes Ball’s terrific animated dystopian-world action short Ruin gives us a fair idea of tension, pace and ambient space. Making his debut on the big screen, we’re made to see why the studios picked him in the first place – at least partly.

The doubts? They still stand though. Some of the most ridiculously good looking movie trailers can lead us to the most nightmarishly inane movie exercises ever.

– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha

Aren’t we all just tired of young adult book-to-film adaptations? It’s become a trend that doesn’t seem to let go! And from a purely financial perspective, why should it? There’s tons of money earned, and the studios definitely want to cash in on that. It is in these dubious times when The Maze Runner makes its entry. But is it any good? To know that, click right HERE: