Movie Review: The Maze Runner


Confession: I liked it better than the book.

I KNOW, I KNOW, blasphemy. I…liked the book, but I didn’t like the pacing, or the writing, or some of the plot points. But in a movie format, I had none of these problems.

If you don’t know anything about The Maze Runner, here’s what it’s generally about:

Thomas wakes up in this new place, and his only memory is his name. This “place” is called the Glade, and it’s surrounded by this enormous maze – in three years, it has never been solved by the Glade boys. They can’t get out, and they have no memories of their former lives. But when Thomas arrives…things are changing…


I thought it made good choices that differed from the book.

I’m not going to go into what those changes were, because spoilers, but what I will say is that I thought they were more effective than the book. There are still plot holes, but there weren’t as many conveniences as the book.

And…okay, no spoilers. So the connection between Teresa and Thomas, in the book, was something I really didn’t like. But thankfully, in the film, they’ve changed this. There were enough changes that, even though I’ve read the book, I had no idea what was going to happen.

I loved that. I love that it kept the integrity of the book’s story while remaining a really good film in its own right.

(Not that I’m a film critic, so it might be rubbish, but I enjoyed it immensely)


I also really liked the casting.

In some other adaptations *cough*Divergent*cough* everyone tends to look the same.

Not in this one. There was diversity. YAY. Everyone looked different. I struggled with remembering all the names within the book, but here it was much easier. So whoever was the casting director, good job with that.

Now I have to read The Scorch Trials before the next movie comes out!

Have you seen the movie? Thoughts of it compared to the book?





Emily is beginning her last year of high school and is kind of worried that she should be more worried (because she’s not at all). While it lasts, she’s writing the third draft of her contemporary YA WIP, reading Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington and praising the warmer weather.



  1. Em, I loved this movie! But I actually haven’t read the book, so I can’t compare the two. Still, I loved it. And I was surprised that it had that great mix of sci-fi and dystopian. It was like Alien vs The Hunger Games, or something like that. The Grievers were creepy awesome. I wasn’t expecting them to be so sci-fi-y (I totally made up that word lol). After seeing it I wanted to read the book, but now I’m not sure after your comments. Maybe I will anyway. Great review 🙂



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