The Maze Runner (2014) — “Welcome to the Glade.”

still-of-thomas-brodie-sangster,-alexander-flores,-kaya-scodelario,-dylan-obrien-and-ki-hong-lee-in-the-maze-runner-(2014)-large-picture-2Please, someone, explain to me, why the fuck would someone want to ruin a film by making the last ten minutes complete shit? I am honestly so pissed off. I go to watch a film, I endure watching it with a book reader1 who spoils everything a split second before it happens2 and I am rewarded with an ending that completely undermines everything, an ending that is as satisfying as all these This Girl Did This Ordinary Thing… But It’s Amazing What Happened Next fucking clickbait titles. Yeah, There Is No Ending. But Watch The Next Two Films, They Might Have Endings!!

Fuck you.


We have this super adorable guy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who won my heart ages ago by voice acting for Ferb from Phineas & Ferb and then by being in Game of Thrones and now being the shining sun of the film3, plus he is a really good character among other good, if slightly played out characters. We have awesome acting all around, even the gorgeous, though very miscast Kaya Scodelario and the surroundings are gorgeous.

Let us not forget the consistently superb atmosphere, often achieved by a wonderful and timely placed score, subtle acting by most of the young all-boys cast4 and just the right amount of scary to tickle my fancy. Naïve at times, the film still manages to be so likable and exciting that it’s very fun to watch.


Do you feel it? Feel like there were some really good times here but you really could not get excited because of the ending I ranted about in the very beginning? That’s great, because I felt the exact same way — the whole film seems ruined because of the ending. Thanks a lot, Wes Ball. One time a book adaption needs its ending changed to make a complete film, you skip the opportunity.

Wow. This was refreshing.

1 a book dissatisfied book reader, I must add, which is a horrible thing, because the comments you get make you all the less excited for the film
2 or get the “but that wasn’t in the book!” reaction
3 I made sure to include him on each picture, too, as you can see :’)
4 Scodelario and the woman in the end don’t count!!

20 responses to “The Maze Runner (2014) — “Welcome to the Glade.”

  1. I was begininning to convince myself I should see this but your review has put me right off. To be honest I’m getting a bit fed up of cliff-hanger ending movies. Although I enjoyed the second Hobbit movie a lot, the ending really annoyed me, and the second Hunger Games movie just felt like filler (I know that will annoy people but it’s how I felt). Great post 🙂

    • I feel like my disappointment is enhanced by my big anticipation of the film, I was really hoping for it to land next to these other YA dystopias that I love. Cliffhangers honestly suck, I agree!

      Not sure if I should be sad or glad that you’re put off now. Maybe see it when the trilogy is all done? 😀

      Thank you so much!

  2. Bwahahahahaha! This was a very refreshing and entertaining read, well done Elina! I have not read the book, but it has been on my reading list for a while. My colleagues both thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but I am not so sure.

    Point two: As a reader, when I am watching something based off something read, I make a point of not saying anything until it is over – I fucking HATE spoilers like you cannot believe!

    PS: Yes, Thomas Brodie-Sangster is cute!

  3. To be fair, the ending was far better than in the book in my opinion. 😀

    And the ending of the movie was exactly, in terms of the cliff hanger, like the book.. we didn’t really find out anything except that it was a designed experiment and they were taken to the next stage.. so.. I mean.. can’t really fault the movie on staying true to that aspect while the movie did change A LOT from the movie anyway.

    Plus, I don’t know.. it was given that when they make the movie that they aim for two more. I’d be more angry at the beginning, cause it was a lot better in the book. 😀

    • It’s a director’s job to adapt a film so that it would look good on screen. It was bad of the author to leave his book unfinished (no first book in a trilogy should depend on a sequel, ever) BUT it was worse from the director to not do anything about it. That’s the reason I’m disappointed.

      Was the book written well, though? My friend hated the book so much, I was just wondering. 😀

      • Indeed but the script counts for something as well though.. directing later adds context, depth and what not. The ending was already altered in the script in terms of leaving things out.

        You know.. uhmm.. Lord of the Rings depends on thr sequel and the third book.. so do other first books in trilogies. They tie some things together and leave some things open.. as did TMR.. it ended the maze-stage.. and it began a new one in a way.. but it still finished a chapter in their lives or smth. But I could discuss this topic FOR pages and pages !! 😀
        Also, I must say I had mixed feelings. I wrote about it in my review. 😀

        • I’m still not happy with the ending, they should’ve cut more of the ending or add something. It just doesn’t feel complete as a film. If you take Hunger Games’ or HP’s part ones, they both leave you wanting to know more, but they still finish the film and you don’t feel left out if you don’t watch the sequel, something that Maze Runner didn’t do and what I’m very sad for. But yeah, I could talk about it for pages too, so we can just leave it like that, I guess. 😀

  4. I think I would rather someone stab me in the face than watch a movie with someone who has read the book. I swear…one time, I think I caught my sister turning imaginary pages during one of the Harry Potter movies and a large portion of my soul fell straight out of my ass.

    As for this film, as much as I like watching movies you hate…f this one. I’d rather watch Endless Love again. Oooh that Ms. Butterfield.

    • Omg, now I want to see Endless Love again. I’m so glad I turned you on it.

      I once planned taking HP5 with me to the cinema and turning the actual pages and yelling at the screen whenever something was altered… that only failed because that fking book weighed more than me. Man, think of the fun my fellow moviegoers missed.

  5. Why would they end a movie like that? Well, they ended the book the same way – I’m guessing that’s why.

    • Endings, big chunks of films actually, are changed very often by directors, and very often, it’s unfair to the fans of the books. Yet a film should serve the same purpose as the first book in a trilogy (series) always does, that is, have potential for a sequel, but not a need for it. Maze Runner is just plain unfinished and all right, if the author wanted to do that, it’s a bad book ending, but a director has freedom to make the film ending better. That’s my opinion. I think they just went the easy, money-grabbing way, instead of making a good, complete film.

  6. Sorry this movie is such a bummer! I’ve been wanting to see what the hype was about with Maze Runner but decided to skip it. There’s something with franchise movies now where they don’t know how to end each installment. They do away with what makes sense for Hollywoodized “original” crap.

  7. LOL I thought about maybe putting this in my Netflix queue sometime, but no. I’ll skip it for sure.

  8. Lovely review!
    “though very miscast Kaya Scodelario”
    Oh no! That’s such a shame, I’m a big fan of her.

    • I loved her so much in Skins! I’m not sure if that was the extent of her acting capability or if that was just a very wrong role for her, but I was so disappointed. 😦

      Thank you!!

  9. Fun read.

    Hmm. . .I will also approach this as a rental and with a lot more caution now. I skipped it in theaters after reading several pretty lukewarm reviews, so was in no hurry. But I hate when endings are garbage, the ending always is critical.

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