I love movies and I love to read so when a movie based on a book comes out, I get really excited and also nervous. If I’ve read the book that the movie is based on, I want to movie to follow it the best they can. That being said, Scorch Trials is a movie you need to go into knowing that it’s more inspired by the book than based off of it. It’s been a while since I’ve read the book but even I noticed that there were a lot of changes and some of them were pretty major changes. I understood that some of the changes happened because of changes that happened in the first movie but others seemed like they were changed for no reason. I’m not going to talk about each and every change they made but if you’ve seen it let me know what you think about all the changes.
Now I completely understand that a movie and a book are two completely different forms of telling a story and, because of that, there will probably be some changes to make it translate better to the big screen. So, taking that into account, let’s move on to just talking about the movie itself not related to the book.
As with the first movie, I thought that all the actors and actresses had strong performances. I’m probably a bit biased when it comes to Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster because I really like both of them but I really did enjoy all the actors. The new characters were also welcome additions and I didn’t have a problem with any of their performances or the casting. They could have utilized a few of the new characters a little better but overall I liked the casting and performances.
The plot was easy to follow and answered some questions that arose during the first movie. So far I think that in order to really understand the backstory and everything it would still be best for you to read the book as well. On the way out of the theater I was having to explain some of the backstory to my mom so that she understood why everything was happening. Ironically there’s a lot more running than there was in the first one and much of the movie seems to be taken up with action rather than plot building scenes.
Visually the movie looked good. For a movie set in a barren wasteland there was quite a bit of variation in setting throughout (the facility at the beginning, the desert itself, empty cities, rundown cities, and mountains). Each place looked good on screen and I thought that everything captured the feel of the movie very well. The action was pretty well done and at times the movie came off as almost like a horror movie with some creepy elements.
Overall it was a fun movie to watch but it’s definitely nothing life changing. It was good but not great. I definitely enjoyed the movie but I also don’t think that it lived up to everything that it could have been. As I mentioned before, you really need to go into the movie with an open mind if you’ve read the book. Still I can’t help but compare the two and some changes just didn’t seem like they had a reason. I would give this movie a 6.5 out of 10, it was enjoyable but fairly average. Let me know what you guys think. Good luck with school, work, or whatever you have going on today and I’ll see you Wednesday.