“Welcome to The Glade, Greenie”

“Welcome to The Glade, Greenie”

“Welcome to The Glade, Greenie”
February 15
17:02 2018

It has been about three years since we’ve seen actor Dylan O’Brien put on the hat of main character Thomas, from The Maze Runner series. But he finally returns for the final epic conclusion of the series: “The Death Cure.”

I’ve seen the rotten tomatoes scores and they aren’t the best, but like music, movies are subjective.

With a smooth pace, the action in “The Death Cure” never seems to stop. It was shot beautifully with seamless CGI for special effects and visuals. There were moments that would make a grown person cry and moments when I wanted to stand up and do a one-man standing ovation.

In his review published in The Atlantic, David Sims refers to the film saying “A Young-Adult Trend Fizzles With ‘The Death Cure.’” Yes, the young-adult novel turned movie is played out, but I don’t think it ended with a fizzle but more with a bang.

The movie takes place after one of my favorite characters, Minho (played by Ki Hong Lee) was taken after saving the Maze runner squad. The action starts right out of the gate in the opening scene like Fast and Furious or another high-octane action film. From there, the story and character development picks up from where they left off in the previous film.

Throughout the movie, I love the struggle Thomas goes through when contemplating if he can forgive Teresa, (played by Kaya Scodelario) for betraying the runners in the end of the last movie, “The Scoruch Trials”. The two do the tango with their emotions as well as the audience while the status of their relationship remains unknown. Some might even say Teresa is Thomas’ kyrptonite because he loses his superman-like leadership and abilities when they aren’t a declared an official couple.

O’brien’s acting is hands down the standout performance as the lead character. I’ve followed him from his days on teen Wolf as Stiles Stilinski and he only seems to get better with time. He played a fun, comic relief type character that was the glue for the “Wolf Pack”. But as Thomas he is a lot more serious and he takes on a bigger leadership role.

You will also see the series’ best “bromance” between Thomas and Newt flourish. They are goals for sure when it comes to a best-friend relationship. They go through some MAJOR struggles but always manage to have each others backs.

All in all, in The Death Cure, the supporting characters aka Maze runner squad seem to be hitting all the right cues. They help round out the story and movie as a whole though I didn’t really care for the sub plots involving most of them because the series should really revolve around “dat boy” Thomas.

It was money well spent and I’ll be interested to see if Gotham group also produces the prequels.

Rating: 4.5/5

Featured Image: Courtesy Gage Skidmore

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